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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 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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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 (Moseman-Valtierra lab; Heather Chan)

RI EPSCoR SURF Fellow – How does invasive species introduction affect carbon cycling in coastal marshes? (Moseman-Valtierra lab; 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)

Humpback Research Intern, 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)

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

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

Member, 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)

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

Communications Host, Inner Space Center, GSO, E/V Nautilus 2015 expedition and Mystic Aquarium Internship 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 Intern, Pacific Whale Foundation – Assisted with photo identification of cetaceans off the coast of Maui as well as surveying marine debris (Jessica Bornstein)

Research Assistant – University of Rhode Island (lab of Dr. Jacqueline Webb) – Worked on the 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).

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).

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

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)

Summer Camp Counselor – Save the Bay (Hannah Rachin)

What Marine Biology Majors Did in Summer 2014

NOAA Hollings Intern – NOAA’s Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment in the Coral Reef Conservation Program,  ongoing surveying project of coral reefs in the Caribbean. Project title: Benthic community characterization methods comparison (Katharine Egan)

NOAA Hollings Intern – NOAA/Northwest Straits Commission, Port Townsend, WA – conducted kayak surveys to gather baseline data on bull kelp distribution in Puget Sound and developed a protocol for kelp surveys. (Emily Bishop)

NOAA Hollings Intern – working on Floating Wind Turbines at University of Maine with Research Engineer Anthony Viselli (Nicole Marone)

EPSCoR SURF Fellow – worked on coral reef restoration and the effects of anchoring in coral reefs. British Virgin Islands, Dr. Forrester. (David Gleeson)

URI Coastal Fellowship – worked with PhD student Gordon Ober (Kolbe and Thornber labs) on evolutionary adaption to climate change and ocean acidification studies. (Nathan Andrews)

URI Coastal Fellowship – with Dr. Forrester (CELS/NRS) in the British Virgin Islands working on methods in coral reef restoration (Jessica Perreault)

URI Coastal Fellowship – with Dr. Thornber and Dr. Christine Newton (Alexander Claros)

Lab Assistant – at GSO in lab of Dr. Rebecca Robinson studying the marine nitrogen cycle. The projects included, 1) changing nutrient status of the Southern Ocean; 2) biogeochemical cycling within low latitude upwelling systems; 3) Linkages between nutrient status in the polar oceans and low latitude productivity. Also interned at the Sea Education Association, with Dr. Chuck Lea. (Jessica Freedman)

Technician, New England Testing Lab – a water quality lab located in North Providence which lab ensures that drinking water and during the summer months, especially, seawater is safe and clear of harmful bacteria. (Analisa Caruso)

SCUBA Volunteer, Mystic Aquarium – diving with the sharks, rays, and tropical fish, cleaning the tanks and doing underwater enrichment sessions. (Allie Myers)

Diver, Lycott Environmental – SCUBA diving in various lakes throughout New York, and New England to remove invasive species (Jack Girard)

Watch Stander, Inner Space Center at GSO/Bay Campus – remote monitoring of underwater video feeds from ROVs launched from research vessels around the world (Erin Bilbo)

Intern, E/V Nautilus – on cruise in Straights of Florida, monitoring ROV dives at unexplored locations looking for deep-sea corals, methane seeps, and tsunamigensis sites (Russell Dauksis)

Visitor Education Intern, New England Aquarium – will develop programs and presentations, give formal and informal presentations about marine life at the aquarium, teach how to handle live animals (starfish, stingrays, sharks, etc.) and supervise/train volunteers including teen interns while evaluating programs and performance (Rebecca Griffin)

Intern/Education Assistant, Atlantis Aquarium on Long Island, New York. I will be an educator in the different exhibits, assisting on the outreach education programs and the summer camps at the aquarium. (Kelsea Adams)

Research Intern, Mystic Aquarium, working with Justin Richards (PhD student in Sartini lab) doing hormone assays on Beluga whales through exhalation samples (Renee Bakker)

Research Assistant –  in Dr. Lane’s lab (URI/CELS) looking at genetic differences between similar species of red algae found both in Rhode island and in the Caribbean (Daniel Wolf)

Veterinary Technician, Westfield Animal Clinic, Westfield MA. (Krystle Schultz)

Intern/Aquarist, Coral World, Virgin Islands – daily care of the park’s animal collection including fish, rays, sharks, sea turtles and parrots among others; public talks and feeding demonstrations with the animals; assisting with the rescue and rehabilitation of marine creatures including turtles, fish, and local wildlife.  (Rachel Revolinski)

Marine Biologist/Mate – Sail Caribbean, sailing with 16-19 year-olds in the Caribbean. I will be diving, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and sailing with the kids!  (Meagan Leppicello)

Research Intern – at BIOS in Bermuda, working on microbial associations with sponges. Nick is an alum of our URI in Bermuda program. (Nicholas Jouett)

Research Assistant – with Dr. Robert Pockalny at GSO – will help to create & populate a new data portal for the C-DEBI program, which studies the sub-seafloor biosphere.  (Maureen Hayden).

Please send additional listings to Dr. Webb.