Knauss Marine Policy Fellow - 2021 - NOAA
MS - 2020 - Oceanography - UConn
BS - 2018 - Marine Biology - Northeastern University
Halle completed her MS at UConn assessing the climate change vulnerability of Dungeness crab. Her PhD is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the resilience of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery to ocean acidification and warming. Halle is co-advised by Dr. Samantha Siedlecki.
MA - 2020 - Biology (Ecology & Evolution) - Stony Brook University
BS - 2019 - Marine Biology, Ecosystems & Human Impact - Stony Brook University
Riley joins us from Stony Brook, where he completed his Masters' studying the cost of sexually selected traits and thermal stress in fiddler crabs. For his PhD, Riley is interested in examining the impacts of climate change on benthic communities via range expansions and species interactions.
Dr. Karen Aerni
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
PhD - 2023 - Marine and Environmental Sciences - Northeastern University
BS - 2008 - Psychology & Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Karen's research uses a social-ecological systems perspective to understand anthropogenic impacts on social and ecological communities across terrestrial and marine ecosystems . Karen's approach combines remote sensing, GIS, field experiments, and stakeholder engagement to understand how human activities affect food webs and ecosystem services at local, landscape. and biogeographic scales.
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