URI Marine Biology Program

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Marine Biology Alumni

Please send updates via e-mail to: urimbio@etal.uri.edu

Class of 2014

Taylor Clement - MS student at Western Washington University (marine genomics)

Katelyn Dash – MS student in the Lane Lab at URI.

Christopher Holland - PhD student, Texas A&M University, in animal behavior; taught middle school in Alaska in Spring 2014.

Nicholas Jouett - doing research at BIOS in Bermuda.

Eilea Knotts  - PhD student, University of South Carolina – Columbia (invertebrate physiology)

Megan Landis - working with Soundwatch on San Juan Island in association with Friday Harbor Labs (U. Wash.) – monitoring whale acoustics and looking at boat regulations in relation to cetacean movement.

Sarah Merolla - MS student, California State University at Northridge (marine ecology)

Rebecca Scott - Ecosystem Modeler, NOAA NMFS’s Chesapeake Bay Office.

Benjamin Sevey - completing a second major in Computer Science at URI.

Ryan Shanaghan - Marine Science Instructor, Seacamp and Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, Big Pine Key, FL., leading groups (grades 4-12) on 3-5 day field trips in the Florida Keys; building sea time to earn his captain’s license.

Chelsea (Stephens) Gomez - MS student in the Irvine Lab at URI (developmental biology).

We need information about: Nikolas Blenis, Crysania Brady, Wynton Brewster, Jessica Burke, Michael Canton, Analisa Caruso, Dennis Conetta, Miguel Costa, Amber Cranston, Kyle Crothers, Jason Greenberg, Caitlyn Hackmann, Allison Holevoet, Kristin Horn, Jesse Iacono, Michael Kenslea, Megan Landis, Kallie Longval, Hayleigh Mildon, Sarah Miller, Kaitlyn Nevers, Alicia Siravo, Callie Veelenturf, Justin Warrener.

Class of 2013

Jonathan Bartlett – working for Wildlife International in Easton, MD doing ecotoxicology. He reports that:”Wildlife International is currently hiring. They are willing to fully train anyone with a marine science degree who has just finished school. Any recent grads who are interested in ecotoxicology should definitely check it out.” 

Amy Battocletti – Ph.D. student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Georgetown University - studying population and ecological genetics in a mid-Atlantic salt marsh

Russell Dauksis - MS student at California State University at Northridge (fish ecology)

Michelle Dennis – student in URI MESM program; working at URI/GSO; participated in May 2013 and December 2014 GSO Antarctic cruises with Dr. Ted Durbin.

Kaeli FertalResearch Biologist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Jacob Harris – working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Christina Horstmann – MSc student, James Cook University (Australia)

Teresa Lincoln – Naturalist for whale watch company in Juneau, AK.

Brandyn Lucca - MS student at Stony Brook University (2014) working with Dr. Joseph Warren (Acoustic Laboratory for Ecological Studies, http://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/~warren/jdw.site.html) in bioacoustical oceanography- studying the ecological impacts of artificial reef deployments via active acoustics. 

Samuel Martin – Has started his own marketing business.

Catherine McCaughey – Working at URI/GSO.

Meg McConville – Educator for Save The Bay and Pow!Science! LLC.

Iain McCoy - MS student in URI MESM program; participated in GSO cruises to Antarctica in May 2013 and December 2014; worked at GSO in Dr. Durbin’s lab; worked with Dr. Rod Mather in Bermuda on Underwater Archaeology project.

Sean McNally – working at WHOI looking at coral microbe interactions; TA and science diver at BIOS in Bermuda.

Ivy Mlsna - Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit Fellow, United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Shelby Rinehardt - PhD student in Marine Chemical Ecology, Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology, San Diego State University and UC Davis, working with Dr. Jeremy Long.

Katherine Rodrigue - Research Assistant,  Marine Fisheries office of the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife; Science/Data Assistant aboard the E/V Nautilus (www.nautiluslive.org); had worked in Thornber lab

Ryann Rossi – PhD student and NSF Graduate Fellow, North Carolina State Univ. – working on mangrove ecology

We need information about:  Michelle Aguiar, Lindsey Beausoleil, Keith Bruni, Andrew Casal, Carly Crane, Kimberly Delaney, Crisostomo Gomez, Ryan Hall, Dylan Harris, Aaron Hawkins, Alexandra Karaczynski, Nicole Kovara, Rebecca Kraut, Charles Markos, Patrick McGovern, Colleen Murray, Samantha Musser, Dillon Reilly, Sam Seeland, Jeffrey Swanlund, Casey Tremper, Joshua Zaffino

Class of 2012

Lauren Carter – Completed MS in Webb Lab (BioSci/CELS) worked on the development of the lateral line system in cichlid fishes.

Betsy Cohen – graduate student in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology at UMass-Dartmouth.

Caitlin Del Sesto – MS student, URI with Dr. Gomez-Chiarri (FAVS/CELS) working on sea star wasting disease – READ about it; had been Intern, New England Aquarium and Mystic Aquarium.

Megan Ferguson – Research Associate, Louisiana State University, with Dr. Mark Benfield, processing ROV video and using a Zooscan to scan zooplankton samples from research cruises after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; had worked with Dr. Menden-Deuer at URI/GSO.

Brandon Fuller –  MS in URI MESM program; had worked for the URI Coastal Institute; co-directed documentary focused on the RI BioBlitz; wrote about science communication and worked with the Climate Change Collaborative.

