Sarah Joy Bittick, Ph.D. 

Wader time in Boundary Bay, British Columbia

Current: Assistant Professor in Biology, Loyola Marymount University
Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia 2018-2019
PhD. Biology, UCLA 2017
B.S. Marine Biology, UCLA 2009

Sarah Joy Bittick is a community ecologist with a particular focus on how multiple human-caused stressors impact trophic interactions and species diversity in nearshore marine systems. Sarah Joy grew up in a small town in California’s Central Valley, and the High Sierra was her early inspiration. She completed her PhD at UCLA in the lab of Peggy Fong in May 2017. From 2017-2019 she was a  Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Mary O’Connor’s lab. Her research at UBC focused on informing local management of seagrass beds with research on nutrient input and community structure.


Serena Myatt

Current: Serena is a senior biology major and psychology minor at Loyola Marymount University.

Serena is from Honolulu, HI and grew up loving to surf, kayak, and watch the sunset. Her love of the ocean and her interest in the impact the changing environment (eg. climate change) has on marine life led her to joining the Coastal Ecology and Conservation Lab. Aside from her academics, Serena also volunteers with Venice Family Clinic and is a member of the LMU Women’s Swim Team.

James Robert Roe

Current: Undergraduate biology student at Loyola Marymount University. Expected graduation in 2022.

James Roe grew up in San Jose, California and was always interested in Marine Biology. He joined LMU’s Coastal Ecology and Conservation Lab to help examine marine ecosystems and analyze human impacts on these systems. Besides being in this lab, James is on the Lacrosse team at LMU and has worked as a TA in the math and chemistry departments.

JT Correy

Current: JT is a junior biology major at Loyola Marymount University with an expected graduation date of spring 2022 .

JT grew up in Vancouver, Washington and has always loved the outdoors. Being a part of LMU’s Coastal Ecology and Conservation Lab allows him to analyze the impact of human created changes in coastal regions of California. JT’s other commitments at LMU include being a member of LMU Emergency Medical Services, the honors program, and a general biology lab teaching assistant.

Roland Troyan

Current: Undergraduate biology student at Loyola Marymount University. Expected graduation in 2022.

Roland Troyan grew up in Santa Clara, California and always had a passion for conservational biology. He joined LMU’s Costal Ecology and Conservation Lab to better understand the human and ecological challenges facing costal ecosystems. Outside of lab, he is a General Biology Lab Teaching Assistant and is the Co-cultural Coordinator for LMU’s Chinese-American club, Han Tao.

Suraj Patel

Current: Suraj Patel is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University majoring in Biology.

Suraj spent most of his childhood in the California Central Coast and gained a large appreciation for nature. He enjoys running, hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. In high school, he volunteered at a small aquarium and was the president of the school’s environmental club. From these experiences, he became passionate about life sciences and hopes to explore different fields of biology in his next four years in college.


Emma Young

Capstone title: The Effect of Nutrient Enrichment on the Anti-herbivory Defenses of Silvieta compressa 

Emma Young is a 2020 Graduate of Loyola Marymount University, with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She completed her senior capstone in the Coastal Ecology and Conservation Lab. She was also a leading member of the sorority Delta Delta Delta on campus. She is currently pursuing her dream of working in the medical field.    

Hannah Lyford

Project title: Assessing the effects of multiple stressors on southern California eelgrass to inform stressor mitigation and restoration efforts

Hannah graduated May 2020 from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Biology. She grew up in Denver, CO spending most of her time outdoors skiing, mountain biking and hiking. During her four years at LMU, an appreciation for spending time outside translated into her research on revegetation techniques and native plant-microbe interactions in the Ballona Wetlands, and an internship with The Bay Foundation assisting with coastal dune site monitoring and habitat restoration. Following graduation, she intends to do a PhD in Ecology.