Kudos & Congratulations

2013
  • Cruise News – From Dr. Bethany Jenkins on the R/V Palmer in the Antarctic –“Yesterday we celebrated the graduation of two senior Marine Biology majors, Iain McCoy and Michelle Dennis, aboard the R/V Palmer in the Antarctic Peninsula.  They are aboard the ship as part of a research team led by Dr. Ted Durbin (GSO) studying krill biology and behavior in the Antarctic.  They received a “Bachelors of Antarctic Science degrees with Minors in Krill biology” signed by the Captain of our vessel. We had a party in the galley and made liquid nitrogen ice cream.  Since Iain has worked at Brickley’s for years, he had additional expertise to offer. We are very proud of Michelle and Iain, the hard work they are doing. Last night some humpback whales came close to the ship”  Click here to see photos of Iain and Michelle’s unique graduation ceremony.
  • NOAA Hollings Scholarships 2013!!! Katharine Egan (MB), Emily Bishop (MB), and Nicole Marone (double major MB/OCE) – all Class of 2015. In addition, Emily Thomesen was a finalist. URI students have been awarded 16 Hollings Scholars (2009-2013), which places us in the top three institutions in the country with respect to numbers during this time period. For more information about the Hollings Scholarship, see: http://web.uri.edu/marbio/scholarships-for-ug/.
  • Ryann Rossi (Class of 2013) - Worked in Dr. Scott Nixon’s laboratory at GSO, with graduate student Brita Jessen on cycling of nutrients in the mangrove forests of Puerto Rico. She continued her work after graduation in December 2012, supported, in part, by a grant from the Cobb Endowment. She won the Best Student Poster Award at the Fall 2012 meeting of the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS).  She has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her work on Mangroves at North Carolina State University with Dr. Craig Layman.
  • Nicholas Jouett (Class of 2014) -  He has received funding from various sources to go back to the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS) in May/June to supplement his research project on the fire sponge microbial consortium started when he was a student at BIOS (www.bios.org) last fall in the URI in Bermuda program.  He also received an award from the Cobb Endowment to carry out a population study on crabs in Point Judith Pond during the summer while working the summer camp where he is the marine biology director.
  • Hollings Internships Placements for 2012 Recipients
    • Sarah MerollaClimate Change Analyses of Fish Early Life Processes, NOAA Lab, Sandy Hook, NJ.
    • Eilea KnottsAnalysis of Legacy Archived Towed-Diver Imagery to Establish Trends in Benthic Composition Across the Pacific Islands, NOAA, Honolulu, HI
    • Benjamin Sevey – “Fostering a Sense of Wonder: Promoting Experiential Learning through Outdoor Discoveries on the Coast of Maine“, Wells Estuarine Reserve in Wells, ME.
    • Brenton Wallin – “Comparison of Water Column height Data obtained from Tsunami Buoy and Wave Glider in the Gulf of Mexico“, National Data Buoy Center, Stennis Space Center, MS.
    • Michael Canton – “”Effect of Dam Removal on Diadromous Fish Recovery and Restoration of Ecosystem Services“, NOAA, Orono, ME.
    • Callie Veelenturf – “Assessing Risks to Sea Turtle Nesting Sites by Proximity and Type of Coastal Development” at NOAA Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD.
  • Shelby Rinehardt  (Class of 2013, BioSci) –  Awarded Honorable Mention for the NSF Graduate Fellowship. In Fall 2013, she will be a PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology through San Diego State University and UC Davis working with Dr. Jeremy Long in Marine Chemical Ecology.
  • Nicholas Jouett (Class of 2014) –  Received funding from various sources to go back to the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS) in May/June to supplement his research project on the fire sponge microbial consortium started when he was a student at BIOS (www.bios.org) last fall in the URI in Bermuda program.  He also received an award from the Cobb Endowment to carry out a population study on crabs in Point Judith Pond during the summer while working the summer camp where he is the marine biology director.
  • Nate Andrews (Class of 2015) - Awarded NSF REU Fellowship at the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL, Woods Hole) to work and live on Plum Island, MA (an NSF LTER) in the TIDES REU Program.

