Student

Chelsea Wegner

Graduate Research Assistant
Student
Chelsea Wegner
Graduate Research Assistant
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Bio

I have had a diverse set of interests and experiences during my career so far. I have had the opportunity to conduct research in the fields of geochemistry, physical oceanography and coastal geomorphology. This work has involved field work in some amazing places, including the Chesapeake Bay to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I have also had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in marine policy at the Federal level through the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2014. This provided me the opportunity to work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and subsequently with the National Science Foundation (NSF) after my fellowship. At NOAA, my portfolio dealt primarily with international ocean policy. It was during my time with the NSF as part of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), and having had the incredible opportunity to travel to Antarctica, that I decided to come back to academica and pursue my PhD in polar ocean sciences. The combination of my experiences at NOAA that exposed me to pressing issues in the Arctic along with my experience with the USAP, I decided to come to CBL to achieve my research goals. I am currently focusing on how sea ice declines in the Chukchi Sea due to a rapidly warming Arctic are potentially driving changes in the food web. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Geochemistry
  • Polar Environments
  • Marine Policy

Education

  • M.S. Marine Science, 2013, University of South Carolina
  • B.S. Environmental Science, 2011, University of Mary Washington

Graduate Program Foundation Areas