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53 URI students named Coastal Fellows

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 1, 2004 -- Fifty-three students at the University of Rhode Island will spend the next seven months conducting a wide array of environmental research and outreach after being selected for the URI Coastal Fellows Program.

Now in its ninth year, the Coastal Fellows Program teams students with URI faculty and research staff to study an environmental topic of their choice. While gaining the skills that will ensure their future success, students build the confidence needed to perform on the job before they enter the job market.

“The Coastal Fellows Program serves as a bridge between classroom learning and applied research,” explained program coordinator Barbara Nowicki. “It’s a unique program that gives students the opportunity to involve themselves in addressing current environmental problems.”

Coastal Fellows are selected through a competitive application process. The 2004 Coastal Fellows are (name, hometown, research subject):


Hometown, State

Research subject

Kate Iaquinto

North Haven, CT

Monitoring Beach Nesting Threatened Species

Kate Dunlop

Seymour, CT

Finfish Sampling at Fire Island National Seashore

Kim Tesla

Shelton, CT

Impact of Long-Term Trawl Survey on Benthic Habitat

Kara Caldwell

Southington, CT

Tick Salivary Glands: Genes to Vaccines

Tim Mueller

Waterford, CT

Finfish Sampling at Fire Island National Seashore

Michelle Mulcahy

Arlington, MA

Nutrient Management in Turf Grass Establishment

Sylvia Sham

Ashland, MA

Innovative Sustainable Landscaping

Jared Jackson

Athol, MA

Public Participation in Marine Protected Area Programs

Carlo Baca

Attleboro, MA

Solving Geoscience Problems Using X-Ray Fluorescence

Jared Lucia

Bridgewater, MA

Interactions Between Eastern Oysters and a Protozoan Parasite

Justin Miranda

New Bedford, MA

Enrichment Activities for Captive Species

Rebecca Kibler

Northfield, MA

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program Policy and Outreach

Dave Hudson

Portage, MA

Habitat Value of Shellfish Aquaculture Gear

Katrina Lassiter

Sandwich, MA

Benthic Invertebrate Monitoring

Jo-Ann Bouley

Seekonk, MA

Horticulture Solutions to Rhode Island Hunger

Steven Fewore

Waquoit, MA

Impact of Genetic and Environmental Factors on Shell Disease in American Lobsters

Rebecca Ferrazza

Westminster, MA

Monitoring Benthic Macrofauna at Cape Cod National Seashore

Ben Rutt

Gaithersburg, MD

Monitoring and Assessment of Narragansett Bay

Sarah Maier

Cranford, NJ

Long-Term Monitoring of Salt Marsh Communities

Adrianna Ortiz

Albuquerque, NY

Developing a Monitoring Program for Estuarine Restoration at Cape Cod National Seashore

Tina Sharp

Collegeville, PA

Cellulose Synthase Genes from Marine Red Algae

Heather Leba

Lancaster, PA

Ecomechanics of Mussels in a Changing Climate

Matt Griffin

Pottstown, PA

North Cape Shellfish Recruitment

Ryan Abney

Brattleboro, VT

Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in Anthropogenic Wetlands

Alison Milliman

Charlestown, RI

Emigration Behavior of Spotted Salamanders on Golf Courses

Ben Swanson

Charlestown, RI

Virtual Geology Field Trips

Emily Shumchenia

Cranston, RI

Habitat Mapping in Narragansett Bay and Coastal Salt Ponds

Tara Janosh

Cumberland, RI

Building Water Resource Protection into Local Land Use Ordinances

Peter Biancani

East Greenwich, RI

North Cape Shellfish Recruitment

Dave Viola

East Greenwich, RI

Evaluating Agents for Biological Control of Intertidal Grasses

Nick Cardoso

East Providence, RI

Carbon Flux and Sequestration

Grace Lentini

East Providence, RI

Shelter Limitation of Reef Fish Populations at Large Spacial Scale

Jessica Redinger

Hope Valley, RI

Great White Sharks of Seal Island, South Africa

Ben Bartley

Jamestown, RI

Temperature-Nutrient Interactions in Coastal Lagoons

Megan Dyer

Narragansett, RI

Invasive Swallow-Worts and Associated Insect Herbivores

Jesse Siligato

Narragansett, RI

Ocean State Aquaculture Education Program

Maureen Brindley

North Kingstown, RI

Evaluating Climate Correlates of Black-Legged Tick Activity

Emily Troiano

North Kingstown, RI

R.I. Natural History Ecological Inventory

Kris Winarski

North Kingstown, RI

Habitat Selection and Quality on the Growth of Arctic-Nesting Geese

Matt Travisono

North Scituate, RI

Remediation Techniques for MBTE-Contaminated Groundwater

Stacey Barrie

North Smithfield, RI

Interactions Between Eastern Oysters and a Protozoan Parasite