People

We are always looking for people who are excited to study marine microbes!
Meet our current members:
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Gwenn Hennon, Assistant Professor

Dr. Gwenn Hennon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Gwenn loves the way phytoplankton are both astonishingly beautiful and globally important. She wants to be able to predict phytoplankton community composition in the future ocean and understand how microbial interactions may shift.

Her hobbies include cross-country skiing and sledding with her husband and two kids.

Jake Cohen, Graduate Student

Jake Cohen is an MS student studying the impact of warming on microbial communities in the Northern Gulf of Alaska (NGA). Specifically, he is focusing on understanding how the NGA's microbial community structure responded to the 2019 North Pacific marine heatwave. This work is being conducted with the NGA Long Term Ecological Research Network and will help the project understand the resiliency of the ecosystem in response to both short term environmental perturbations and long-term climate change. Jake grew up in Boston and graduated from the University of Montana in 2019 with a B.S. in Microbiology and Microbial Ecology. When not in the lab or in the field, he enjoys backpacking, running, and taking advantage of any opportunity for adventure in Alaska's backcountry.

Kyle Dilliplaine, Graduate Student

Kyle Dilliplaine began his academic career at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he received his B.S. in Marine Biology. During his tenure, he worked in the Benthic Ecology lab assisting research involving intertidal oyster reefs. He received his M.S. in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he investigated the impact of crude oil on sea-ice algae. While exploring the meiofaunal organisms (microscopic metazoans) found within the ice, he expanded his love of worms (Polychaeta) to include free-living flatworms (Xenacoelomorpha and Platyheminthes). He is a second-year doctoral student studying the response of sea-ice algal communities to sublethal crude oil exposure—research guided directly by his M.S. work. This work involves the use of molecular techniques to explore the physiological response of these algae. Kyle is fascinated by the ephemeral nature of sea ice and the habitat it provides to primary producers that bloom within the ice each spring.  His work is important to help assess how anthropogenic climate change, and pollution, may alter the base of the Arctic food web.