Marine Biology Alumni

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Class of 2018

Michael Blanco – Fisheries Observer, A.I.S., Inc., Northeast Fisheries Observer Program

Erin Bowman – Intern, Coral Restoration Foundation, Key Largo FL

Tiare Friedrich – MS Student, University of Miami; Seasonal Assistant Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Sea Explorers Marine Camp

Melina Metaxas – Research Internship, Mystic Aquarium -working with Dr. Paul Anderson on “A framework for the selection of marine aquarium fishes to target for sustainable species selection and aquaculture”.

Lauren Salisbury – Research Assistant, URI NRS with Ph.D candidate Amber Hardy & Dr. Mark Stolt – Using Thin-Layer Deposition to Manage Sea-Level Rise in Tidal Marshes

Angela Stahl – Intern, Animal Husbandry and Scuba Diving, New England Aquarium/New England Aquarium Quincy Animal Care Center

We need information about: Daniel Achilles, Johann Becker, Christina Cosquete, Jared Defond, Carly DeLiberty, Kirsten Fagan, Alison Frey, Mackenzie Gendron, Matthew Gibson, Long Gong, Paige Gufler, Jane Hamilton, Elizabeth Hertzler, Ryan Housden, Danielle Jordan, Randy Joslin, Gloria Keogh, Emily Krochin, Jordon Lyon, Liheng Ma, Amelia May, Emily Pepin, Kaitlyn Quirke, Julia Rucko, Ryan Smith, Michael Tortorelli, James Tuttle, Miranda Van Allen, Connor Ward, Nikki Wowaka, Amy Wetzel

Class of 2017

Jessica Casey – doing environmental work (invasive species)

Lucas Crowley – Volunteer, Mystic Aquarium

Jessica Freedman – MS Student, Environmental Science and Policy, Johns Hopkins University; Had been on the RVIB Palmer with the Robinson group at GSO (

Christine Gardiner – working at GSO studying the presence of halogenated natural products in fish and algae tissues in Narragansett Bay

John Girard – Graduate Student, Cal State Northridge; had been Research Assistant, Darrin Freshwater Institute (NY) – field sampling, and lab work pertaining to Lake George watershed

Katherine Hannibal – Assistant Coordinator, Teen Program, New England Aquarium.

Jessica Hutnick – Intern, Mote Marine Laboratory (FL)

Marguerite Kinsella – Teacher, Primrose Schools (NJ);  Naturalist, Environmental Education Center in NJ.

Robert Krulee – Fish and Wildlife Researcher, RI Department of Environmental Management

Jennifer Lander – Intern, Coastal Systems Group

Nick Letarte – IFS Fisheries Observer, collecting data for NOAA and NMFS

Mitchell Mcgrane – working on an oyster farm

Danielle Moore – Marine Research Assistant I at GSO (Wishner Lab)

Katie Nickles – MS student in the Webb Lab (CELS/URI) working on the developmental sensory biology of coral reef fishes

Thomas O’Brien – Fisheries Surveyer, RI Fish and Wildlife

Taylor Perrotta – Aquatic Specialist II, Charles River Laboratories, Charles River Laboratories (MA)

Darby Pochtar – MS Student, George Mason University, Environmental Science and Policy

Lauren Potak – Marine Science Educator, Sea Turtle Camp (NC) and Educator at Long Island Aquarium

Victoria Russo – working at Early Intervention Center

Haley Schanne – Graduate student at College of Charleston, working towards an MS in Environmental Studies and a Master’s of Public Administration and interested in environmental education. She had worked for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps through the Chesapeake Bay Trust, spending a year at Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, MD, working in environmental education, creating and piloting service-learning curriculum that focuses on watershed issues and health (

We need information about: Nicholas Castro, Joey Ehrhard, Bowman Halstead, Emily Haws, Nicole Labbe, Renee LaGarenne, Diana Lourenco, Katherine Lynch, Cynthia Michaud, Christian Schultz, Jennie Warrell, Michaela Wellman

Class of 2016

Renee Bakker – Intern, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Lauren Benoit – now working with Joe Romeiro, award-winning underwater cinematographer and naturalist known for his work with sharks (frequently seen on Shark Week); Received Master of Oceanography from GSO (5th year BS/MO); spent Summer 2016 working in Fiji on shark conservation. See photos at: See article here.

