In the summer of 2008, two scientists, a graduate student, a teacher, and an undergraduate student came together to conduct research and create educational resources on seagrass. They lived and worked at a research field station called the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, VA, getting wet and dirty in the field, running tests and logging data in the lab, and then utilizing the powerful resources available at their fingertips to build science classroom lessons. Click on the videos below to learn more about these COSEE Coastal Trends Scientist-Educator Team members and their adventures in science.


Scientist - Karen McGlathery

Karen McGlathery is an Associate Professor at the Coastal and Marine Ecology Lab, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia.

Her research interests include: Aquatic ecology, biogeochemical controls on estuarine nutrient dynamics, ecophysiology of algae and seagrasses, marine conservation and management.

Scientist - Art Schwarzschild

Art Schwarzschild is a research assistant professor and site director of the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center. He is also the site manager of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

Teacher - Kelly Ksiazek

Kelly Ksiazek is a high school biology teacher from Boulder, CO. Although her home state is land-locked, she is excited to bring the ocean back to her classroom and also apply marine science concepts to the freshwater ecosystems her students are familiar with.

Graduate Student - Laura Reynolds

Laura Reynolds is a graduate student at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on seagrass genetics.

Undergraduate Student - Carissa Wilkerson

Carissa Wilkerson is an undergraduate at Hampton University studying marine science. She has always been interested in science and after graduating from Hampton aspires to do graduate-level course work in a science discipline.