Alethia Hartenstine –Working at the URI Outreach and Energy Center.

Michael Justa – Moved to Juneau, Alaska. Worked as a naturalist on a whale watch boat, and now looking for a position as a fisheries observer environmental technician.

Nicole Leporacci – MS student at College of Charleston; had been Intern, Mote Marine Laboratory; had been Science Instructor at Seacamp in Big Pine Key, Florida

Leah Lewis  - NSF Graduate Fellow; PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (in marine bioacoustics); had worked at NMFS Narrangansett.

Amber Lisi – MS student, UMass – Dartmouth, studying American eel migration and ecology.

Benjamin Negrete – Working in San Diego – instructional assistant for kids with behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. I am teaching math, and I will soon start teaching biology (of course, using marine biology) and I am going to help set up a school aquarium.

Megan Nepshinsky – Intern, Massachusetts’ Audubon Society, working to protect shorebird habitat on Monomoy Island, Chatham.

Bryan Pestone – Commissioned Officer, NOAA Corps (2013); had been Science Instructor at Seacamp in Big Pine Key, Florida.

Julie Reiske – Seasonal Environmental Educator, US Fish and Wildlife Service at Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona. Also, part-time bio tech and limnologist for a fish hatchery in Kingman, AZ;  flying into the Grand Canyon next month to survey endangered fish species on the lower Colorado River.

Tanja Schollmeier – PhD student, Univ. Alaska – studying marine benthic ecology; has been on three Arctic research cruises and spent 6 weeks on a Coast Guard icebreaker taking benthic samples and ice cores for her research; will be participating in science open water trials of the new U. Alaska research vessel Sikuliaq.

Rachael Thompson –  Naturalist, Little St. Simons Island, Georgia - developing and presenting environmental programs; had been Intern in bioacoustics lab at U. South Carolina (Beaufort) with URI Alum Dr. Eric Montie; had been Environmental Educator at Jekyll Island 4H Center in Georgia.

Elizabeth Walsh – Intern, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium working with sea turtles and sea horses.

Angela Williams – MS student, URI – in Medical Lab Science (cytopathology).

Melissa Wands - Husbandry Assistant, SeaWorld Orlando; had done Animal Rescue and Pinniped Husbandry Internships at Mystic Aquarium. Also working as a teacher’s aid with high functioning special needs pre-schoolers. I’ve continued to volunteer with the Mystic’s Animal Rescue Program.

Amanda Ziegler – Ph.D. student, Univ. Hawaii - in Biological Oceanography.

We need information about: Michael Cohen, Haley Fillo, Kirsten Gash, Charles Harwood, Nicole Langlais, Lauren Liberti, Michael O’Brien, Taylor Perkins, Corey Petrella, Thomas Seckel, David Vendettuoli.

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Class of 2011

Emily Becker - Assistant Manager, Zebrafish Facility, Duke University Medical School; completed MS in Webb Lab (BioSci/CELS) working on the morphology of the lateral line system of cichlid fishes.

Correna Blewett - MBA student, URI’s “Blue MBA” program (business and oceanography) .

Jessica Bonamusa - Working for Dr. Wetherbee (URI) studying movements and foraging behaviors of tiger sharks.

Kristina Camarena - Working in Dr. Lisa Levin’s lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography…getting ready to start applying to graduate school……!”

Connor Capizzano - MS student, University of New England (fish biology); had been Intern, Shark Behavioral Ecology at Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota FLA; had gone on BP oil-spill related cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.

Emily Carter - Intern, Bimini Biological Field Station, working on lemon shark biology and ecology (2011).

Kendall Day - Veterinary Student, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine; had been Intern, Wildlife Pathology Unit, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation

Alison Dombrowski - Intern at the Sound School in CT.

Jeffrey Duxbury - US Army Chemical Corps

Rosmin Ennis – Graduate student, U. Virgin Islands; had worked for Dr. Oviatt (GSO) on nutrient input into the Bay from various waste water treatment facilities in the Narragansett Bay watershed.

Lilli Falconer - Intern, Animal Rehabilitation Programat Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FLA (2011).

Lynn Ficarra - Ph.D.student, UMass Boston - studying deep sea biology.

Joshua Hower - DVM student, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School (Class of 2015)

Kayla Hunt – Marine Educator, Seacamp in the Florida Keys, and now (Fall 2012) working in public education at the Key West Aquarium.

Thor Jensen - volunteering in Falkowski Lab at Rutgers Univ. working on molecular biology of coral calcification; working for an Aquarium company and starting his own company.

Brooke Konkle – doing MS at Texas A & M Corpus Christi in fisheries and aquaculture.

Christina Lemnotis – working at Mystic Aquarium

Brittany McGee - MA in Environmental Studies, Montclair State University (2014); Marine Science Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (May 2014); had been Watershed Ambassador for the NJ-DEP through AmeriCorps, performing water quality testing and organizing community outreach activities; environmental/marine educator at Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ.

Nicole Millette - Graduate student, University of Maryland, Horn Point Lab.- in Biological Oceanography.

Megan O’Brien - Fulbright Fellow and MS student in Iceland studying fisheries biology; did MS in Dr. Chris Lane’s Lab (Bio Sci) on algal genomics (a project started as an undergraduate)

Amanda Pratt - MS Student in Marine Sciences at Stony Brook University.

