Jayla Blanke

Degree Program: PhD

Research Areas

  • Water
  • Sustainability
  • Human-environment interactions



  • BS, The University of Alabama, 2018
  • MS, The University of Alabama, 2020
Jayla’s PhD research focuses on the human-environment interactions on the Cahaba River, AL. This research explores the relationship between development, fish communities, and streamflow.  Her M.S. thesis is titled: “Prevalence and socioeconomic implications of marine debris in southern Belize". Jayla also currently works for the City of Tuscaloosa as a Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Selected Publications

  • Blanke, J. M., Steinberg, M. K., & Donlevy, J. P. (2021). A baseline analysis of marine debris on southern islands of Belize. Marine Pollution Bulletin172, 112916.