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54 URI students named Coastal Fellows

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Students will conduct environmental research this summer, fall

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 16, 2005 -- Fifty-four 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 tenth 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. Below is the list of 2005 Coastal Fellows.

Name Hometown Project Title

Jason Helyer

Milford, CT

North Cape Shellfish Restoration Project/RIDEM & NOAA

Kathyrn Markey

New Haven, CT

Surf Zone Fish Assemblages at Fire Island National Seashore

Owen Harvey

Waterbury, CT

URI Watershed Watch

Tamar Weinberg

Deerfield, IL

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Courtney Klenk

Chartley, MA

Ontogenetic Effects of Suction Generation on Prey Capture in Little Skates, Raja erinacea, from Narragansett Bay

Robert Janusz

Holyoke, MA

Development of a New Family of Deep Ocean Instrument Transporters

Daniel Syriala

Pembroke, MA

Ocean State Aquaculture Education Project

Mary Ackerman

Sutton, MA

Effect of Urbanization on Soil Carbon

Terri Smith

Wellfleet, MA

Land Sea Interaction: Measuring Coastal Change of Outer Cape Cod

Heather Smith

Hinsdale, NH

Sediment Respiration and Belowground Structure of Spartina Salt marshes: USEPA, Narragansett Lab

Sarah Maier

Cranford, NJ

Monitoring of Salt Marsh Vegetation and Fish in National Parks

Colleen O'Neil

Hamilton Square, NJ

Estuarine Monitoring in Narraganseet Bay

Margaret McEnroe

Verona, NJ

Minor Use Vegetable Production

Marianna Zahra

Bohemia, NY

Temperature-Nutrient Interactions in Coastal Lagoons

Jacky Kemp

Brooklyn, NY

Host-pathogen Interactions in Bivalves

Megan Priede

Kingston, NY

Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in Urban/Suburban Wetlands

Heather Shannon

North Syracuse, NY

BayMap: Habitat mapping of the Narragansett Bay System

Jordan Balaban

Valatie, NY

Ontogenetic Effects of Suction Generation on Prey Capture in Little Skates, Raja erinacea, from Narragansett Bay

Cassius Spears

Ashaway, RI

EPA RTOP - Wetland Ecology

Katie Eagan

Bristol, RI

Bycatch Characterization in Directed Fisheries Through Alternative Management Schemes

Caitlyn MacGlaflin

Charlestown, RI

Lily Leaf Beetle Resistance Among Lily Hybrids

Michelle Hetu

Coventry, RI

Small Streams Studies - Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association

Tracy Rappaport

Cranston, RI

Effects of Canopy Closure on Dispersal Patterns of Amphibians

Alexis Howard

Cumberland, RI

Assessment and Impact of Whole Grain Food Intake in Low-income Older Adults.

David Viola

East Greenwich, RI

Evaluating Agents for an Interstate Biological Control Program for Invasive Intertidal Grasses.

Grace Lentini

East Providence, RI

Effects of Canopy Closure on Dispersal Patterns of Amphibians

Courtney Viall

East Providence, RI

Impacts of Invasive Marine Algal Hosts on Native Epiphyte Species

Ben Bartley

Jamestown, RI

Habitat Value of Shellfish Aquaculture Gear

Patrick Samson

Johnston, RI

Aquaculture Extension

Fongman Wu

Johnston, RI

URI Watershed Watch

Angelina Bonin

Lincoln, RI

Identification and Analysis of Multiple Populations of Longfin Squid

Geoffrey Sitnick

Lincoln, RI

Development of a New Family of Deep Ocean Instrument Transporters

Lazaro Garcia

N Providence, RI

Ontogenetic Effects of Suction Generation on Prey Capture in Little Skates, Raja erinacea, from Narragansett Bay

David Millar

N Providence, RI

Riparian Zone Function in Multi-use Watersheds

Stacy Barrie

N Smithfield, RI

Benthic Invertebrate Communities

Bryan Burman

Newport, RI

Development of a New Family of Deep Ocean Instrument Transporters

Sarah Shoppel

North Kingstown, RI

Soil Fertility Monitoring Program

Jason Winiarski

North Kingstown, RI

Evaluation of Native and Exotic Phragmites australis and its' Associated Insect Herbivores

Carissa Hie

Providence, RI

URI Watershed Watch

Meghan Hopkins

Providence, RI

URI Watershed Watch

Sara Lincoln

Providence, RI

Subaqueous Soils as Indicators of Estuarine Health

Rachel Sholly

Providence, RI

North Cape Shellfish Restoration Project/RIDEM & NOAA

Marybeth Groff

Saundertown, RI

An Evaluation of Community Planning in 6 Coastal Communities

Rachel Hadley

Tiverton, RI

Host-pathogen Interactions in Bivalves

Alison Laferriere

W Greenwich, RI

Development of a New Family of Deep Ocean Instrument Transporters

Bronwyn Kenny

Wakefield, RI

Tick Salivary Glands: Genes to Vaccines

Auriane Koster

Wakefield, RI

URI Renewable Energy Fellowship: Wind Turbine

Rebecca Orellana

Wakefield, RI

Assessment of Food Experiences and Daily Survival Strategies Related to Hunger among Homeless People in Rhode Island

Christopher Patty

Wakefield, RI

Development of a New Family of Deep Ocean Instrument Transporters

Rebekka LaDuke

Warren, RI

A Computer-based Academic Roadmap for Nutrition and Dietetics Students

Michael Slocum

Warren, RI

Replacing Fish Meal with Plant Proteins in Diets for Summer Flounder

Alish Garrett

Warwick, RI

Assessment of Overweight, Obesity and Body Weight Perception of Low-income Children in Rhode Island

Jeffrey Grant

Warwick, RI

Population Dynamics of Quahogs in Narragansett Bay

Rosamaria DeCaro

Westerly, RI

Tick Salivary Glands: Genes to Vaccines