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Evans graduated in August 2019 with a PhD in Biological and Environmental Science. Evans was the Humphries Lab’s very first student to receive a PhD, and for good measure he completed his program in less than four years! Clearly, Evans worked incredibly hard on his dissertation, which focused on sustainable Sardinella fisheries management in his home country of Ghana. Evans is currently working on writing and submitting multiple manuscripts covering the results of his doctoral studies, and will soon be back home in Ghana to reunite with family and begin work as a faculty member at the University of Cape Coast. We will all miss him but now have a wonderful host family on the Ghanaian coast!
Melati graduated in May 2019 with a degree from URI’s Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program. Her thesis analyzed the social-ecological impact of rabbitfish and grouper fisheries in eastern Indonesia, focusing on the Bajou community in Wakatobi. She conducted the fieldwork for this project in collaboration with Dr. Wa Iba at the University of Halu Oleo in Kendari, SE Sulawesi. Melati spent many summer (and winter) months in Wakatobi collecting data and administering a field team of 2-4 enumerators. She is now a Fulbright Scholar conducting small-scale coral reef fisheries research in Indonesia.
Diana was in the lab for just over 1 year working on a genomic database of coral reef fishes globally. Dr. Beltran received her PhD in 2015 from the University of Puerto Rico with Richard Appeldorn, studying “The Scale of Connectivity in Benthic Reef Fishes: Population Genomics of Opistognathus aurifrons”. Diana now works with Drs. Marta Gomez-Chiarri and Carlos Prada at URI using environmental DNA to better understand invasive species in Narragansett Bay, RI.
Corinne graduated in August 2018 with a MS from the Graduate School of Oceanography and a MAMA from Marine Affairs. Corinne assisted us during the Summer of 2018 as part of the ecosystem modeling project to test hydroacoustic sonar products for surveying pelagic fish in Narragansett Bay. As a graduate student, Corinne conducted biological research and interviewed fishermen to characterize the emerging Jonah crab fishery in Southern New England. Corinne now works at the RI Department of Environmental Management on marine fisheries.
Diky graduated in August 2018. For his MS thesis, Diky researched the community life histories and ecological effects of spatial zoning in the coral reefs of the Sunda-Banda Sea in Indonesia. This research was performed in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund as well as the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF). Diky is now back in Indonesia and working as the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries in the MMAF.
Katie graduated in August 2018. Her MS thesis updated and revised the reproductive parameters of the Blue Shark, including re-examining the migration routes as they relate to reproductive conditions. She conducted this work in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Natanson at NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) lab in Narragansett, RI. Her research will inform population dynamics models for the Blue Shark in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Katie is currently working at the NOAA NMFS lab on shark ecology.
Lauren was the Humphries Lab's very first graduate student! She graduated in August 2017 and completed a MS studying the role of social variables in predicting support for nature-based coastal management strategies. The work was based in Martha’s Vineyard around a living shorelines initiative with Massachusetts Audubon’s Felix Neck Sanctuary and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Her resulting publication in the Journal of Environmental Management can be read here. She is currently a Research Associate with the lab - we’re glad she stuck around!
Max finished his BS degree in Natural Resource Economics in May 2017 and earned many awards for his exceptional performance in the classroom. While in our group, Max looked at what effects different fishing gears had on coral reef fish assemblages in Lombok, Indonesia. He also assisted PhD student Evans Arizi in Ghana for 3 months conducting fish landings surveys for sardinella along the coast. Max is currently a Research Associate at California Environmental Associates in San Francisco, CA.
Jack graduated URI in May 2017 with a BS degree in Marine Biology. At graduation he was awarded the highest honors for his outstanding GPA. While in the lab, he worked on coral reef restoration data entry and analyses, learning how to code in R. Jack is currently working on a MS degree studying coral adaptation to climate change with Dr. Peter Edmunds at California State University, Northridge.
Aditi joined the lab during the summer of 2016 between her Freshman and Sophomore years at URI as part of the Coastal Fellows program. She learned how to code in R and looked at fisheries catch data in Tanimbar Kei, Indonesia - see her poster here. Aditi is currently studying Marine Biology and hopes to rejoin the lab in her Senior year to gain more experience with data analysis.