Jessica Bornstein – Intern,  Save the Bay

Alexandra Bruce – Volunteer, Save the Bay

Emily Derome – Intern, Oceanarium in Bar Harbor, ME

Ciara Dawson – MS Student in Biomimicry, Arizona State University.

Camilla Di Persia – Research Technician, lab of Dr. Claire Paris, University of Miami (RSMAS)

Sean Duffey – NOAA Coastal Management Fellow (2 years) in Boston MA; Received Master of Oceanography from GSO (5th year BS/MO); Summer 2016 internship with RI DEM.

Madison Francoeur – Marine Science Instructor, SeaCamp (FL)

Jaclyn Friedman – MS Student, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS. College of William and Mary, VA), working with Drs. Elizabeth Shadwick and Juliette Smith on long term patterns of carbon cycling in Chesapeake Bay.

Andrea Fusco – MS student Three Seas Program, Northeastern Univ.; Intern, Block Island Maritime Institute; Intern, New England Aquarium.

David Gleeson – MO student at GSO (Fall 2017); had been Fisheries Observer; participated in Antarctic cruise with Dr. Durbin (GSO) for which he received a US Antarctic Service Medal for service in the Antarctic;

Grace Hanson – Marine Biologist and Mate in the Virgin Islands with Sail Caribbean – responsible for helping set up long-term data sets as well as teaching HS campers about the ocean and assisting with their research projects.

Ann Kelly – Shellfish Assistant, Town of Barnstable

Kelsey Law – Mate on charter boat; Guest Engagement Intern, Florida Aquarium, Tampa; Camp Counselor/Intern, Nature’s Academy, Bradenton, FL

Kyle St. Pierre – Crew on SSV Oliver Hazard Perry (out of Newport)

Aimee Sugrue – Assistant Trainer at Mystic Aquarium; Sea Lion and Penguin Husbandry Intern, Mystic Aquarium

Steven Tadros – Junior Scientist at RPS (formerly ASA), a science and technology solutions company located in South Kingstown (  /; MO from GSO (5th year BS/MO)

Daniel Wolf – Graduate Student, doing MS in Ohio

We need information about:  Danielle Arpino, Kelsey Beachman, Kelsey Brown, Heather Chan, Alexander Claros, Emily Derome, Julianne Haesche, Nicole Marone, Kaylee Stanton, Hannah Vegh, Albin Werwaiss.

Class of 2015

Nathan Andrews – Fisheries Specialist and APAIS Field Technician, RI Department of Environmental Management – Works on the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey for the Atlantic Coast Cooperative Statistical Program, assists DEM with other research projects, such as oyster restoration projects. Had been an Intern, Friday Harbor Soundwatch Program, working with killer whales.

Dylan Bedortha – Fisheries Observer, Pacific Island Regional Observer Program ( Had been Intern, Aquaculture and Aquaponics Farm in Maryland where he was hired by Farm Manager, Emily Becker (MBio Class of 2011; MS 2013).

Oliver Bender – MS Student, University of New Hampshire (with Dr. David Berlinsky, a URI alum); had been Intern, Southeast New England Ventless Trap Survey (lobsters); Intern, Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation; Research Assistant, Webb Lab/URI, (sensory biology of a coral reef goby).

Emily Bernstein – Animal Care and Training Intern, Dolphins Plus Bayside in Key Largo, FLA

Erin Bilbo – Marine Research Specialist, Inner Space Center at GSO. Erin assists with education and outreach efforts, supports Center operations and leads Oceanography Explorer Camps.

