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Jessica Lunt

Dr. Jessica Lunt

(772) 462-0973 E-Mail

Dr. Jessica Lunt is a Florida native who obtained her B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of West Florida before heading to Texas. She joined SMS in fall 2014 after receiving her PhD from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, where she focused on the effects of turbidity on oyster reef communities. At SMS, Jessica is part of the Benthic Ecology group, working to understand the impacts of environmental variability on estuarine communities, including managing the long-term benthic monitoring project of the St Lucie Estuary and southern Indian River Lagoon.


Michelle stephens

Michelle Stephens

(772) 462-0992 E-mail

"I received my bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Florida Tech in 2003.  I started working with benthic animals in 2004 and obtained my current position at the Smithsonian Marine Station in 2005.  I find the diversity and the uniqueness of benthic animals as well as the natural and anthopogenic impacts on these tiny obscure animals interesting.  I hope to raise my sons in understanding the big and small world and their impact on it."


katrinaKatrina Bayliss


"I grew up in Ohio and moved to Florida in 2010. I graduated from Florida Tech in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and was hired as a full time employee after taking part in an internship at the Marine Station over the summer of 2013. I’ve always been an invertebrate person, everything from small crustaceans to jellyfish and I love educating the public about their local ecosystems and ways that they can make a difference."






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