The DISL and University Programs (UP) would like to welcome two new faces to our organization – UP Registrar Regina Kollegger and Post-doctoral Fellow Dr. Brittany Blomberg.

College and graduate students will be interacting frequently with Ms. Kollegger, particularly as UP Summer School 2016 amps up. Most recently from Saratoga Springs, NY, where she was a public library director and a science, technology and arts educator, she also taught middle school science for the Mobile County Public School System. An artist as well as an educator, Ms. Kollegger exhibits her work with the Dauphin Island Art and Heritage Council.

Ms. Kollegger said, "I look forward to working one-on-one with students, faculty and staff and facilitating University Programs' adoption of an online student registration and campus life management system."

"I'm proud to be a part of an education team that promotes environmental conservation," she concluded. Dr. Blomberg received her PhD in Coastal and Marine System Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her doctoral research focused on the ecological restoration and assessment of oyster reef habitats.

She is working as a Post-doctoral Researcher with Dr. Heck, where her main focus will be to synthesize the data and results of all of the living shorelines projects conducted in Alabama during the last decade (see story on Dr. Heck's NAS grant in this issue of the Skimmer).

"I will be working with a great team of people here at DISL, and also in collaboration with people from The Nature Conservancy and Northeastern University, to create a synthesis document to strengthen and direct future restoration efforts within Alabama and elsewhere," she stated. "I look forward to learning about past living shoreline restoration projects, and producing useful information and recommendations to strengthen future projects.