Student and Alumni Spotlight

At the School of Freshwater Sciences we have the privilege of working with some remarkable students.

Headshots School of fresh water
Headshots School of fresh water

Steven DeVilbiss (MS Professional Science ’16)

Steven DeVilbiss is using his degree from UWM to help protect the water supply in a job with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Listen to his story.

Caroline Mosley (MS Thesis ’14)

“Invasive mussels have drastically altered energy flow in Lake Michigan. Although the nearshore mussels have been studied extensively, very little is known about offshore mussels that thrive in the colder, nutrient-poor depths. My research focuses on studying these offshore mussels and how they cycle nutrients by filtering up to 4 liters of water per day. Because of my studies at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, I have become SCUBA certified and dove on Lake Michigan’s west and east sides, conducted research on-board the Environmental Protection Agency monitoring and research vessel R/V Lake Guardian, and traveled to Portland, OR to present my research at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting.”

Starting in February 2015, Caroline traveled to Washington DC for the John D. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow working as a Science Communications Specialist for NOAA. Click here to read the Sea Grant blog featuring Caroline and her work while attending the School of Freshwater Sciences.

After completing her fellowship, Caroline took a position with The Wilderness Society as a Digital Content Producer for the organizations energy and climate campaign.

Emily Tyner (MS Thesis ’13, PhD Candidate)

“I am excited to be back at SFS as a PhD student where I am transitioning from the field studies and laboratory experiments that I did for my master’s degree here at the school to a more policy focused course of study. This will build off my thesis research, which examined the low benthic oxygen conditions linked to large-scale avian botulism die off events in northern Lake Michigan. I would like to prepare myself for a career that combines outreach with research and communication, perhaps working with Sea Grant or a university extension program. I had an interesting (and challenging) 10 months working on Lake Malawi and would like to incorporate research on water quality around the African Great Lakes into my future career plans.”

Emily completed her Master’s of Science from the School of Freshwater Sciences in 2013 and has now returned for a doctoral degree. This summer, Emily worked at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan on a project involving avain botulism. She helped to coordinate citizen scientists to collect samples from the bottom of Lake Michigan Click here to read more about Emily’s work last summer.