2012

  • Gordon Ober (PhD student, Thornber Lab) is a coauthor on paper in Nature
  • Michele Guidone (Ph.D. 2012, Thornber Lab) won the best graduate student presentation award at the 2012 Northeast Algal Symposium and this Fall will be an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
  • Lianha Gonda-King (MS student, Preisser Lab) and Jordan Balaban (Wilga Lab) both received Grants-In-Aid to fund their research from Sigma Xi, the national Scientific Research Society.
  • Dr. Anabela Maia (PhD student, Wilga Lab) has been awarded the 2012 URI Excellence in Doctoral Research Award by the URI Graduate School.
  • Dr. Nicole Rohr (PhD 2012, Thornber Lab) – after completing the CELS IGERT Program, and a Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship in DC this past year, Nicole is now the Legislative Assistant for Rep. Thompson of CA. She will cover issues related to oceans and fisheries, natural resources, agriculture, energy, etc….In the next few weeks she will be introducing her first pieces of legislation!
  • Russell Dauksis (Class of 2013) has been awarded a nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award offered for students in the STEM disciplines. He is also a 2011 NOAA Hollings Scholar and did a NOAA Internship in Puerto Rico this summer studying coral conservation.
  • 2012 Hollings Scholarships! - Five Marine Biology majors and one Ocean Engineering major have been awarded nationally competitive NOAA Hollings Scholarships. They are: Michael Canton (Marine Biology), Eilea Knotts (Marine Biology), Sarah Merolla (Marine Biology), Benjamin Sevey (Marine Biology), Callie Veelenturf (Marine Biology and Wildlife and Conservation Biology), and Brenton Wallin (Ocean Engineering). A total of 13URI students have received Hollings Scholarships over the past four consecutive years!
2011
  • Fulbright Fellowships! Megan O’Brien (Marine Biology, Class of 2011, 2009 Hollings Scholar, and MS student in the Lane Lab) has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to study Fisheries Management at a University in Iceland (See her blog at: http://fulbrighticeland.wordpress.com/). Benjamin Negrete (Marine Biology, Class of 2012 and Hollings Scholar) was named a Fulbright Finalist.
  • Correna Blewett (’11) and Shelby Rinehart (’13) were awarded URI Undergraduate Research Initiative Grants by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost – both work in Dr. Thornber’s lab.
  • Connor Capizzano awarded the Class of 2011 University Academic Excellence Award in Marine Biology (also a NOAA Hollings Scholar)
  • Graduate students Margot Bergstrom (Webb Lab), Leanne Elder (Seibel Lab), Jessica Conover (Thornber Lab) and Christine Newton (Thornber Lab) received the 2011 Biological Sciences Graduate Student Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Russell Dauksis (Class of 2013) was awarded a NOAA Ernest Hollings Scholarship. Russell is the 7th URI student (and the 6th CELS student) to receive this prestigious national scholarship in the past three years.
  • Margot Bergstrom (Ph.D. student, Webb Lab) and Michele Guidone (Ph.D. student, Thornber Lab) were awarded URI Graduate Research Fellowships for 2011-2012.
  • Amy Maas (Ph.D. student, Seibel Lab) was awarded a highly competitive Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Post-Doctoral Fellowship starting in Fall 2011.
  • Connor Capizzano awarded the Class of 2011 University Academic Excellence Award in Marine Biology (also a NOAA Hollings Scholar)
  • Graduate students Margot Bergstrom (Webb Lab), Leanne Elder (Seibel Lab), Jessica Conover (Thornber Lab) and Christine Newton (Thornber Lab) received the 2011 Biological Sciences Graduate Student Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Research by graduate students in the Wilga Lab were featured on Canadian Discovery Channel: Anabela Maia‘s work on the function of the dorsal fin in sharks. Click hereJason Ramsay‘s work on shark feeding mechanics. Click here.
2010 Research Cruises
  • Dr. Brad Seibel (Biological Sciences) and undergrads Ashley Stoehr (Class of 2010), and Kristina Camarena (Class of 2011) were in the Gulf of California on the R/V New Horizon (Scripps Inst. Oceanography) examining “Hypoxia and the ecology, behavior and physiology of jumbo squid, Dosidicus gigas” (collaborative grant, funded by NSF). Click here for photos from cruise.
