Hi, I'm Stacy Zhang.

I am a marine ecologist researching the role of species interactions on coastal ecosystems.


My background


I am a PhD candidate in Marine Science and Conservation in the Silliman Lab at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. I and my research are based at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. 

I received my BS in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in 2008.

My research interests span from basic ecology to social drivers of coastal resource use. Currently, my research focuses on testing if and how species interactions affect community structure and coastal habitat restoration, specifically of seagrasses.

I am also a devoted educator. I have served as a co-instructor and teaching assistant for multiple courses ranging from molecular biology to ecological travel courses to the Caribbean. My approach to teaching takes a strong experiential education strategy where I employ a diverse array of tools, discussions, and hands-on activities to help students learn both basic and complex scientific and social issues as they relate to ecology and conservation. 

I am a strong proponent of scientific outreach and communication. I have worked as an organizer of The Scientific Research and Education Network for several years and welcome opportunities to speak in local and distant classrooms. In addition, I serve on the Duke University Board of Trustees Human Resources standing committee.