Curriculum vitae

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CURRENT POSITION

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

 

EDUCATION

2017  PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and  Evolutionary Biology, Storrs, CT

Thesis title: Ecophysiology and taxonomy of Saccharina latissima forma angustissima (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) from the Gulf of Maine, USA. Charles Yarish, Advisor.

2011 MSc Biology Humboldt State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Arcata, CA

Thesis title:  A floristic analysis of the marine algal and seagrass flora between Cape Mendocino, California and Cape Blanco, Oregon. [pdf] Frank J. Shaughnessy, Advisor.

2008 BS Botany Humboldt State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Arcata, CA

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Augyte, S., L. Lewis, S. Lin, C. D. Neefus, and C. Yarish. 2018. Speciation in the extremely exposed intertidal: the case of Saccharina angustissima (Collins) Augyte, Yarish & Neefus comb. nov. et stat. nov. (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae). Phycologia 57: 100-122. [pdf]

Augyte, S., C. Yarish, S. Redmond, and J. K. Kim. 2017. Cultivation of a morphologically distinct strain of the sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima forma angustissima, from coastal Maine, USA, with implications for ecosystem services.  Journal of Applied Phycology 29:1967–1976. [pdf]

Augyte, S. and A. Pickart.2014. Algal response to removal of the invasive cordgrass Spartina densiflora in a salt marsh at Humboldt Bay, CA.  Natural Areas Journal 34:325-331. [pdf]

Augyte, S. and F. J. Shaughnessy. 2014. A floristic analysis of the marine algae and seagrasses between Cape Mendocino, California and Cape Blanco, Oregon. Botanica Marina57; 251-263. [pdf]

 

PUBLICATIONS IN REVIEW/PREP

Augyte, S., C. Yarish, and C. D. Neefus. The impact of global climate change on the early growth stages of the kelp Saccharina angustissima (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae). In Prep.

Augyte, S., C. Yarish, L. Lewis and P. Lewis. Population connectivity of Saccharina latissima at the southern limits of its range distribution. In Prep.

Huo, Y., J. K. Kim, C. Yarish, S. Augyte, J. Zhang, and P. He. Responses of germination and growth on Ulva proliferaparthenogametes, main   causative species of green tides, to gradients of temperature and light. Submitted to Harmful Algal Blooms.

Langton, R., Augyte, S.,Price, N., Forster, J., Noji, T., Grebe, G., St. Gelais,A., and C. J. Byron. 2018. An Ecosystem Approach to the Culture of Seaweed. NOAA internal publication. In Prep. 22 pp.

 

GRANTS and AWARDS

2018 ARPA-E – Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources Integrated Seaweed Hatchery and Selective Breeding Technologies for Scalable Offshore Seaweed Farming (post-doc) $3,704,276

2018 CT Sea Grant Development Funds $5000

2017 Carl Schaefer Fund for Student Research Award $550

2016 Environmental Leadership Award, Graduate student finalist, UCONN & the Environmental Policy Advisory Council

2016 Predoctoral fellowship/Demi award, the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology $6500

2016 The Ronald Bamford Fund, the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology $1500

2016 Uconn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Doctoral Travel Award $2000

2015 – 2017 Women’s Seamen’s Friend Society of Connecticut graduate award $3000/year

2015 UConn Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the Graduate School $2000

2015 Sigma-Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research $500

2014 Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center grant Development of a cultivation program for a morphologically distinct strain of the sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima forma angustissima from southern Maine (co-PI) $25,000

2014 The Francis Rice Trainor Endowment Fund to the Connecticut Museum of Natural History and the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2013 International Phycological Congress, Travel Award

2013 Phycological Society of America,  Hoshaw Travel Award

2013 Connecticut Sea Grant, Student support to attend Northeast Algal Society meeting

2013 The Ronald Bamford Fund to the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2009-2010 Humboldt State University, Biological Sciences Departmental Master’s Grant

2010-2011 Humboldt State University, College of Natural Resources and Sciences Pesident’s Scholars Support Fund

2011 Northwest Algal Society, Travel grant

2011 British Phycological Society, Travel grant

2009 Northwest Algal Society, Best Graduate Student Poster award

 

RESEARCH

2018 Foundations of Biology, UConn Stamford, 4 unit course, lecture and lab.

2017 Chief Scientist, Greenwave, Fairhaven, CT.

2014 Research Assistant, UConn Marine Seaweed Biotechnology Lab, Stamford, CT.

2009-2011 Biological Technician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Arcata, CA.

2011 Research Volunteer, California Department of Fish and Game, Humboldt Bay and Fort Bragg, CA.

2009 NSF Trainee, Tropical Phycology Course at the Smithsonian Institute for Pan American Studies at Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

2009- 2011 AAUS Scientific SCUBA diver, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

2003 Restoration intern, U.S. National Park Service, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i.

 

TEACHING/OUTREACH

2017 Designing and developing an undergraduate course: Intro to Phycology, Santa Fe Community College, NM.

2013 & 2016 Marine Sciences Day Workshop Coordinator, University of Connecticut, Marine Sciences, Avery Point, CT.