Emily Bishop – Owner/Marine Biologist at Westward Ecology; had been Education and Outreach Assistant, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Port Hadlock, WA (w/Washington Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program). Had been Intern, Guillemot Research Group,, monitoring pigeon guillemots that breed in the bluffs around Whidbey Island, WA. “If you ever have students that are interested in hearing from a former student/moving to WA/ or need a connection to some Puget Sound marine resources, feel free to send them my way!”

Michael Donnell – Intern, New England Aquarium

Katharine Egan – MS Student, U. Virgin Islands – working on modelling endangered coral species abundance in mesophotic and shallow coral reefs in the Virgin Islands; Biologist, NOAA Beaufort Laboratory in Beaufort, NC, and GIS Analyst for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP); working on developing a tool to assess the population status of threatened corals in U.S. jurisdictions. “If any students are interested in GIS analyses, quantitative ecology, data science, coral reef ecology, applying to grad school, or working for NOAA, please feel free to pass my URI email along to them ( I would love to be able to help students figure out what interests them the most in addition to giving helpful advice.

Flora Gibbs – MS student, Walla Walla University; Had been Intern, RI Department of Health assessing water quality at all the Rhode Island beaches; Intern, Mote Marine Lab/Aquarium – Sea turtle care, training, and research.

Rebecca Griffin – Lead Scientist, New Logic Marine Science Camp (K-8). In charge of running/planning activities at several different locations along the Jersey shore (

Maureen Hayden – Ph.D. student, Texas A&M University in Marine Biology (with Dr. Mary Wicksten); MS, Walla Walla University (with Dr. Kirt Onthank) – working on thermal preferences in the Smoothskin Octopus (Muusoctopus leioderma).

Teegan Innis – Research Specialist, U. Penn. (symbiosis of reef-building corals using molecular biology, physiology and microbial laboratory techniques); MS in Three Seas Program – Northeastern University (Marine Biology).

Meagan Leppicello – Aquarist and Education Intern, Save The Bay

Katherine Marr – Master Educator at Chincoteague Bay Field Station; Adult and Family Educator, Chincoteague Bay Field Station (as per LinkedIn); had been Intern, Reef Environmental Education Foundation, in Key Largo, Florida.

Jillon McGreal – Marine Technician at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS); had been Marine Technician Intern, GSO/URI on R/V Endeavor; Field Technician, GSO; Research Assistant, Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket.

Suzanne Meiman – Guest Services, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, FLA

Alexandra Moen – Assistant Dive Safety Officer, URI.

Allison Myers – Peace Corps Volunteer/Coastal Resource Management Volunteer in the Philippines. “I’m so excited to use my knowledge and experience in such a rewarding way! CRM Volunteers work in partnership with local government officials and cooperate closely with NGOs and academic institutions. Together they assist coastal populations in developing, implementing, and managing integrated CRM plans and projects. They also assist communities with organization, environmental education and training, and establishing the bases for legal protection of fish stocks and marine habitats”.

Rachel Revolinski – Aquarist Intern, Coral World Ocean Park, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Mary Catherine Rocca – Intern, Mote Marine Laboratory (marine mammals)

Krystal Schultz – DVM student, Tufts University Veterinary School.

Teresa Schwemmer – working at Stony Brook University (School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); had been working for Dr. Seibel, URI.

Clarisse Sullivan – MS student, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, in Biological Oceanography (Rappé Lab) – working on bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequence data from Juan de Fuca Ridge Axis; will be participating in research cruise to North Pond in the Atlantic Ocean in October 2017 to collect ocean crustal fluids from borehole observatories.

Katherine Viducic – MS Student at URI with Dr. Austin Humphries

Michael Vondras – Intern, Hudson River Mercury Surveillance (with Dr Holsen at Clarkson University); teaching Marine Biology classes to home schoolers for Homeschoolers on the Hudson.