Stephanie Schofield - Educator, Education and Conservation Department, SeaWorld Orlando, FLA.

Allison Seifter - Marine Mammal Observer in Alaska for LGL Limited, an environmental research company doing population and species surveys mostly in the Chukchi Sea’ worked for Sea to Shore Alliance conducting Right Whale Aerial Surveys in Georgia in collaboration with NOAA; Intern, Whale Center of New England.

Katie Stryker - Marine Mammal Intern at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Kerianne Taylor - Assistant Director, Camp Seewee (South Carolina)

Kristina Terpis - Lab Technician, Dr. Mike Lomas lab at BIOS (Bermuda) on relationships between phytoplankton diversity and macronutrient cycles; had worked for Dr. Bob Campbell (GSO) on Arctic amphipods and effects of warming of the oceans.

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Jeremy Carey, Kayla Hunt, Alex Milton, James Riddle, Thomas Tedeschi, Kristin Vanhouwe

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Class of 2010

Ashley Bertrand - Assistant Researcher, Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Joanna Borr - Director, SeaQuest Program at Camp Fuller (YMCA) in Narragansett

Christopher Cilfone - Naturalist/Deckhand. Dolphin Jet Boat Tours and Harv and Marv’s Alaska Whale Watching. Juneau. AK.

Callie Crawford - MS student, College of Charleston, working on CT imaging, variation in the skeletal anatomy and phylogeny of cartilaginous fishes; had been Intern at Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, FLA) in animal rehabilitation and Marine Naturalist Intern at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in Washington State.

Heather Cyr - did research on Costa Rican coast on the ecology of the planktonic cyanobacteria with Dr. Dreux Chappell (post-doc in Dr. Bethany Jenkins’ lab, CMB)

Jennifer (Dautrich) Gautam – Marine Science Instructor, Project Oceanology (in CT); had been Intern, NUWC in Newport (whale bioacoustics data); Camp Counselor for Save the Bay (RI).

Heather Drumm - Data analyst working on whale bioacoustics at Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI.

Ananda Fraser - completed MS in URI’s MESM program with Dr. Forrester.

Emily (Frederick) Stephens - Working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (Commercial Fisheries Division) in Haines, AK; had been Naturalist/Deckhand, Dolphin Jet Boat Tours and Harv and Marv’s Alaska Whale Watching, Juneau, AK. (NOTE: Emily did Study Abroad in Alaska, and was hooked!)

Karin Fulkerson - working with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Species Modeling team on the interaction of anthropogenic sound and marine mammal and sea turtle populations.

Kevin Tan Fung – MS student, University of New Haven, studying seasonal movements of shortnose sturgeon in the Connecticut River.

Melissa Genazzio - Research Assistant in Coral Reef Ecology Laboratory at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON); had been Intern, Gulf of Maine Research Institute (Portland, ME) investigating alewife stock structure in different watersheds and and comparing growth rates using otolith analysis.

Ashley Heinze – Research Assistant, Updike Lab at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (http://updikelab.mdibl.org). MS from College of the Atlantic – did thesis on impacts of whale watching; had been intern with Cape Ann Whale Watching Co. in Gloucester, MA.

Annamaria Izzi - MS student/Research Assistant, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University (with Dr. Chris Clark). Working on processing acoustic data on marine mammals from the Gulf of Mexico after the Deep Horizon oil spill and monitoring right whales off the east coast to prevent ship strikes. Had been Data Entry Clerk, whale bioacoustics study at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI. Now (e-mail: the_izzi@hotmail.com)

Amy Kolb - Animal Care Technician, Charles River Laboratories – I care for and breed zebrafish; had been research Assistant in Dr. Collie’s lab (GSO) assisting with Narragansett Bay trawls and doing stomach content analysis on New England fishes.

Robert Kozol – Research Associate, U. Miami with Dr. Julia Dallman - studying gene families in zebrafish that correspond with degenerative diseases in humans; had worked at UConn in Dr. Ann Bucklin’s lab as manager of Census of Marine Zooplankton Database; also working on a research project regarding phylogeny of two calanid (copepod) species (rkozol@my.uri.edu)

Peter Lewis - Animal Care Technician, Charles River Laboratories, contracted at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, specializing in care and breeding of wild type and transgenic zebrafish; had been environmental biologist in MA.

Joseph Marini III - Natural Resource Technician,Town of Plymouth, MA; presented a paper at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Providence RI in July based on shark work with Dr. Wetherbee.

Amy Maynard - MS student studying to be a Pathology Assistant at Quinnipiac University. Pathology assistants assist pathologists in autopsies and prepare surgical specimens for histological slides; had been Research Assistant at Pfizer in CT.

Matt Pezzullo (FAVS 2010) – Worked with the NMFS Apex Predator Program for two years and now has 3-month contract doing work with their tag database and research in Delaware Bay and at several shark tournaments.

Ben Quatromoni - teaching at private school in RI.

Ashley Stoehr – Ph.D. student, UMass Dartmouth (Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology) – working on thermal physiology of high performance fishes with an emphasis on swordfish.

Noelle Tubbs - MS student, University of Cape Town, South Africa – studying endangered African penguin, looking at behavior and physiology with respect to predictions of the effects of future climate change; had worked at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB); Was Intern, RI Department of Environmental Management, Office of Water Resources.