  • Dr. Dreux Chappell (post-doc in Dr. Bethany Jenkin’s lab, Dept. Cell and Molecular Biology) participated in a cruise on the R/V Melville (Scripps Inst. Oceanography, cruise MV1008) looking at phytoplankton (diatom) distributions with reference to grazing controls and trace metal limitation in the Costa Rica Upwelling Dome. Recent graduate Heather Cyr (Marine Biology, Class of 2010) assisted on the cruise.
  • R/V Endeavor cruise May 2010 (Ph.D. student Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, GSO – Chief Scientist) – Physics, chemistry and biology of Rhode Island’s offshore waters (sponsored by the RI Endeavor Program). Thor Jensen, Megan O’Brien, and Kristina Camarena were student participants on this cruise. (Press Release). Click here for photos from cruise.
  • R/V Endeavor cruise October 2010 (Ph.D. student Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, GSO – Chief Scientist) -Physics, chemistry and biology of Rhode Island’s offshore waters (sponsored by the RI Endeavor Program). Amanda Ziegler (Class of 2012) and Connor Cappizzano (Class of 2011) were student participants.
2010
  • The Class of 2010!!! Read about their first steps after graduation on the Marine Biology Alumni page
  • 2010 Recipients of the Stan Cobb Endowment Independent Research Awards - Amy Maynard (Class of 2010) “Effects of predation by fishes on the success of coral reef restoration” and Stephanie Schofield “Restoration of Acropora palmata coral colonies”
  • Amy Maynard (Class of 2010), Dawn Simmons (Class of 2009) and Kelly Pennoyer (Class of 2008) published a paper based on the project they carrie dout when they were on the URI Bermuda Program. SEE: Wood JB, Maynard AE, Lawlor AG, Sawyer EK, Simmons DM, Pennoyer KE, Derby CD. 2010. Caribbean reef squid, Sepioteuthis sepioidea, use ink as a defense against predatory French grunts, Haemulon flavolineatum.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 388: 1-58.
  • Megan O’BrienConnor Cappizzano and Michael Justa served as volunteers for the First RIhode Island Sea Grant Coast 5K Run held in on Sept. 19, 2010 to raise funds for student scholarships
  • Benjamin Negrete (’12), Megan Nepshinsky (’12) and Alexa Kretsch (Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology ’12) awarded nationally competitive Hollings Scholarships by NOAA. URI currently has more NOAA Hollings Scholars in the area of marine biology than any other research university in the US. (URI Press Release)
  • Nicole Rohr (Ph.D. student and IGERT Fellow, Thornber Lab) – Awarded a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship by the National Sea Grant College Program, which matches fellows with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government in Washington, DC. She is working with Senator Roger Wicker of MS on his marine policy, including the outcome of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Ashley Stoehr and Ananda Fraser awarded Class of 2010 University Academic Excellence Awards (for Marine Biology and Political Science, and for Marine Affairs, respectively). These two outstanding students were also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Dr. Marta Gomez-Chiarri (Dept. Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science) – recipient of the 2010 CELS Research Excellence Award.
  • Ananda Fraser (’10) named a member of the Atlantic-10 2010 Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Academic All-Conference Team in recognition of both her academic and athletic accomplishments.
  • Emily Vincent (’10) and Christine Newton (MS student, Thornber Lab) both won Best Student Poster awards at the national Benthic Ecology Meetings (Wilmington, DE).
  • Nicole Rohr (Ph.D. student and IGERT Fellow, Thornber Lab) awarded a P.E.O. Scholar Award, a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to women pursuing a Ph.D. or post-doc and are viewed to have high potential to significantly contribute to their field of study. (www.peointernational.org)
  • Ashley Heinze (’10), Joseph Marini (’10), Megan O’Brien (’11), Ashley Stoehr (’10), and Emily Vincent (’10) – awarded URI Undergraduate Research Initiative Grants by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost.
  • Amanda Ziegler (’11) and Emily Vincent (’10) win first and third place prizes, respectively, at the annual URI Coastal Fellows Poster Celebration.(read more….)…See article on Emily’s research.
  • Megan O’Brien ( ’11) -awarded a Goldwater Scholarship and a NOAA Hollings Scholarship (URI Press Release)
  • Connor Capizzano ( ’11) – awarded a NOAA Hollings Scholarship (URI Press Release
  • Dr. Cheryl Wilga (Assoc. Prof., Bio Sci) – awarded the 2009 CELS Faculty Research Excellence Award