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Beryl Kahn

Beryl is a MS 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 Austin, 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.


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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.


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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.


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Catie alves

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.


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Maggie Heinichen

Maggie is a MS student at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography advised by Prof. Jeremy Collie. She is working with the Humphries Lab team with help from Tyler Richman building an ecosystem model of Narragansett Bay. Maggie's work focuses on the environmental-ecological connections in Narragansett Bay while Austin and Annie of the Humphries Lab are examining the social-ecological interactions. She hopes this work will allow for better informed fisheries management that accounts for connections between species and their environment.

Maggie completed her BS at Cornell University. After college she spent a year as a fisheries observer working on the commercial fishing vessels out of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She then transitioned in-house at the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program working to achieve observer coverage on the New England groundfish fleet. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time on the water.


Tyler Richman

Tyler is an undergraduate student at Roger Williams University studying Environmental Science, Marine Biology, and Sustainability. Tyler grew up in Maine where he fell in love with nature. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing (fly fishing, ice fishing), kayaking, and hunting - so his passion for learning more about these subjects comes naturally. Currently, he is working with the Humphries Lab on building an ecosystem model for Narragansett Bay. More specifically, Tyler is working on the diet composition of striped sea robins in the bay, as this has been identified as a data gap and need by RI Department of Environmental Management. While striped sea robins aren't known for their commercial or recreational significance, there's no doubt that they are ecologically significant. Tyler hopes to clear up any ambiguity about this species' diet so the final model is as accurate as possible. Outside of work, he is usually fishing somewhere.