Alexandra (Widmer) Mattia -  Key Account Manager, GENEWIZ (in NY tri-state area), a contract research organization (CRO) that specializes in DNA services: DNA sequencing, Gene Synthesis, Plasmid DNA prep, Next Generation Sequencing, cloning, genotyping, etc.

Emily Vincent - MS student, Central Connecticut State University.

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Justin Benttinen, Elizabeth Czok, Marc Fischer, Marie Gaura, Stephanie Gildea, Victoria Gomez, Jared Griffin, Daniel Hofmann, Kayla Hyman, Lauren Kondracke, Kira Marino, Meghan McGowan, Jacqueline Niles, Alexander Paradise, Marisa Pardo, Adam Salisbury, Rurainy Sirois, Nicole Tamanini, Christie Wilson

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Class of 2009

Emily Blair – MS student, Cal State Long Beach –  wetland restoration ecology.

Nathaniel Coolidge - Outreach Educator, Save the Bay/Americorps (2009)

Catherine Donahue - Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and working on oyster mortalilty with funding from a United Nations Development Programme grant. (ceedonahue@gmail.com)

Kendalyn Eldredge - working at NUWC in Newport doing environmental planning and marine mammal modeling; attended a training course in West Virginia on Endangered Species Act interagency consultation. (kjeldredge@gmail.com)

Emily Field – Ph.D. student, Florida State University  in algal/marine ecology (lab of Dr. Randall Hughes) (emfield87@gmail.com)

Elizabeth (Hansel) Simounet – Associate Scientist, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Providence (“We have offices all over the world so I frequently get plugged into some really interesting projects. We often hire local talent. We have 3 URI alumn’s here in our office! We hire geologists, engineers, and scientist (even marine biologists like myself.”); had worked for RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in marine policy involving mapping and checking businesses/industries that affect the Blackstone River watershed.

Rebecca Karis - working for Dr. Graham Forrester (URI, Dept. of Natural Resources Science) in Carribean on coral transplantation project (summer 09)

Lauren Killea - working at Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT doing science outreach/teaching; did MS at URI/GSO in biological oceanography (“Microbial community composition of marine biofilms in a northern temperate estuary”) with Dr. Miranda; Assistant Coach of URI Rowing Team. (lkillea@gmail.com)

Nicholas Larghi - MS student with Dr. Stephen Deban at U. South Florida (nlarghi@gmail.com); had worked at the Sawyer School as an Instructor in the Medical Department (taught Medical Terminology and Health Science).

Jocelyn Pelser - working in Dr. Karen Wishner’s lab at GSO (summer 09)

Katherine Saiya - Aquarist Specialist for Charles River Laboratories at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, MD), caring for zebrafish and frogs for NICHD researchers. (PugPups13@aol.com)

Andrea Scott - working for Connecticut Dep’t. Environmental Protection.

Megan Shearer - Research Assistant, Cardiac Research Lab, Rhode Island Hospital. (megshearer@gmail.com)

Dawn Simmons - working for RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) as Intern (Summer 09) (dawn.simmons1986@gmail.com)

Rachel Wigton – PhD student in Dr. Ian Bartol’s lab at Old Dominion University working on cephalopod biomechanics; had worked at NUWC in Newport and taught Algebra and Marine Biology at Portsmouth Abbey School in summer 2009.

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT Ashley Burch, Thomas Cardillo, Julie Furmanski, Tara Gardner, Melissa Gebert, Deborah Hamilton, Peter Heaton, Nicole Heidt, Jessica Potvin, Jaime Robinson, Karen Rogers, Amy Viveiros

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Class of 2008

David Bailey - researcher at MBL in Woods Hole in Aquaculture; completed MS at UNH; had been Diver/Collector for the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA; Teaching Assistant at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences; NMFS Fisheries Observer; Coastal Engineer at Woods Hole Group, an international environmental, scientific, and engineering consulting organization. Now

Chelsea Burau - NBEP Intern, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Nicole Charriere - works at NOAA’s NMFS in Woods Hole with a contracted position as a sea-going biological technician on NOAA research vessels (2011) (Nicole.Charriere@noaa.gov)

Laura Chartier - EPSCoR Summer 2008 Fellow (Spatial Variation in Marine Invertebrate Reproduction throughout New England) then moving to Hawaii.

Christina D’Agostino - Fisheries Specialist and Task Leader at NOAA NERO Fisheries Statistics and Logistics Office, Gloucester, MA. Currently overseeing the Vessel Trip Report Data Processing Center in the Fisheries Statistics Office. The data we process is used by biological samplers, port agents, statisticians, scientists, etc. to set federal catch regulations each year. “I’ve found that one of the best ways to get your foot in the door is networking- it’s how I landed my current position! NOAA has many volunteer and internship opportunities available on the east coast that could open a lot of doors come graduation time.” Christina.D’Agostino@noaa.gov

Renee DiPippo - Research Assistant with Dr. Darryl Keith (US EPA Narragansett), trying to find a way to monitor harmful algal blooms more efficiently through airborne remote sensing; did Rhode Island School of Design’s Natural Science Illustration program.

Mitchell Doctor - MS student, NOVA Southeastern University (FLA)

Rebekah Duhamel - Research Assistant, Costa Rica Expedition with Department of Natural Resources Science (URI).

