Current contributing writers 

Andrew Tomes

I am an MS student at State University of New York school of Environmental Science and Forestry. My research focuses on plant-fungal interactions, specifically mycorrhizae. I am interested in testing whether deliberate inoculation with fungi-containing soil can boost the growth and survival of chestnut seedlings and learning more about which fungi they like. I also do work with GIS (Geographic Information Systems), using satellite survey data to predict plant distributions. 

Christopher Wells

In a broad sense I'm interested in invertebrate community ecology, particularly invasion ecology and the ecology of symbioses.  I'm also very interested in community succession and how it varies through space and time.  I've spent most of my time working in the Gulf of Maine.  My research focuses on marine invertebrates with an emphasis on sea anemones.  The bulk of my work is done in the field on living organisms.

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I think it is amazing how we know more about outer space than we do about the ocean and our lives heavily rely on water. My research interests focuses on marine biology including behavioral ecology and fisheries biology. I am also interested in coastal communities, from the animals that live there, all the way up to the people living on the edge of the ocean and lakes; it takes a lot of rugged-ness to live in these unpredictable environments. Here at FeedtheDataMonster, I mostly write about marine-related topics but my interests can span a wide variety of fields.
Currently, I am a 2015 Knauss fellow, working at NOAA's National Sea Grant office as their Coastal Communities Specialist. 


I am a microbiologist, ecologist and evolutionary biologist passionate about doing science and improving the way I communicate about the science I do. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Vaughn Cooper’s laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.

I am a theorycrafter obsessively thinking about all the "what ifs" of biology. I also study how microbes behave and adapt to life in crowded spaces like biofilms using experimental evolution.


My research interests center on molecular interactions occurring in marine organisms.  From cone snails to lampreys to jellyfish, there's a whole world out there (pun intended) worth knowing.  My current focus is on symbiotic relationships and their biomedical applications - which I am investigating as a PhD student in Michael Dawson's lab. My previous research experience can be found here. 


I am a current PhD student in zoology at the University of New Hampshire. I am endlessly fascinated by how organisms interact with each other and their environment. In my experience, if you're patient and really look at the world around you, you'll see some amazing things. I am especially fascinated by symbioses, particularly parasitic associations, which is the focus of my current work. I am investigating the role and impacts of a flatworm parasite in the estuaries of New Hampshire. 

Seth Goodnight

I used to check out the same book on fish (the only one) from my elementary school library. As of now I'm working on my PhD in marine biology. After four years (and counting) of graduate school I've finally narrowed my interest down to marine invertebrates: just 70% of the earth and 97% of the animals. My research focuses on the life history and population dynamics of the sea slug Pladica dendritica.