About Our Students

A profile of our incoming freshmen in the BS Marine Biology degree program
 What did marine biology majors do in the summer of:

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.