Current Lab Members & Affiliates

Aaron Galloway; PhD, Assistant Professor, OIMB (PI)


Aaron works on aquatic trophic ecology, with a focus on fatty acids as biomarkers for inferring food web relationships and tracking across-system energy subsidies. Aaron completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciencesworking at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Aaron is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.

Julie Schram; PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, OIMB


Julie is broadly interested in marine population and community ecology and how shifts in environmental factors can influence the dynamic interactions between seaweeds and invertebrates. She completed her doctoral research on the responses of Antarctic invertebrates to seawater warming and acidification at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Reyn Yoshioka; PhD Candidate, OIMB


Reyn's interests are in the trophic ecology and parasitism of marine invertebrates. Reyn is currently working on seagrass wasting disease and associated food web implications. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, having since worked in Dr. Drew Harvell's lab studying disease ecology of corals, eelgrass, and sea stars. Check out Reyn's marine photography here!

Ross Whippo; PhD Student, OIMB


Ross works on marine community ecology, patterns of biodiversity, and trophic ecology. He received his master's degree in zoology from the University of British Columbia in 2013, after which he worked as the central technician for the Smithsonian Institution's MarineGEO program. Currently, he is interested in kelp forest community dynamics and food web structure. You can find out more on his website.

Jessie Masterman; PhD Student, OIMB


Jessie is interested in studying marine trophic ecology through a chemistry lens, with a particular focus on gelatinous organisms. Jessie received B.S. degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2010 and a M.S. degree in marine science from KAUST in Saudi Arabia in 2012, under Dr. Michael Berumen. After a stint in industry, Jessie has returned to marine science at OIMB, where she is co-advised by Dr. Kelly Sutherland and Dr. Galloway.

Mike Thomas; MS Student, OIMB


Mike has broad interests in marine and aquatic invertebrate ecology. He is currently investigating the trophic ecology of larval and juvenile Dungeness crabs in the Coos Bay estuary. Mike completed his undergraduate degree in Career and Technical Education at Northern Arizona University before making his way to OIMB. Mike's primary advisor is Dr. Alan Shanks but works closely with Dr. Galloway and CTELab.

Natalie Thompson; Undergraduate Sea Grant Intern, OIMB


Natalie is a second-year student at Southwestern Oregon Community College studying marine biology. She is working in CTELab as an intern; she was an intern in the CTELab in 2018 through the OIMB REU program (check out her blog about her project) and is currently working Dungeness crab projects funded by Oregon Sea Grant. After graduating with her Associate of Science, Natalie plans on transferring to a four-year university to continue her education.

Wendel Raymond, PhD Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Juneau)


Wendel is interested in marine ecological processes and function, and is principally a member of the Eckert Lab at UAF. For his PhD research, he is working on the indirect community effects of sea otters on coastal SE Alaska seagrass communities. Wendel is doing his lipids work at CTELab and Dr. Galloway is on Wendel's committee.