We need information about:  William Botta, Rhianna Bozzi, Rachael Desfosses, Alexandra Egan, Bryanne Fontaine, Ryan Kenneally, Katrina Kleinhans, Nicholas Koester,  Fiona Mackechnie, Kelley McBride, Michael McNally, Jessica Perreault, Michael Petitpas, Elizabeth Raymond, Thomas Reiske, Richard Turcotte, Vanessa Van Schaik, Jacqueline Weeks, Amy Whitehead, Quentin Wysopal

Class of 2014

Michael Canton – MS Student, New Mexico State University (wildlife science)

Taylor Clement – MS student, Western Washington University (marine genomics)

Katelyn (Dash) Walland – Lab Manager/Research Technician, Dr. Eve Marder’s lab Brandeis University; MS in Lane Lab (BioSci/CELS) at URI.

Allison Holevoet – Fisheries observer in North Pacific.

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

Nicholas Jouett – doing research at BIOS in Bermuda.

Eilea Knotts  – PhD student, Integrative Biology, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC – working on effects of inhibited carbonic anhydrase on the natural phytoplankton communities in coastal waters at the Baruch Marine Field Lab; MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC

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.

Michael Long – (FAVS major, minor in Marine Biology) – MS student at UMass Amherst – working for Mass Audubon at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod on horseshoe crab acoustic telemetry in Wellfleet Harbor; had worked for the Southern New England Cooperative Ventless Trap Survey through GSO, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, and the city of Attleboro Conservation Commission.

Sarah Merolla – MS student, California State University Northridge – Effects of ocean acidification, water flow, and morphology on coralline algae in Moorea, French Polynesia

Hayleigh Mildon – Veterinarian Assistant, Bluffs Animal Hospital (FLA).

Rebecca Scott – PhD student, University of South Florida (lab of Dr. Cameron Ainsworth, working on Atlantis ecosystem model, supported by  NOAA Marine Resource Assessment Fellowship. Did MS Georgia Southern University (stream fish community ecology); had been Ecosystem Modeler, NOAA NMFS’s Chesapeake Bay Office. Used statistical modeling to estimate disease-associated mortality of mycobacteriosis in striped bass; provided modeling/data/GIS support tomodelers in the Chesapeake Bay Office; involved in the creation of an ecosystem model of the Upper San Francisco Estuary and an Atlantis model of the Chesapeake Bay.

Benjamin Sevey – Substitute Teacher, Middletown Board of Education, Newington, CT; completed a second major in Computer Science at URI.

Ryan Shanaghan – North Pacific Fisheries Observer, Alaskan Observers, Inc.; 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.  SMALL WORLD STORY – bumped into Caroline Breakell at the NMFS office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Alicia Siravo – MS student California State University – Northridge, working on coral reef ecophysiology (in Moorea); had been Coastal Fellow with Dr. Forrester (“Comparing methods of coral restoration: do corals benefit from a nursery period prior to transplanting on the reef?”)

Chelsea (Stephens) Gomez – Research Assistant, Brown University, Dep’t. Cognitive, Linguistics, and Psychological Sciences; MS in Irvine Lab (BioSci/CELS) at URI (developmental biology).

Callie Veelenturf – MS Purdue University (lab of Dr. Paladino,  a world expert on sea turtles) – spent time on a remote island off of West Africa studying sea turtles.  She is most interested in combining social science and conservation biology; had done several sea turtle-related internships in Florida, Costa Rica and Panama.

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

Class of 2013

Jonathan Bartlett – working for Wildlife International in Easton, MD doing ecotoxicology. He reports that:”Wildlife International is currently hiring……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 Univ. – studying impact of genetic variation within plant species in salt marsh ecosystems; US Navy Veteran (2001-2008; First Class Petty Officer, tactical meteorological and oceanographic forecaster at the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Facility and the Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare Detachment with the 6th Fleet Command in Naples, Italy)

Carly Crane – Ass’t. Director/Program Assistant Fairfax County Park Authority; Admin Asst. – National Zoo, Washington DC; Intern, Mossel Bay South Africa (shark ecology).

