Research Staff & Technicians
Katie Morgan, Manager of Marine Systems & Manager of Education Initiatives, Biosphere 2
Katie Morgan is the Manager of Marine Systems & Manager of Education Initiatives at Biosphere 2. Katie graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Marine Science. Katie started her adventure at Biosphere 2 in 2012 as an undergraduate intern and today works full-time on various projects. Her work at Biosphere 2 includes overseeing the operation of the Biosphere 2 Ocean and Mangrove systems, including assisting in the development of the vision and project plan for the coral reef research initiative. Katie also oversees the Education and Outreach department helping to create various programs for public visitors as well as the 8,000 annual K-12 students that visit the facility.
Franklin Lane, M.S.; Project Technician, Biosphere 2
Franklin Lane received a BS in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 and a MA in Education Administration from Chapman University in 1996. He served for over twenty years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including three years at sea. He has been a high school science teacher (oceanography and physics), an Athletic Director, and an Administrator. He has worked at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson as an Environmental Educator and is currently the Staff Naturalist for Canyon Ranch Health Resort, also in Tucson. Franklin has been at Biosphere 2 in various capacities since 2010. He supports marine research at the Biosphere as a project technician.
Kara Lachapelle, B.S.; Assistant Project Technician
Kara Lachapelle is the Assistant Project Technician for the Tropical Climate and Coral Reefs Lab & Biosphere 2 Ocean. Kara graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Natural Resources and Conservation Biology and a minor in Marine Science. Kara spent her senior year as an undergraduate intern at the Biosphere 2, assisting in the preparation and implementation of phase one of the three-phase project. Kara’s passions include scuba diving, kayaking, and hiking. Her career interests focus on Conservation Biology, particularly finding and developing new methods to conserve our ocean, it’s ecosystems, and their inhabitants. In addition to her work at the Biosphere 2, Kara also works as an Education Specialist, teaching conservation concepts to the public through workshops and interactive presentations, as well as developing curriculum for K-12 students at the International Wildlife Museum.
Ty Roach, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Scholar, Biosphere 2
Emma Reed graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with majors in Science of Earth Systems and English, and a minor in Marine Biology. She received her M.S. inGeosciences from the University of Arizona in 2016. Alongside collaborators at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Emma used coral cores to reconstruct histories of climate and coral growth in the northern Great Barrier Reef. While in Arizona, she worked at Biosphere 2 to expand its marine science curriculum for middle- and high-school students. Emma joined the Tropical Climate & Coral Reefs Lab in summer 2016. With the help of an NSF Graduate Fellowship, she is working to develop the first paleoclimate and coral growth records from the Marshall Islands. Such records from this understudied region could improve our understanding of Pacific climate variability on seasonal to multi-decadal time scales.
Alice Chapman received her BA in Chemistry and Geosciences from Williams College in 2015 and spent a semester with Sea Education Association (S250). After graduating, she worked as a geochemist at a small environmental consulting company for two and a half years, then obtained her divemaster certification at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas. As a new member of the Tropical Climate and Coral Reefs Lab (joined summer 2018), she is diving into an investigation of Pacific Trade Wind behavior in the context of El Niño by exploring a novel proxy, the manganese/calcium ratio of corals from the central equatorial Pacific.
Maria Snyder is a junior undergraduate in Geosciences with an emphasis in Earth Ocean and Climate and a minor in Marine Science. During her sophomore year she began work in the Cole Paleoclimate lab and developed a trace element record for corals in the Galapagos. She is now continuing her work with corals in the Marshall Islands and as a new member of the Tropical Climate and Coral Reefs Lab she is working on El Nino variability during the little ice age.
Thompson Lab Alumni
Juliette Bateman, undergraduate researcher
Rachel Jiang, undergraduate researcher