Corey Eddy - PhD student, UMass Dartmouth; had been Teaching Assistant, URI/BIOS in Bermuda; worked for NMFS Apex Predator Program, NOAA Cooperative Shark Tagging Program.

Cherisa Friedlander - Commissioned Officer in NOAA Corps (noaacorps.noaa.gov/); Bay Camp Director and Education Specialist at Save the Bay.

Emily Greenhalgh - Science Writer, NOAA’s Climate Program Office in Silver Spring, Md; MS in Science & Medical Journalism, Boston University; had been fisheries observer and a data specialist at NOAA/NMFS, Woods Hole. Had been Student Services Contractor/ Biological Sciences technician, US Environmental Protection Agency. (emily.greenhalgh@noaa.gov)

Joshua Helms - (double major in Marine Affairs). Now graduate student in Marine Affairs at University of Miami; guest student at WHOI.

Susanna Izzo - Education Intern, Discovery Cove, Sea World

Matthew James - Intern, Save the Bay

Danielle Jones - Technical Assistant, McLaughlin Research Corp./Naval Undersea Warfare Center (Newport RI)

Kasi Kelly - Volunteer, Whale Enrichment Team and Diver, Mystic Aquarium.

Monique LaFrance - completed MS at GSO/URI (King Lab) working on ‘Integration of biotic and abiotic data to map benthic habitats within Block Island and Rhode Island Sounds’; Researcher, King Lab - Mapping and monitoring the habitats of RI’s coastal waters.

Christopher Lapointe - MS student in in Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University;Research Assistant, National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University. (clapoint@nova.edu)

Evan Lindsay - Intern, Town of Nantucket, MA, Marine Coastal Resources Department

Sara MacSorley - Director, Green Street Arts Center and Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science, Wesleyan University (CT); had been Project Administrator, RI NSF EPSCoR (www.riepscor.org) where she coordinated a statewide program to advance marine life science research and education in Rhode Island; student in URI’s “Blue MBA” program (Oceanography and Business).

Jennifer McGovern - Teaching surf lessons/waitressing, waiting to hear from Triumvirate for a position as an Environmental Specialist.

Elizabeth Mellon - Shellfish Hatchery Assistant, Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group

Melissa Mercier - completed MS at GSO/URI (Rynearson Lab) – (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/11/564); had been Research Assistant in the Rynearson lab (GSO) – Genetics of coastal and estuarine diatoms

Matthew Miller - Fishes and Special Exhibit Intern, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL, then returned to RI

Jessica Morris - Data Manager, NBIC at Smithsonian Institution; had been Seasonal Resource Assistant, Connecticut Dep’t. Environmental Protection; worked as marine instructor on Catalina Island, CA for the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). “I teach 4th-12th grade marine science and lead 3-5 day snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking trips for school groups.”  jessym218@yahoo.com

Andrew Mroczka - Planning to obtain a graduate degree in Education to teach Biology

Kelly Pennoyer - MS student, University of New England in marine biology (2011); Intern at Camp Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, CA (summer 2010); had been Lab Assistant for Dr. Goldsmith (BioSci); Teaching Assistant, BIO 101 at the URI CCE campus, and Assistant Instructor for AFS 270 to get dive master certification.

Kate Pisano - Americorps intern with OSEEC (Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative), which includes Save the Bay, Roger Williams Zoo, and the Norman Bird Sanctuary. “At Save the Bay, I am doing outreach to the South County community through programs for elementary school students and the general public, such as our film festival. I have been able to work at the Exploration Center in Newport, helping at touch tanks, shore line walks, and seal watches, as in the Providence office where Americorps work with various schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs. While my goals as a marine bio graduate still include grad school and ultimately doing research, the education aspect has been very interesting and rewarding, and I would recommend Americorps to anyone looking to get their foot in the door.” (kfp0425@savebay.org)

Jessie Sanders - Veterinary School, Tufts University (Class of 2012)

Jillian Schneider - Lab Technician for Dr. Seibel (URI, Dept. Biological Sciences)

Carla Scocchi - Senior Assistant Scientist, Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA (SEA Semester Program, www.sea.edu); had been Admission Counselor at SEA.

Kevin Smith - Internship at RI Department of Marine Fisheries – now has a permanent position there.

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Michael Collins, Joseph Connor , Raymond Deckel, Timothy Delp, Jeffrey Devine, Sandra Giovannini, Philip Kalf, Thomas Kinahan, Simon King-Trudeau, Renee Mevs.

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Class of 2007

Breena Apgar-Kurtz - Fisheries Technician, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Completed Master in Marine Affairs (MMA) at University of Washington with a specialty in salmon management; Had been Visitor Information Service Officer, Glacier Bay National Park (tatshenshiniriver@hotmail.com)

Danielle Duquette - Marine Research Assistant, GSO/URI, helping to run the seawater facilities at GSO and set-up/management of the new freshwater recirculating system at East Farm; MS at University of New Hampshire (with URI Alum David Berlinsky) on sex change/sex differentiation and the effects of cortisol/stress on black sea bass. Had worked as a Student Services Contractor for the EPA – Population Ecology Branch, then as volunteer and intern at the Mystic Aquarium (dduquette@mail.uri.edu)

Erika Giblin - Lab Manager/Research Assistant, Brown University for biomechanics and functional morphology labs in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; had been Naturalist, RI Dept. Environ. Management; worked at Save The Bay with AmeriCorps (Erika_Giblin@brown.edu).

