Palmer Lab

@ University of Maryland

Fall 2017 Lab Retreat in West Virginia

Margaret Palmer

Lab Principal Investigator and Director of SESYNC. [Full Curriculum Vitae PDF] [Twitter]

Kelly Hondula

PhD candidate (2016- present) studying methane emissions from seasonally inundated forested wetlands. Interested in linking hydrology, biogeochemistry, and remote sensing. Kelly is also part of the data science team at SESYNC and a ROpenSci fellow. [Twitter] [Github] [Website] [Google Scholar]

Alec Armstrong

PhD candidate (2014 - present) advised by Dr. Margaret Palmer and Dr. Michael Gonsior. Studying dissolved organic matter in the surface waters of freshwater depressional wetlands with a focus on how hydrologic connectivity in wetland ecosystems affects organic matter composition, reactivity, and export to other ecosystems.

Elizabeth de la Reguera

MS student (2017 - present) co-advised by Dr. Kate Tully studying the effects of saltwater intrusion on crop survival and productivity and the storage of carbon in agricultural soils. Interested in biogeochemical cycling, hydropedology, and empowering communities to be involved in science and local issues. [Google Scholar]

Graham Stewart

MS student (2017 - present) advised by Dr. Margaret Palmer and Dr. Michael Williams. Studying soil carbon stabilization and greenhouse gas emissions in restored and natural wetlands. Interested in the ways that humans impact wetland ecosystems, and how environmental change manifests in the biogeochemical and ecological mechanisms that drive ecosystem functions and services.

Anna Kottkamp

MS student (2017- present) co-advised by Dr. Kate Tully studying mechanisms of carbon sequestration in wetland soils. Interested in biogeochemical transformations at terrestrial-aquatic interfaces and the influence of ecosystem function on water quality. [Twitter] [SESYNC GRA Profile][Linkedin]

Michael Williams

Associate Research Professor and Palmer lab manager.

Nate Jones

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017 - present) focusing on hydrologic connectivity between depressional wetlands and downstream waters. More broadly, his research interests include material transport, ecological engineering design, and watershed management. [Twitter] [Google Scholar] [Research Gate] [Github]

Christine Maietta

Postdoctoral Fellow (2017 - present) examining the ecology of microorganisms and methane cycling transformations in freshwater wetland soils.

Undergraduate Interns

  • Julianna Greenberg
  • Abigail Toretsky
  • Eshana Parekh
  • Maggie Tan
  • Bianca Noveno


  • Maira Bezerra, PhD 2017 (currenly Associate Scientist with Freshwater Sciences at Conservation International)
  • Rosemary Fanelli, PhD 2016 (currently a Hydrologist at USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center)
  • Steve Epting, MS 2016 (currently Biologist with the EPA Healthy Watersheds Program and National Tribal Nonpoint Source Coordinator)
  • Jake Hosen, PhD 2015 (currently Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University)
  • Catherine Febria, Postdoc 2013 (currently Research Scientist at University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • Benjamin Koch, Postdoc 2013 (currently Assistant Research Professor at Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University)
  • Owen McDonough, PhD 2013 (Environmental Policy Program Manager at National Association of Home Builders)
  • Brian Laub, PhD 2011 (Assistant Professor, University of Texas - San Antonio)
  • Emily Bernhardt, Postdoc 2002-2004 (Jerry G. and Patricia Hubbard Professor of Biology, Duke University)
  • Laura Craig, PhD 2009 (Associate Director, River Restoration Program, American Rivers)
  • Evan Grant, PhD 2009 (USGS Research Scientist)
  • David Richardson, PhD 2008 (Assistant Professor at State University of New York, New Paltz)
  • Holly Menninger, PhD 2006 (Director of Public Engagement and Science Learning, Bell Museum, University of Minnesota)
  • Bob Smith, MS 2006 (Postdoctoral Research Associate at UMASS-Amherst/Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit)
  • Chris Patrick, BS 2006 (Ecologist at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
  • Brooke Hassett, MS 2006 (Lab Manager, Bernhardt Lab, Duke University)
  • Chris Swan, PhD 2003 (Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • Aaron Moore, MS 2003 (Biomonitoring, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • Brad Cardinale, PhD 2002 (Professor, University of Michigan)