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The Gownaris Lab at Gettysburg College relies on quantitative methods to inform marine and freshwater ecology and conservation in a rapidly changing world. Our research seeks to better understand how marine foragers respond to climate shifts and extremes, with a focus on intraspecific variation in these responses. Additionally, we conduct research into DEIB in STEM and into global marine spatial planning.

As part of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Department at Gettysburg College, our lab members have diverse research interests. Current projects in the lab range from using bibliometric data data to examine patterns in "parachute science" in the field of ecology to using tern chick provisioning data to better understand how individuals vary in their dietary responses to marine heatwaves. Check out our research page for more information on current projects and our inclusive STEM page for open resources on inclusive STEM education! 

Lab News 

Recent lab member Julia Sharapi ('23) awarded NSF GRFP!
We are so incredibly proud of Julia Sharapi, who graduated from Gettysburg College in 2022, for being awarded an NSF GRFP. 
Julia completed her impressive undergraduate honor's thesis in the Gownaris lab, where she used Bayesian mixing models and stable isotope data to quantify the diet of key fishery species in Lake Turkana, Kenya. 
Since Gettysburg, Julia has been working towards an MS at the Integrative Conservation and Sustainability program in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology. She is also an assistant at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies at the University of Georgia. 
Julia's GRFP project focuses on the intersection of wastewater management and microbial ecology (biogeochemical "hotspots"). 
Yay Julia! 
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