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Profiles of our incoming freshmen
What did marine biology majors do in the summer of:
What Marine Biology Majors Are Doing in Summer 2016

URI Coastal Fellow – with Dr. Jason Krumholz studying the effects of sound and sonar on commercially viable crustaceans (Darby Pochtar)

URI Coastal Fellow – with graduate student Kelsey James – studying the growth rates of little skates (Alison Frey)

URI Coastal Fellow – with Dr. Austin Humphries working on Gear-Based Management/Fisheries Oceanography in Indonesia (Aditi Tripathy)

URI Coastal Fellow – with Chelsea Duballon, working on  “Oyster Aquaculture in Coastal Lagoons: Subaqueous Soils and Benthic Infauna as Indicators of Ecosystem Impact” (Lauren Salisbury)

URI Coastal Fellow – with Dr. Graham Forrester – working on causes of fish population decline in the Carribean (Morgan Anthony)

EPSCoR SURF Fellow – with Dr. Graham Forrester, in the British Virgin Islands – observations on responses to predators and different stressors by gobies on coral reefs (Christine Gardiner)

EPSCoR SURF Fellow – with Dr. Moseman-Valtierra, working on impacts of nitrogen and warming on shellfish pathogens and nitrogen cycling (Nick Letarte)

EPSCoR SURF Fellow – with Dr. Graham Forrester – working on causes of fish population decline in the Carribean (Christine Gardiner)

EPSCoR SURF Fellow – with Dr. Graham Forrester – working on community recovery after coral restoration (Katie Nickles)

NSF-REU Intern – Bigelow Ocean Science Laboratory, ME. – working with Dr. Lomas looking at genes in plankton (Cynthia Michaud)

NSF-REU Intern – (Rachel Marshall)

NOAA Hollings Intern –  North West Fisheries Science Center, Seattle Washington –  working on”Measuring the Toxicity of Urban Pollution to Aquatic Species” (Jessica Freedman)

Intern/Educator – Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, in Boston (a non-profit organization that’s been working for over 20 years to promote the clean-up of Boston Harbor and the surrounding urban beaches). Camp counselor for inner city youth, providing education about marine biology and ecology of the bay and harbor. See the blog at: http://www.blog.savetheharbor.org (Lucas Crowley, his third summer)

Student – taking Marine Mammal Biology course at the Shoals Marine Lab (www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org). (Kathryn Brooks)

Crew and Education Staff – Oliver Hazard Perry (out of Newport) (Kyle St. Pierre)

Mate – charter boat (Kelsey Law)

Marine Biologist and Mate – Sail Caribbean, in the Virgin Islands. Will set up a couple long-term data sets and teach high school campers and assist with their research projects (Grace Hanson)

Marine Science Instructor – SeaCamp (FL) (Madison Francoeur)

Environmental Educator – at Cedar Island Marina Research Laboratory, teaching about marine biology (Melina Metaxas)

Teacher – Teaching Marine Science at Tabor Academy Summer Program in Marion, MA (Emily Bernstein)

Teacher’s Assistant – for a second grade math class at ‘Iolani Summer School (school in Hawaii) (Madeleine Sherman)

Research Assistant – Darrin Freshwater Institute, Bolton Landing NY – assisting with projects ranging from invasive species research to water quality monitoring and environmental impact research. 50/50 out in the field collecting samples and environmental data, or in the lab going through samples and helping to plan experiments. (Jack Girard)

Lab Assistant – Marine Biology Research Lab, Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, CT – working with summer camps doing field work, identifying specimens, maintaining tanks, and helping run programs. (Melina Metaxas)

Shellfish Assistant – Town of Barnstable (Ann Kelly)

Operations Manager – Brewster Oyster Farm (Grant Simmons)

Intern – Save the Bay (Jessica Bornstein)

Intern – Save the Bay (Steve Tadros)

Intern – RI Department of Environmental Management (Sean Duffey)

Intern – Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT, in Fish & Invertebrate Husbandry (Taylor Perrotta)

Intern – Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital and Dolphin & Whale Hospital, Mote Aquarium, Sarasota, FL – will be involved in all aspects of husbandry care of sea turtles and possibly cetaceans. (Jennie Warrell)

Intern – Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead, NY – assisting in public education and will create new education programs, implement educational outreach programs and assist with toddler and camp programs (Lauren Potak)

Intern – New England Aquarium, marine mammal research and education (Danielle Jordan)

Intern – New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, Middleboro, MA – doing educational outreach aboard a whale watching vessel and assisting in analysis of data on whales seen on whale watches. I will also assist in marine mammal and sea turtle necropsies as the NECWA collaborates with the New England Aquarium, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Massachusetts Audubon (Erin Bowman).

