Principal Investigator

M. Zachary Darnell

Nina Bell Suggs Assistant Professor
Division of Coastal Sciences
School of Ocean Science and Engineering
The University of Southern Mississippi

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Graduate Students

Helen Olmi (Ph.D. student)

Helen is investigating migratory movements and fishing mortality of the LA blue crab spawning stock.

Christian Hayes (Ph.D. student)

Christian splits his time between The Craboratory and Kelly Darnell's Coastal Ecology and Seagrass Biology lab and is investigating habitat use patterns of nekton in turtlegrass.

Zac Lane (Ph.D. student)

Zac is investigating the use of burrows as a thermal resource in fiddler crabs.

Talene Yeghissian (Ph.D. student)

Talene's research is focused on thermal constraints on mating behavior and mating success in fiddler crabs.

Emelia Marshall (M.S. student)

Eme's research focuses on assessing the success of restoration efforts on Deer Island, MS.

Former Craboratory Members

Adam Kemberling (M.S., 2018)

Adam examined offshore movements and habitat use of spawning female blue crabs. He is now working for the NOAA Pascagoula Lab.

Lennah Shakeri (M.S., 2018)

Lennah's thesis examined effects of salt marsh fragmentation on blue crab populations.

Abby Kuhn (M.S., 2017)

Abby examined effects of temperature on growth in Callinectes sapidus and C. similis. She is now working at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR.

Samantha Hicks (M.S., 2016)

Samantha's thesis focused on blue crab maternal care behaviors. She is now working for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

Sarah Cunningham

Sarah worked as lab manager from 2015–2017, keeping both crabs and grad students alive, healthy, and happy .