Beryl Kahn

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.


Corinne Truesdale

Corinne is completing her studies as a master’s student in the departments of oceanography and marine affairs here at URI. As a graduate student, Corinne conducted biological research and interviewed fishermen to characterize the emerging Jonah crab fishery in Southern New England. In the Humphries lab, she is helping to test hydroacoustic sonar products for surveying pelagic fish in Narragansett Bay.

Before coming to Rhode Island, Corinne worked as a fisheries technician and biologist in Alaska and Washington, where she contributed to diverse projects including derelict fishing gear removal, salmon stock assessment research, and at-sea commercial fisheries data collection. Outside of work, Corrine enjoys volleyball, playing the piano, traveling and camping.

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Fakhrizal Setiawan

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.