Intern – Oceanarium in Bar Harbor, ME (Emily Derome)

Intern – General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Groton CT. Also working as a Watchstander at the Inner Space Center at GSO, and attending the Hollings Scholarship Conference at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD (Johann Becker)

Volunteer – Save the Bay (Alexandra Bruce)

Volunteer – Volunteer, International Student Volunteers and the Wild Mountains Environmental Education and Land Management Organization in Rathdowney, Queensland (Australia) – aiding in constructing and maintaining an education center and improving the integrity and biodiversity of the surrounding ecosystems. Watch Stander, GSO Inner Space Center –  responsible for recording abiotic and biotic occurrences during transmissions from two different ROVs. (Kirsten Fagan)

Volunteer –  Doing research with scientists in the Fiji Shark Conservation Project in Pacific Harbour, Fiji, where I will also get my rescue/divemaster certification and be able to dive with bull sharks and other species.  (Lauren Benoit)

What Marine Biology Majors Did in Summer 2015

URI Coastal Fellow – Testing the effectiveness of methods for restoring of endangered Caribbean corals, with Dr. Graham Forrester (Katie Nickles)

URI Coastal Fellow – Spatial orientation of pelagic sharks in a patchy environment, with Dr. Brad Wetherbee (Johann Becker)

URI Coastal Fellow – Habitat restoration, with Dr. Laura Meyerson (Nick Latarte)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – Impacts of anthropogenic nutrient pollution on coastal marine invertebrate greenhouse gas emissions (Heather Chan)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – in the Moseman-Valtierra lab – How do invasive species affect carbon cycling in coastal marshes? (Jaclyn Friedman)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – Causes of long term declines of coral reef fish populations (Forrester Lab; Steven Tadros)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – The Bermuda Seaweed Project (Lane Lab; Daniel Wolf)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – Understanding the evolution of parasitism in red algae (Lane Lab; Kaylee Stanton)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – (Dr. Serena Moseman-Valtierra’s lab) –  studied greenhouse gas fluxes at Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.  (Katie Lynch)

NOAA Hollings Intern – Suitability of somatic growth of English sole as an ecosystem indicator, at the NW Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA (Rachel Marshall, FAVS major)

Biological Technician, NOAA Fisheries, Woods Hole – Analyzed HabCam images of scallops for population sustainability project, using data from F/V Kathy Marie    (Jessica Freedman)

Intern – Humpback Whale Research, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies – Assisted with lab and field work for several projects involving the North Atlantic Humpback Whale including a two week research cruise to the Bay of Fundy.(Hannah Vegh)

Intern –  Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Animal Husbandry – Worked with aquarists to care for marine mammals, reptiles, and fish. Daily monitoring of water quality and maintain tank environments (Taylor Perrotta)

Intern – Mystic Aquarium – Animal Husbandry – worked with African Penguins and did talks for aquarium visitors. (Jennie Warrell)

Intern – Pacific Whale Foundation – Assisted with photo identification of cetaceans off the coast of Maui as well as surveying marine debris (Jessica Bornstein)

Intern – Florida Aquarium, Tampa – in Guest Engagement and Camp Counselor, Nature’s Academy, Bradenton, FL (www.naturesacademy.org) (Kelsey Law)

Volunteer Aquarist and Educator, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Intern for three departments that involved educating the public, teaching classes and taking care of marine animals (Theresa Atkins)

Honors Research Program, Ocean Exploration Trust – Spent a month living on the Kingston Campus, working on two oceanography research projects at the Bay Campus, and then went on the E/V Nautilus August 22-29, on a cruise through the Windward Passage (near Jamaica, Haiti). LINK (Dawn Parry)

Communications Host – Inner Space Center, GSO, E/V Nautilus 2015 expedition and Internship at Mystic Aquarium including 2-week cruise on the NOAA ship Nancy Foster studying the facilitative predator behaviors of piscivores at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (Emily Pepin)

Research Assistant – in lab of Dr. Jacqueline Webb – sensory biology of deep-sea fishes. (Danielle Jordan)

Research Assistant – U Miami (lab of Dr. Claire Paris) – analyzing data on larval haddock  collected in Norway (Camilla DiPersia).

Summer Camp Counselor – Save the Bay (Hannah Rachin)

Lead Scientist –  New Logic Marine Science Camp (K-8), running/planning activities at several different locations along the Jersey shore (http://www.marinesciencecamp.com) (Rebecca Griffin).

Research Assistant, Darrin Freshwater Institute/RPI – worked on invasive Asian clams, and Zebra muscles. Ran microcosm experiments to see the effects of different road salts on lake biota. (Jack Girard)

Research Assistant, Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy – caught and tagged sharks and stingrays in the Gulf of Mexico (Kevin Anderson)

Volunteer – Mossel Bay, South Africa (June) studying Great White Sharks; Bimini Biological Field Station Shark Lab and participated in their week-long research experience in August (Lauren Benoit)

Please send additional listings to Dr. Webb.