Dr. Stephanie Guertin - completed PhD a URI (w/ Dr. Kass-Simon)

Jillian Hesse - Biologist and Administrative Assistant at McLaughlin Research Corporation; Naturalist/Interpreter, Disney World, Florida, then internship at Dolphin Quest Bermuda, and then worked at Beavertail Aquarium (Jamestown, RI)

Dr. Cara Hotchkin -  Ph.D. in Bioacoustics, Penn State Univ. Working for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Norfolk, VA as a natural resources specialist.  hotchkin.cara@gmail.com.

Robbie Hudson - Restoration Ecologist, Save the Bay; had been intern at Save the Bay as an undergraduate (rhudson@savebay.org)

Billy Linehan - Fisheries Observer, NMFS, Alaska

Dr. Patrick Lyons - Faculty member at  research station in Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean) run by CIEE; working as Introductory Biology and Marine Biology instructor at Oregon Coast Community College (Newport, OR);  received PhD at Stony Brook University; (patrick.lyons5@gmail.com)

Melissa Parr - Teaching Assistant, Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences; will then work in San Salvadore as a Divemaster

Amie Parris - Beach Coordinator for Beach Monitoring Program at the RI Department of Health

Alexia Pool - Lab/Field Research Technician at Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, North Carolina (UNC Chapel Hill) working in the Coastal Fisheries Oceanography and Ecology Laboratory; member Morehead City Masters Swim Team. Peace Corps Volunteer on Vanuatu, a small island nation in the South Pacific (2007-2010) (alexia.pool@gmail.com)

Linnae (Rondeau) Delp - Teaching biology and chemistry at Chicopee High School in Chicopee, MA; working on her PhD in Geology at UMass Amherst with a focus on foraminifera distribution in the Gulf of Maine; had Workedwith RI Dept. Environ. Management, doing macroalgae helicopter surveys in Narragansett Bay (linnae939@yahoo.com)

Kathryn Vogel - PhD student in Marine Biology (physiology), University of Maine

Heather Wolfer -  PhD student, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore working on the behavioral and physiological effects of hypoxia on the Atlantic croaker in Chesapeake Bay (hmwolfer@umes.edu)

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Charles Bangley, Matt Griffin, Yvette Haughney, Amanda Karch, Christa Salvatore.

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Class of 2006

Leanne Birden - Post-doc at Yale; completed PhD in Seibel lab at URI working on pteropod mollusks and the effects of global climate change

Samantha Kelly - Intern,Training Seals for US Navy in San Diego

Adriaina Ortiz - Marine Research??

Megan Priede - working at Mystic Aquarium and at URI tick lab

Heather Shannon - MS in Biological Sciences and Geological Oceanography; now Adjunct Professor, Johnson and Wales Univ. (RI)

Nora Sturgeon - Graduate student, College of Charleston

Daniel Syriala - Graduate student, GSO; now works for NOAA/NMFS Fishery Statistics Office.

Marianna Zahra - in charge of culturing all jellyfish species at Sea World Orlando and work directly with their turtle rescue and rehabilitation program (mczahra@aol.com).

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Erin Baxter, Kristin Colavito, Erin Connors, Susan Henry, Matthew Holt, Colleen O’Neill, Lindsey Pollard, Heather Smith, Tara Syc, Jennifer Tidswell, Alexandra Wilcox

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Class of 2005

Ashley Abcunas - Naturalist, Seacoast Science Center, NH

Melissa Chalek– Law student at Roger Williams University (Fall 2010). Had worked as a zoo keeper since graduation first at Roger Williams Park Zoo (Prov, RI) then at Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford, MA). (kyhopper13@comcast.net)

Amanda Chesler - ? Hatchery technician, VIMS

Andrew DiMatteo - working at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Norfolk, VA; MS in Environmental Management, Duke University

David Hudson - PhD at U. Conn. 2011;  awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study freshwater crabs in South America. Won Best Student Poster at 2011 SICB meeting for his work on “Invasive crab salinity preference: effects of acclimation and implications for estuarine distribution”.

Heather Leba - MS student, University of Hawaii (fish/ Dr. Cassie Cole)

Dr. Emily Shumchenia - PhD at GSO (2010), and stayed on as post-doc.

Allison Stueben - Medical Technician (certification program)

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Amy Botti, Kevin Earp, Anne Farahi, Rebecca Ferrazza, Jennifer Hamilton, Trevor Higgins, Tracy Jamula, Kane LaRoche, Mandy Monroe, Michael Partica, Jennifer Picard, Frances Ann Raymond, Benjamin Rutt, Tina Sharp

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Class of 2004

Rachel Anderson - Environmental testing/education

Darcie Blanding - Mystic Aquarium?, graduate student, URI

Andrea Bonosoro - ? Substitute teacher, Long Island

George Kamajian - Medical Student, Penn. Coll. Osteopathic Med.

Michelle Kraczkowski - Graduate student, Wesleyan University

Jenna Krug - MS student, Cal. State Univ., Northridge (Marine ecology)

Karlee Markovich - Marine biologist educator/aquarist, New England Aquarium

Kevin Neves - Graduate student, Delaware State University

Abbey Novia - MS student in Biology Education, UC Berkeley

Christen Pick - Microbiologist

Vincent Politano - ? Graduate student, University of Florida

Amanda (Whispell) Purwar – PhD student in Entomology at Rutgers University

Jason Theuman - Educator, Buttonwood Park Zoo

Jessica Wellington - Tufts University, Cummings School of Vet. Med.

