Lab Alumni


Megsie DefenseMegsie Siple

I received my Masters with the Donahue Lab in 2012 studying the food web dynamics and the community-wide effects of alien species. I received my  B.A. in Biological Sciences from The University of Chicago in 2007, and before coming to HIMB, I worked on a collaborative project between the Field Museum and Northwestern University for two years. I studied the optical properties of coral skeletons and how these properties may contribute to coral bleaching by light stress. I spent the summer of 2009 studying phycology in Friday Harbor, WA. My past research interests led me to my graduate research project, an examination of the food web of He’eia fishpond and how it is affected by the presence of the invasive alga Gracilaria salicornia. Read more…

I’m currently pursuing a PhD in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, where I study the population structure and dynamics of forage fish. My doctoral research is on mechanisms that enhance stability in forage fish populations, and how these translate into benefits for predators.