Lab Group

Rachel Alcorn, Graduate Student Researcher

As a long-time lover of the marine sciences, I was happy to join the MEAS department as a graduate student in the Fall of 2022. While my previous experiences range from genetics to whale ecology, I am currently interested in paleoceanography and marine conservation. My research is currently focused on the use of foraminiferal fossil records to reconstruct past ocean condition, and this research can be utilized to better predict future changes to our oceans from modern climate change. Outside of my research, I am also an artist and a nerd for shells, fossils, and cool ocean critters.

Emily Havard, Graduate Student Researcher

I joined the lab in Fall 2022 as a graduate student and am interested in marine ecology, paleoclimatology and geochemistry. My current research focuses on recent changes in planktic foraminiferal ecology and species abundance in the Santa Barbara Basin and the effect of climate change on the coastal California environment. I have a background in geoscience and previous experience with geochemistry of carbonates and fossil assemblages of foraminifera. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy hiking, fossil hunting and listening to music.

Shannon Doherty, Postdoctoral Researcher

Katherine Cherry, Undergraduate Student Researcher

Lucas Smathers, Undergraduate Student Researcher

Sara Wall, Undergraduate Student Researcher

Interested in joining ?

Graduate Students
If you are interested in joining us in the 2024-2025 academic year, please email me with a CV and a description of your research interests. Information on the graduate program in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences can be found here.

Undergraduate Students
There are several routes for undergraduate students to participate in research in our lab. If you are an NC State undergraduate interested in climate change in the oceans, past or present, please email me with a description of your interests and background.

Postdoctoral Researcher
If you are interested in joining the lab as a postdoc, please reach out to me directly to discuss fellowship opportunities.