Carolyn Hamman

Carolyn Hamman

M.S. Student


2150 Koyukuk Drive
245 O'Neill Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220


University of Miami
B.S. Marine Science and Biology



Influence of warming oceanic water on the thermotolerance of two Arctic teleosts





My first research experience was in high school where I conducted two research projects related to the nutrient and temperature curves of Thalassiosira pseudonana with Drs. Elena Litchman and Daniel O'Donnell. This research eventually led to a publication. I went on to receive my B.S. from the University of Miami in marine science and biology with minors in chemistry and mathematics. I had an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) looking at the toxicity of Heterosigma akashiwo at the University of Delaware. Additionally, I was awarded the Hollings Scholarship which resulted in an internship at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Panama City Beach, Florida, with Dr. John Carlson looking at the feeding ecology of silky shark. I was an intern in Dr. Neil Hammerschlag's Shark Lab, and my senior thesis focused on optimizing methods for measuring shark leukocytes. I'm now currently in Dr. Trent Sutton's lab as a part of the Nearshore Fish Monitoring Program.



O'Donnell, D.R., C.R. Hamman, E.C. Johnson, C.T. Kremer, C.A. Klausmeier, and ELitchman. 2018. Rapid thermal adaptation in a marine diatom reveals constraints and trade‐offsGlobal Change Biology 24(10): 4554–4565.


Career Goal

To work at a government or state aquatic biology program


  • Molecular biology
  • C++
  • R
  • ArcGIS
  • Animal care


Research Overview

I am a member of the Beaufort Sea Nearshore Fish Monitoring Program, which has been quantifying and qualifying the nearshore fish assemblage in this region since 1981. With this project, my thesis will focus on the thermotolerance of broad whitefish and arctic cisco by exposing the fish to a thermal ramping rate until their critical thermal maximum is met, whereupon I will quantify and compare their HSP70 concentrations.


Current research projects

  • Beaufort Nearshore Fish Monitoring Program
  • Arctic Lamprey eDNA project


Awards / Honors

  • EPSCoR Fire and Ice Student Seed Grant, awarded to students whose research projects further the work of the Fire and Ice program, 2019
  • NOAA Hollings Scholarship, awarded to assist undergraduates whose research aligns with NOAA principles, 2017


Student Internships

  • NSF REU Internship
  • NOAA Hollings Internship
  • University of Miami Shark Research Lab


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