Beryl is a Masters’ student at Columbia University’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B), with a particular interest in urban marine ecosystems and aquatic restoration ecology. Her thesis work, co-supervised by Dr. Humphries, centers around genomic variation and plastic response to environmental stressors in oysters. The work compares expression levels of heavy metal-tolerance genes in oyster populations across the Northeast to possibly find evidence of local adaptation to polluted systems. She aims to use this research to strengthen the case for building shoreline resilience and restoring marine biodiversity around coastal cities.
Before going back to school, Beryl worked as a STEM educator and restoration ecologist at Randall's Island Park in New York City. When not in the lab, she enjoys practicing archery, baking pies, and hiking in the Hudson Valley.
Fakhrizal, or Ubun, completed his Masters Degree from Sam Ratulangi University’s Department of Aquatic Science (Indonesia) with a major in Marine Biology. His thesis focused on reef fish ecology and he evaluated the management effectiveness of different zones (e.g., tourism, sustainable fisheries) at Bunaken National Park, Indonesia. His thesis is being used by managers as a baseline assessment to revise zonation in Bunaken National Marine Park. Currently, Fakhrizal is working on his PhD based at Bogor Agricultural University and co-advised by Austin. He is studying reef fish ecology from Raja Ampat and Nusa Tenggara Barat in Indonesia.
Before going back to school for his PhD, Ubun worked as a reef fish ecologist at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) - Marine Program in Indonesia - for more than 10 years. Outside of work, Ubun enjoys gardening, practicing photography, cooking and traveling.
Inna Puspa Ayu
Inna is a PhD student at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Department of Aquatic Resources Management. She is part of the coral reef joint research between URI, IPB, and other university partners in Indonesia. Her dissertation work is co-supervised by Austin as well as Prof. Chris Lane at URI. Inna is conducting her research on DNA metabarcoding from grouper gut contents to help construct food web of coral reef ecosystem in Indonesia. She is focusing on Raja Ampat and Lombok.
Inna also teaches as a lecturer in the Aquatic Resources Management Department, Fisheries & Marine Sciences Faculty, at IPB. Some of her other research interests are in aquatic primary productivity and she also joins some working groups including Indonesia-Germany biotechnology group and the herbarium association. Outside of work, Inna enjoys cooking and traveling.
Catie is a visiting PhD student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program (E3P), advised by Dr. John Bruno. Her dissertation research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of community-based fisheries management in Belize from social and ecological perspectives. To do this, Catie collaborates with natural resource managers to conduct socio-economic surveys of fishers and underwater ecological surveys using SCUBA. She hopes her work contributes to improved management of marine resources via community engagement and increased capacity among stakeholders. Find out more about her work at her awesome website catherinelalves.com.
Prior to graduate school, Catie spent several years working in marine conservation at the Reef Environmental Education Foundation in Key Largo, FL, and education at the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, CT, after receiving her B.A. in Biology from Connecticut College. When not at work, she enjoys dancing, cooking, kayaking and traveling.