Russell Dauksis – Field Biologist, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM); MS, California State University at Northridge (fish ecology)

Michelle Dennis – Student Researcher, Department of Environmental Management; MS student, URI MESM program; participated in  GSO Antarctic cruises (2013, 2014) with Dr. Ted Durbin.

Kaeli Fertal – Research Biologist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Principal investigator for the blue crab project out of Cedar Key, FL working to assess the health of the spawning stock. Also assists in baseline monitoring of stone crabs and assists Fisheries Independent Monitoring team with fish IDs and dissections.

Crisostomo Gomez – Graduate Student, University of British Columbia

Jacob Harris – working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Christina Horstmann – completed MSc at James Cook University (Australia)

Nicole Kovara – Zookeeper at the Staten Island (NY) zoo.

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

Brandyn Lucca – MS student, Stony Brook University (2014) working with Dr. Joseph Warren (Acoustic Laboratory for Ecological Studies, studying ecological impacts of artificial reef deployments using active acoustics. 

Samuel Martin – started his own marketing business.

Catherine McCaughey – Video Intern for Nautilus Live (; Working at URI/GSO.

Meg McConville – did MS in Marine Science at University of North Carolina, Wilmington; had been Educator for Save The Bay and Pow!Science! LLC.

Iain McCoy – MS in URI MESM program; participated in GSO cruises to Antarctica (2013, 2014); worked at GSO in Dr. Durbin’s lab; worked with Dr. Rod Mather in Bermuda on Underwater Archaeology project.

Sean McNally – PhD student, Inter-campus Marine Science Program, UMass Boston; worked at WHOI looking at coral microbe interactions; TA and science diver at BIOS in Bermuda; (sean.mcnally001[at]

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

Samantha Musser  Assistant for J-term Bonaire course w/ Dr. Forrester; Lab Technician at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories (Lancaster, PA).

Shelby Rinehardt – PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology, San Diego State University and UC Davis, working with Dr. Jeremy Long. Studying population and community dynamics of omnivores in southern CA salt marshes.

Katherine Rodrigue – Research Assistant, Marine Fisheries, RI Division of Fish and Wildlife; Science/Data Assistant aboard the E/V Nautilus (; had worked in Thornber lab

Ryann Rossi – PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, North Carolina State University – working on mangrove ecology (Layman Lab)

Casey Tremper – MA in Marine Affairs at URI; had worked at New England Institute of Technology as administrative assistant; was an AmeriCorps Volunteer at New England Science and Sailing Foundation (in New London, CT).

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

Class of 2012

Lauren Carter – Research Technician, NOAA Fisheries, Narragansett, RI; Volunteer Technician, North Attleboro (MA) National Fish Hatchery; Seasonal Diadromous Fisheries Technician, MA Division of Marine Fisheries; MS at URI, in Webb Lab (BioSci/CELS) – development of the lateral line system in cichlid fishes.

Betsy Cohen – works at Pfizer; MS in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology UMass-Dartmouth.

Caitlin (Del Sesto) Bucci – Research Assistant, Charles River Laboratories; Had been Manufacturing Associate at Shire; MS at 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 – MS Student (Daly Lab) working on project related to Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill; 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 –  MESM at URI; 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 – Wilderness Guide, Juneau, Alaska; had worked as a naturalist on a whale watch boat.

Nicole Leporacci – Environmental Scientist, Division of Planning at RI Dep’t. Transportation (2017); completed MESM program at URI; had been Intern, Mote Marine Laboratory and Science Instructor at Seacamp in Big Pine Key, Florida

Leah Lewis  – Staff Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; earned MA in 2017, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD) and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, worked in Marine Bioacoustics Lab on behavioral context of blue whale calls in Southern California); had worked at NMFS Narrangansett- genetic identification of fish eggs using DNA barcoding, and identification of paralarval cephalopods.

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

Benjamin Negrete – PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of Texas Marine Science Institute (2017) – in fish physiology. He had been working in San Diego – instructional assistant for kids with behavioral, and/or learning disabilities for the past several years.

