Professor at Bloomsburg University

Dr. Hranitz’s research focuses on the integrative and comparative biology of animals. He uses a range of techniques to study the evolution, genetics, ecology, and physiology of animals. Right now he is working on a study of island dwarfism in frogs and toads on barrier islands here on the Eastern Shore.



Associate Professor at Shippensburg University

Dr. Cornell is a geologist by training and teaches course in geology, oceanography, and field studies.  His research focuses on geoscience, geophysics, coastal process monitoring, and sea level change.  He has most recently collaborated with Dr. Oakley and others to investigate topics ranging from geologic history of the Assateague and Wallops barrier islands and Chincoteague Bay to monitoring anthropogenic impacts on impaired salt marshes and maritime forests.  Dr. Cornell is also a contributing scientist in monitoring the impacts of shoreline replenishment activities on Wallops Island to better inform resiliency planning efforts.



Associate Professor at Kutztown University

Dr. Oakley’s current research focuses on the Greenbackville salt marsh and the barrier islands of Chincoteague and Assateague.  Through the use of subsurface mapping and vibracoring, she is investigating the effects of sea level rise and environmental change in these important coastal regions.



Associate Professor at Kutztown University

Dr. Stone’s work focuses on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and the influence of reproduction on bone density.  His long-term research project on the Eastern Shore aims to increase understanding of terrapin biology and to understand the threats that terrapin populations face in the region. Areas of study include: nesting/reproductive ecology; population size and trajectory; and effects of road mortality.