Email: elsemar at
Office: Mitchell Hall 223

B.S., Environmental Science, Wheaton College, IL 2014
M.S., UNC Chapel Hill, current




I work in Dr. Laura Moore’s Coastal Environmental Change Lab, investigating the interactions between the different dune building processes, specifically vegetation and aeolian sediment transport. The feedback between plant growth and sand deposition can help us understand on a larger scale how dunes grow and respond to storm events and rising sea levels. Our field site is on Hog Island in the Virginia Coastal Reserve, and our experiments will help us improve dune building models.

In addition to research, I enjoy running, hiking, gardening, swimming, baking bread, reading, ceramics, and hanging out with friends and family.