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

Bryan Pestone – Commissioned Officer, NOAA Corps (2013), stationed on the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer; 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 – working on benthic food webs in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas; 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 – Watershed Outreach and Development Assistant at Still Riverkeeper (GA); Naturalist, Little St. Simons Island, Georgia – developed and presented 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 – Wildlife Biologist II, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Waddell Aquaculture Center;  Armstrong State University (Georgia) developing and building their Aquaponics Department/research facility; Manager, Fish Farm (in Maryland);  Assistant Manager, Zebrafish Facility, Duke University Medical School; MS in Webb Lab (BioSci/CELS) on the lateral line system of cichlid fishes.

Correna Blewett – Staff Biologist, Natural Resource Services, Inc. (Burrillville, RI); MBA, Research Assistant/Diver, Aquarium Manager, Maria Mitchell Association (Nantucket); Farm Hand, Matunuck Oyster Farm; URI’s “Blue MBA” program (business and oceanography) .

Jessica Bonamusa – Environmental Analyst at New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission; Head of Development, The River Project; MS – Duke University, Master of Environmental Management.

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

Connor Capizzano – PhD student, UMass Boston, Marine Science and Technology, NSF IGERT Fellow; MS at University of New England (fish biology); had been Intern, Shark Behavioral Ecology at Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota FLA; worked on BP oil-spill related cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.

Emily Carter – Has worked at Shedd Aquarium, Oregon Coast Aquarium; Intern at Disney’s The Seas;  Intern, Bimini Biological Field Station, working on lemon shark biology and ecology (2011).

Kendall Day – Veterinarian, Center for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care (Lewisville, TX); DVM, 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 Officer with background in Biological Sciences and Hazardous Material mitigation.

Rosmin Ennis – MS, U. Virgin Islands 2014 (“Coral reef health responses to chronic and acute changes in water quality gradients in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands”); 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 Program at Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FLA (2011).

Lynn Ficarra – PhD student, UMass Boston (lab of Dr. Ron Etter) – studying processes and biogeographic patterns of evolution in the deep ocean.

Dr. Joshua Hower – Veterinarian (DVM), College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospital (Wilmington, NC); DVM, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School (Class of 2015)

Kayla Hunt – Associate Scientist, Amgen; had been Marine Educator, Seacamp in the Florida Keys, and worked 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, working on algae and biofuels.

Christina (Lemnotis) Caccioppoli – doing MBA at URI (Fall 2017); had worked at Mystic Aquarium

Brittany McGee – Marine Science Instructor, Guided Discoveries (Catalina Island); Marine Science Instructor, Catalina Island Marine Institute (May 2014); MA in Environmental Studies, Montclair State U. (2014); had been Watershed Ambassador for the NJ-DEP through AmeriCorps; environmental/marine educator at Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ.

Dr. Nicole Millette – Woods Hole Sea Grant Postdoc Fellow at WHOI; had been Post-Doc at Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (Northern Gulf Institute), NOAA; PhD, University of Maryland, Horn Point Lab, in Biological Oceanography.

Eric Muhlbach – Research Technician, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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

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

Rebecca Sacks – Analytical Chemist/Laboratory Technician, Founders Science Group in Cumberland, RI

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

Allison Seifter – Marine Mammal Trainer, Mystic Aquarium; Had been 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, Lane Lab, URI, working on algal genomics; had been lab tech with Dr. Mike Lomas lab at BIOS (Bermuda) working 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, 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) Leonhardt – Teacher of Exceptional Children – Charleston County School District (SC); Supervising Teacher, Upper Elementary, Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (Baton Rouge); had several other teaching posts; Director, SeaQuest Program at Camp Fuller (YMCA) in Narragansett. Justin Leonhardt (Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, 2010) is a biologist with the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries.