Jeremy Wright - PhD student, U. Michigan (catfish); winner Best Poster in General Ichthyology at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (2008)

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: David Carlson, Michael Concodello, Desiree Corideo, Devon Drewes, Amanda Henry, Gabriel Hiller, Ralph Riccio, Kate Ryan, Jennifer Thibodeau, Steve Versace

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Class of 2003

Christopher Bannon - working in NRS/URI

Rebecca Owens Bannon - working in NRS/URI

Marcy Beildeck (BS Biological Sciences) – Just completed PhD at James Madison, about to start a postdoc at UCSD

Michelle Bromley Volunteer, Mystic Aq; Educator, New England Aquarium

Nathan Cartier – Working as a musician

Jill Dematas ? Dolphin Trainer, Marineland, FLA

Jocelyne Dolce - Instructor, Department of Biology, Wellesey College; completed MS in BioSci at URI (w/ Dr. Cheryl Wilga).

Stacy Doner - ? ENSR Marine and Coastal Center

Allison Fong - MS (2006) in Oceanography, University of Hawaii (Thesis:  Mesoscale variability in nitrogen-fixing bacteria and rates of nitrogen fixation in the North Pacific Ocean), PhD Candidate, 2007-present in Oceanography, University of Hawaii (PhD Dissertation:  Effects of micro-environments and bacterial cell density on open-ocean microbial processes)

Amy (Kowalski) Greene - MPA student, Suffolk University

Alyssa (Cole) Mages - Surgical Vet Assistant, and now Head Veterinary Technician at a small clinic in South Philadelphia. Going to school to become a certified veterinary technician (CVT) and hoping to attend veterinary school in the future

Leonard Maiuri III – Water quality, PA Dep’t. Environmental Protection

Stefanie Masse - ? Branford High School teacher

Scott McGinley - First mate, schooners/tugboats

Dr. Monique Perron – Post doctoral research fellow at Brown University conducting research at EPA in Narragansett, RI; MS (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in Environmental Health, Harvard University School of Public Health.

Tiffany Risch - Biology Teacher, Coventry High School

Amy (Schneider) Greene – Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non Profit Management (2008). Currently Assistant Director of the Center for Community Based Learning at Lasell College

Jacqueline Shapo - NOAA, Coastal Management Fellow

Hillary Welch Vargas - (Double major in Ocean Engineering); Engineer, Raytheon, and MS student in Ocean Engineering at URI with Dr. Jim Miller.

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Christie Blackwelder, Scott Cunningham, Lucia Herald, Maureen Kelly, Andrew Levine, Colin Lickwar, Michael Phillips, Sarah Pierce, Laura Smith, Tiffany Wallahora.

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Class of 2002

Amber (Bifolck) Fisher - Staff Research Associate at UC Berkeley in neurobiology, working on signaling pathways in the brain. Planning to relocate to Boston in 2011 and following a career in conservation biology. (abifolck@gmail.com)

Brendan Bray - NOAA, Silver Spring MD

Abigail (Knee) Fusaro - Assistant Professor, Marygrove College (Detroit) Fall 2014; had been Lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Postdoctoral fellow at Wayne State University and worked for The Ocean Genome Legacy in Mass.; received PhD from MIT/WHOI in Biological Oceanography.

Larissa Gillon - MS in Bio Sci at URI (w/ Dr. Cobb)

Rebecca Graves - Connecticut Dep’t. Environmental Protection

Elizabeth Kordowski - Executive Director, RI Lobstermen’s Association

Kara (Mahoney) Robinson -  Student Programs Coordinator, New England Aquarium in Boston; Right Whale EWS Aerial Observer

Jennifer Messineo - Division of Fish and Wildlife, St. Thomas Virgin Islands

Randall Meyer - Self-employed, research

Mary-Elizabeth Miller - Graduate student; research assistant at Cornell Univ.

Melissa Patrician - Research Assistant, WHOI

Lesley (Fillow?) Rossi - Division of Fish and Wildlife, St. Thomas Virgin Islands

Daniel Wieczorek ? Physical Science Technician, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, NOAA

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Joseph Aiello, Erin Bodnar, Melissa Cassidy, Stephanie Forschner, Jennifer Haag, Katherine Kerr,Kelly Kreis, Jennifer Lally, Elizabeth Little, Melissa Novak, Jarrod Olbres, Christopher Renzi, Emily Sibley, Jillian Smith, Michael Smith, Jennifer Tilton, Kathleen Wall, Susan Wilson, Sharlene Woodman.

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Class of 2001

Christina Altimari - Environmental Scientist, ESS Group, Inc

Dr. Marina Ayrapetov - Research Fellow in Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was Research Associate, Rhode Island Hospital

Shanna Brazee - ? Regional Manager, Phil’s Restaurants

Melissa Bugg - Staff, Chesapeake Research Consortium ?

Melissa (Casper) Silva – Adjunct faculty at Bryant University, Johnson & Wales, and University of Phoenix.  I work for Brown University as a assessment coordinator in the CAAS. (melissa_silva@brown.edu)

Michelle (Henly) Fye - Production Scientist II, Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc., now Environmental Scientist with Fairway Laboratories,Altoona, PA.

