Caroline Blake

Caroline Blake

Watershed and Lake Education Program Assistant, Lake Champlain Sea Grant
caroline.blake@uvm.edu | rsenr/profiles/caroline_blake
802-391-4410
Interests & Expertise: Caroline has expertise in place-based education and natural resources. She is the lead for a collaborative UVM Extension program 4-H20 and manages the Burlington-based Watershed Alliance K-12 school programming.

Saul Blocher

Research Technician (Water Quality)
saul.blocher@uvm.edu

Ariana Chiapella

Ariana Chiapella

Research Associate 
ariana.chiapella@uvm.edu
Research focus: Ari is broadly interested in the effects of anthropogenic stressors on aquatic food webs – particularly on the impacts of introduced species and contaminants. Her research projects typically employ an interdisciplinary approach to answer questions that help inform ecosystem management. Previously, Ari’s work primarily focused on the impacts of fish stocking and the accumulation of atmospherically deposited mercury in mountain lake food webs. For her postdoctoral research, Ari is using diet tracing techniques to delineate carbon energy pathways in Lake Champlain’s forage fish community, in anticipation of an impending quagga mussel invasion. By understanding the basal energy pathways that support the lake’s fish communities, this research will help managers better adapt to the arrival of quagga mussels and protect the resiliency of Lake Champlain’s fisheries.

Kirstin Collins

Kirstin Collins near lake

Captain of the R/V Melosira
kirstin.collins@uvm.edu | rsenr/profiles/kirstin_collins
802-585-1645
Interests & Expertise: Kirstin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2009. She has sailed on the high seas ever since aboard research boats, cargo vessels, and offshore energy ships.

Ashley Eaton

Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator, Lake Champlain Sea Grant
ashley.eaton@uvm.edu | rsenr/profiles/ashley_eaton
802-391-4410
Interests & Expertise: Ashley coordinates K-12 watershed science education programming and professional development opportunities for teachers, and supports undergraduate internship experiences. A large portion of her position is overseeing the UVM Watershed Alliance, which is a UVM Extension and Lake Champlain Sea Grant collaborative K-12 education program focused on increasing watershed awareness and stewardship throughout the Lake Champlain Basin and Vermont. She works on environmental literacy initiatives locally through the VT State-Wide Environmental Education Program and the Champlain Basin Education initiative and nationally through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the North American Association of Environmental Education.

Jeremy Howland

Jeremy Howland

Research Technician (Phycology)
jeremy.howland@uvm.edu

Ben Marcy-Quay

Ben Marcy-Quay

Postdoctoral Associate
Advisor: Ellen Marsden
benjamin.marcy-quay@uvm.edu
Research focus: Ben is studying the population dynamics of lake trout in Lake Champlain with a particular focus on restoration and wild reproduction. Prior to his post-doc, Ben studied aquatic communities in northeastern mountain lakes as they recovered from acid precipitation. His work leverages long-term datasets, quantitative approaches, and often novel methodologies including electronic monitoring and genetic mark-recapture techniques. While at UVM, Ben will seek to better understand the performance of stocked lake trout from New York and Vermont including their biomass, survival rate, and relative contribution to the recent surge in natural reproduction.

Alex Medvedeff

Alex Medvedeff

Research Technician and Data Specialist
alexander.medvedeff@uvm.edu
Research involvement: Alex is a Laboratory Research Technician in the Bowden Watershed Research Lab for the streams component of the Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program. He conducts field work at Toolik Field Station in Northern Alaska during the summer, then analyzes the samples at the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab during the rest of the year.