Tanya Ramseyer graduated from Old Dominion University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Oceanography. Tanya completed an internship in the FL Keys studying spiny lobster ecology and disease and then went on to work at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit (SMEE) in Fort Pierce, FL. After realizing she wasn’t done learning or conducting research, Tanya was accepted to the Marine and Environmental Science Master’s program at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. Under Dr. Tyler Smith, she completed her graduate thesis project in January 2018 despite enduring the effects of hurricane Irma. She studied how herbivory and nutrient addition influence the abundance of the brown macroalgae, Dictyota spp. on Caribbean coral reefs. Tanya is an avid scuba diver and just returned from a trip to the Bahamas where she helped assess queen conch populations.
Tanya is now living in Virginia and is a technician in Dr. de Mutsert’s fish ecology lab and Dr. Peters’ coral disease histology lab. Tanya is interested in the pollution and nutrient problems in the Potomac River, fish taxonomy and how invasive SAV is impacting fish abundance and diversity.