Brian Gervelis - Contractor, NOAA NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Fisheries Sampling Branch; Master’s degree in fisheries science at URI while studying the age and growth of the thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) in the Northwest Atlantic with the API.  Upon completing his Master’s work, Brian took a position with the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program, working as a data editor.  He later served as NEFOP’s Northeast area lead assistant, working on a variety of issues facing observers stationed in the Northeast region.

Andrea Kecskes - Program Coordinator, GSO Office of Marine Programs at URI

Matthew Koehler - Ingenious Labs (biotech)

Christopher Mueller - BS Marine Biology, MS Biological Oceanography at GSO; works for Applied Science Associates

Jessica Powell - MS at URI

Jenifer Schadlick - MA Program in the Humanities, U. Chicago

Paul Sokoloff - ? MS student, UNH

Michelle Thomson - Adjunct faculty, Roger Williams University

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Karah Armstrong, Jason Bresnick, Laura DeStefaniz, Stephanie Kenyon, Hannah Liuzzo, Christina Miner, Rebecca Mitchell, Jill Olson, Michelle Orecchio, Kelly Rock, Leslie Smith

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Class of 2000

Elizabeth Bacon - High school teacher (Marine biology), York, ME

Brandi Bornt - Ducks Unlimited; Anitoch NE graduate

Michelle Burnett - RI Dep’t Environ. Mangement, Marine Fisheries

Catherine Colgan - Marine science educator

Pieter deHart - Asst. Professor of Biology, Virginia Military Institute, doing research in various aspects of marine and aquatic ecology. dehartpa@vmi.edu

Dr. Libby Ellwood - Ph.D. and now  a post-doc in the Biology Department at Boston University (with Richard Primack), her work on ecological aspects of climate change was featured on “Living on Earth” on NPR in Spring 2012.

Kerry Mahoney - Wastewater management specialist, South Kingstown RI

David Medici - Graduate student in Louisiana; Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc.

Ted Racine - (Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology major) – NOAA Fisheries in Gloucester, MA. Task Leader for Fishing Vessel Trip Reporting project, and now working for NOAA Fisheries – Fisheries Statistics Office (FSO). “During my time at URI I worked in both Stan Cobb’s lab and at the Fisheries Center at East Farm. I worked on various lobster related projects, including the artificial reef project located in Dutch Harbor, a lobster tagging project and a Salt Marsh Assessment project. Because all of these project had been funded, in one way or another, by the NMFS (now NOAA Fisheries) I was able to meet and make some contacts within the agency. These contacts helped in obtaining my first “real job” (in my field of study) after college.”

Suzanne Randazzo - Research Laboratory Specialist, U. Michigan

Jennifer Skelly MA education; teaching

Charlene Snyder Medicine; dermatology

Geoffrey Sowan zebra mussel research

Ryan Tainsh MS student, URI (w/ Dr. Killingbeck)

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Joseph Cohen, Shawn Henderson, Christopher Ollerhead, Jessica Rumpf

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 Class of 1999

Kathryn Doyle - High school teacher

Jennifer DeAlteris - Graduate student, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences

Shannon Kane - Senior Aquarist, Busch Gardens, Orlando

Sally Morehead Research Scientist, Mission-Aransas NERR, U. Texas Marine Science Institute

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT: Allison Greaves, Raina Huebner, Kathryn McRedmond, Laura Stanish

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Class of 1998

Laura Williams Wildlife Section Supervisor, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife

 

Prior to 1998 - (Students from Zoology/Botany in the area of Marine Biology)

Dr. Michael Judge (BS Zoology 1983) — Professor of Biology, Manhattan College

Dr. Kathryn Van Alstyne (BS Zoology 1983) — Marine Scientist, Western Washington University

Greg Skomal - BS and MS (with Bill Kreuger in Zoology). See:http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/05/07/eco.baskingsharks/index.html.

Robin Hadlock (Seeley) - (MS in Zoology, 1980) with Stan Cobb – Assistant Director, Shoals Marine Lab, Cornell University

James Barbosa - Pharmacological research

Bruce Moravchik (MS Biological Sciences, with Dr. Stan Cobb) – Education specialist in NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS). He is a key developer of NOS’s Education Web site, a series of innovative online materials for students and educators that convey NOAA’s research, technology, and activities. Also manages NOAA Climate Stewards, a national program to provide educators with sustained professional development in climate and related sciences, and use collaborative online tools so they may help build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. Prior working at NOAA he established and ran a marine and environmental studies program at a private high school in Rhode Island, working with teachers and students on coastal ecology, aquaculture, and habitat restoration. He has taught oceanography for the Sea Education Association; studied the behavioral ecology of lobster and crab populations in Rhode Island and Maine; and conducted research in coral reef ecology in the Red Sea.

Dr.  Rom Lipcius (BS Zoology 1976) - Professor of Marine Science at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary and 2009 Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Grace Wyngaard (BS Zoology 1975) – Professor of Biology at James Madison University

Dr. David Campbell (BS Zoology 1975, Ph.D. Zoology 1983) – Program Manager, NSF K-12 Division of Education.

Dr. David O’Neill (MS Zoology 1974) – Chair, Biology, Community College of Baltimore County

Dr. Wayne Souza- Professor, UC Berkeley (Ecology)

 

Other URI Alumni in Marine Biology etc.

Liz Caporelli - WHOI ship scheduler.

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