2016 Innovative Approaches to Ocean Cultivation and Processing of Macro Algae for the Production of Fuels, Chemicals, Feed, and Food workshop participant. Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, Washington, D.C.

2015 UConn BioBlitz – Build-your-own-microscope workshop leader, Storrs, Connecticut.

2015 Maine Seaweed Festival – Kelp cultivation workshop presenter, Southern Portland, Maine.

2015 & 2016  Experience the Sound seaweed workshop facilitator. Bruce Museum Seaside Center, Greenwich, CT.

2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting – Taxonomy Fair participant, Portland, Oregon.

2014 Siskiyou Field Institute “Ecology and Uses of Marine Seaweeds” course instructor, Crescent City, California.

2012-2017 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Courses taught; Biology of the Algae, Principles of Biology, Foundations of Biology.

2012 NSF Marine Outreach Workshop Coordinator, Humboldt State University, Telonicher Marine Lab, Trinidad, CA.

2008-2011 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Humboldt State University. Courses taught; Phycology, General Botany, Principles of Biology.

 

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

Augyte, S., C. Yarish, and S. Redmond. Farming Saccharina angustissima, a unique kelp, in the Gulf of Maine, USA, with a focus on production and ecosystem services. 2017. World Aquaculture Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.

Augyte, S., C. Yarish, J. Kim, and S. Redmond. Cultivation of a unique form of sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima forma angustissima, from Northwestern USA with a focus on nutrient uptake and production. 2017. 6th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology, Nantes, France.

Yarish, C., J. K. Kim, and S. Augyte. Seaweed aquaculture in northeast of the U.S. for production, ecosystem services and strain development. 2016. Algae Biomass Summit.

Augyte, S., C. Yarish, S. Redmond and J. K. Kim. Insights into the culitvation of a morphologically distinct strain of the sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima forma angustissima from southern Maine. 2016. 36th Milford Aquaculture Seminar.

Augyte, S., and F. J. Shaughnessy. Natural and anthropogenic factors affecting the distributions of seaweeds in the capes region: southern Oregon and northern California. 2014. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (Invited speaker). 

Augyte, S., L. A. Lewis and C. Yarish. 2013. Invasive green alga, Bryopsis maxima; first recorded in Long Island Sound. Connecticut Conference for Natural Resources (Poster).

Shaughnessy, F. J., S. Augyte and C. Conlogue. 2013. Marine floristics from Cape Blanco to Cape Mendocino: Surprises, Changes and Relevance. Northern California Botanists Symposium.

Augyte, S. and F. J. Shaughnessy. 2011. A floristic analysis of the spatial variability of marine intertidal algae between Cape Mendocino, CA and Cape Blanco, OR. Phycological Society of America (Bold talk).

Augyte, S. and F. J. Shaughnessy. 2011. Biodiversity of Northern California’s marine intertidal algae: a functional group approach. Western Society of Naturalists.

 

MENTORING EXPERIENCE

2017 Ben Howe (undergraduate student, Sterling University, Scotland) Assisted in running kelp nursery for sustainable aquaculture practices

2017 Elena Dobryn (undergraduate student, Northeastern University, MA) Employed genetic techniques in microsatellite project

2015-2016 Allison Ferro & Namrata Ramakrishna (high school seniors, Stamford High School, CT) Assisted in running ecological lab experiments

 

SERVICE IN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY 

JOURNAL REVIEWS: Phycologia, Journal of Applied Phycology, Reviews in Aquaculture, Phytotaxa

Grant reviews: Icelandic Research Fund

Book reviews: Csiro Publishing

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

American Association for the Advancement of Science

International Phycological Society

American Water Resources Association

Phycological Society of America (Served on Membership, Election, and Applied Phycology Committees)

Northeast Algal Society

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

Sigma Xi

 

REFERENCES

•   Dr. Charles Yarish, charles.yarish@uconn.edu, (203) 251-8432. University of Connecticut, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Professor.

•  Dr. Louise Lewis, louise.lewis@uconn.edu, (860) 486-6723.  University of Connecticut, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Professor.

•  Dr. Senjie Lin, senjie.lin@uconn.edu,  (860) 405-9168. University of Connecticut, Dept. of Marine Sciences. Professor.

•  Dr. Paul Lewis, paul.lewis@uconn.edu, (860) 486-2069. University of Connecticut, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Professor.

•  Dr. Christopher Neefus, chris.neefus@unh.edu, (603)862-1990. University of New Hampshire, Dept. of Biological Sciences. Professor.

•   Andrea Pickard,  Andrea_Pickart@fws.gov. (707) 822-6378. Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Ecologist.