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

Callie Crawford – PhD student, NJ Institute of Technology (Flamming Lab); MS, College of Charleston, worked on CT imaging, variation in the skeletal anatomy and phylogeny of cartilaginous fishes with Dr. Gavin Naylor; received the Carrier Award at the 2014 JMIH meeting for her MS work; had been Intern at Mote Marine Lab (Sarasota, FLA) in animal rehabilitation and Marine Naturalist Intern at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (WA).

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) Riddle – Data analyst working on whale bioacoustics at Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI.

Ananda Fraser – Program Servicing Officer, RI DEM; Adjunct Professor in Environment and Biological Science, Johnson & Wales University; 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 (NUWC) 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 –  Staff Scientist for SAVI-CoopEUS for NEON (NSF-National Ecological Observatory Network, in Colorado); Had been Science Assistant in the Geosciences Directorate, Ocean Sciences Division of NSF . MS at UNCW; had been Research Assistant in Coral Reef Ecology Laboratory at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON); 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, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory ( 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 – working for NOAA – NEFSC’s Protected Species Branch; 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:

Amy Kolb – Aquaculture Specialist, Boston Children’s Hospital; MS, Hofstra University (fish nutrition and development); Animal Care Technician, Charles River Laboratories; 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 (zebrafish genetics); had worked at UConn in Dr. Ann Bucklin’s lab as manager of Census of Marine Zooplankton Database; also worked on a research project regarding phylogeny of two calanid (copepod) species (

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.

Meghan McGowan – MS in Library Studies

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 –  Development Officer, Corporate Engagement at Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium); had been 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.

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Class of 2009

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

Thomas Cardillo – Analytical Chemist at Alpha Analytical

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. (

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. (

Emily Field – Ph.D. student, Florida State University  in algal/marine ecology (with Dr. Randall Hughes) (

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 alum’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. (

Nicholas Larghi – MS student, U. South Florida (with Dr. Stephen Deban;; 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. (

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

Megan Shearer – Research Assistant, Cardiac Research Lab, Rhode Island Hospital. (

Dawn Simmons – working for RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) as Intern (Summer 09) (

Dr. Rachel (Wigton) Jastrebsky – Faculty, The Holderness School (Plymouth NH); Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Wesleyan University; PhD, Old Dominion University – working on cephalopod biomechanics; had worked at NUWC in Newport; taught Algebra and Marine Biology at Portsmouth Abbey School.

WE NEED INFORMATION ABOUT Ashley Burch, 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 in Woods Hole in Aquaculture; MS at Univ. New Hampshire; had been Diver/Collector for the MBL 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, MA as a sea-going biological technician on NOAA research vessels (2011) (

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’

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 – Microsoft Specialist at Microsoft FLA; MS student, NOVA Southeastern University (FLA)

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

Corey Eddy – PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 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 (, stationed on Fisheries Survey Vessel, NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker; doing MS at California State University Monterey Bay in Applied Marine and Watershed Science, while assigned to Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA; will be leading a research project dealing with reproductive ecology of Petrale Sole (Eopsetta jordani). Had been 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. (

Joshua Helms – (double major in MAF). Project Manager/ Biologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Had done MS at UMiami, worked at WHOI, was Salt Marsh Monitoring Intern (Association to Preserve Cape Cod), Environmental Consultant, MA Natural Resource Officer, National Park Service Biological technician.

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. (

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

Sara MacSorley – Founder and Author, Super Cool Scientists LLC, an organization working to promote inclusion in science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM), I celebrate women in science through story and coloring books (see: Super Cool Scientists on Amazon; 2nd edition forthcoming); Had been Director, Green Street Arts Center and Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science, Wesleyan University (CT); had been Project Administrator, RI NSF EPSCoR ( 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 – working for Beckman Coulter (Manager, Manufacturing Science); MS at GSO/URI (Rynearson Lab) – worked on Genetics of coastal and estuarine diatoms; Research Assistant in the Rynearson lab (GSO)

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.”

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

Kelly Pennoyer – PhD student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi – studying molecular ecology and evolution; MS, University of New England (2013); Intern at Camp Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, CA; 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 – Training and Development Manager at Kenzan; Had been Director of AmeriCorps Programs at Serve Rhode Island, Rhode Island Area; had been 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.” (

Dr. Jessie Sanders – Veterinarian (DVM); Owner of Aquatic Veterinary Services & Santa Cruz Koi (CA); Owner, Aquatic Veterinary Services of Northern California; DVM, Tufts University (Class of 2012)

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

Carla Scocchi – One of the Founders of the Maine Ocean School (; in Searsport, ME), a new public magnet high school dedicated to the maritime arts that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” education on the water, in the lab, and in the classroom (Vice Chair of Board of Trustees); Director of Science Program, Boothbay Sea and Science Center (2014); MS in Education at U. Maine (2015; Maine Center for Research in STEM Education); had been Senior Assistant Scientist and Admission Counselor with the Sea Education Association (; see video of Carla on the SSV Cramer).

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 – Finfish Biologist for the Lummi Nation (Pacific Northwest); Had been 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 (

Charles Bangley – PhD. Student, East Carolina University (Ichthyology)

Danielle Duquette – Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Had been 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 (

Erika (Goblin) Tavares – 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 (

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.

Robbie Hudson – Restoration Ecologist, Save the Bay; had been intern at Save the Bay as an undergraduate (

Billy Linehan – Fisheries Observer, NMFS, Alaska

Dr. Patrick Lyons – Faculty member at CIEE research station in Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean); had beenIntroductory Biology and Marine Biology instructor at Oregon Coast Community College (Newport, OR); received PhD at Stony Brook University; (

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. Had been Peace Corps Volunteer on Vanuatu, a small island nation in the South Pacific (2007-2010) (

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 (

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

Heather Wolfer –  Scientist at Merck; PhD student, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore working on the behavioral and physiological effects of hypoxia on the Atlantic croaker in Chesapeake Bay (

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

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Class of 2006

Dr. Leanne Birden – Post-doc at Yale; 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 (

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 Clerk, Rhode Island Supreme Court; Graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law; Research Assistant, Rhode Island Sea Grant (drafted legal framework chapter of Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan); had worked as a zoo keeper since graduation first at Roger Williams Park Zoo (Prov, RI) and Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford, MA). (

Amanda Chesler – Hatchery Specialist, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (Oyster Hatchery; Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center)

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

Dr. David Hudson – Research Scientist at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (CT); PhD at U. Conn. (2011);   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 – Owns Science Communications firm (E&C Enviroscape); 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 – PhD student in Entomology at Rutgers University

Jason Theuman – Docent Program Coordinator, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo (2018); had been Educator, Buttonwood Park Zoo

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

Dr. Jeremy Wright – Curator of Fishes, NY State Museum, Albany. PhD, 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; MS in BioSci at URI (w/ Dr. Cheryl Wilga).

Stacy Doner – ? ENSR Marine and Coastal Center

Dr. Allison Fong – Working at Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany; PhD in Oceanography, University of Hawaii (PhD Dissertation:  Effects of micro-environments and bacterial cell density on open-ocean microbial processes); MS (2006) in Oceanography, University of Hawaii (Thesis:  Mesoscale variability in nitrogen-fixing bacteria and rates of nitrogen fixation in the North Pacific Ocean).

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).

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. (

Brendan Bray – NOAA, Silver Spring MD

Dr. 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) Muise – MS 2004 at URI (with Emily Carrington)

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. (

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.

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:

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

John B. Williams (BS in Zoology B.S., 1973) – worked with Dr. Stan Cobb. Did his  PhD (Marine Science) at NC State (1978, with Dr. B.J. Copeland). Professor, Dept. of Biological & Physical Sciences, South Carolina State University. Awarded University Professor of the Year and Governor’s Distinguished Professor.

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


Other URI Alumni in Marine Biology etc.

Liz Caporelli – WHOI ship scheduler.

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