Elizabeth Manser is a senior at UMass Amherst, where she is pursuing a dual degree in biology and English with a minor in education. She hopes to eventually become a teacher, so she is excited to be working with PVCSNI to create STEM curriculum.
Ryan Diamondstone-Jones is currently currently a sophomore at Greenfield Community College. He is studying environmental science, but has focused his energy towards biology and some ecology. Ryan has always wanted to be able to work with coral reefs and is planning to continue his education in marine biology. He is looking forward to working with PVCNSI!
Lauren Affrunti is currently in her senior year at UMass Amherst working towards obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is excited to be assisting with sustainable water treatment research through design and experimentation with the PVCNSI team. Lauren hopes to find herself in a career within water treatment and is grateful to be able to contribute to a more sustainable future.
Gina Vitale is a Masters of Public Policy student at UMass Amherst. She graduated from UMass earlier this year with a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology and a minor in Chinese language and literature. Gina is interested in local, state, and federal allocation of resources for STEM education, research and innovation. She is excited to be assisting PVCNSI with their Citizen Science initiative to engage local community members and students in water quality-testing projects!
Kathleen Burgoyne is currently a junior attending Umass Amherst. She is a biology major with a minor in psychology with a passion for medical research and development, specifically, neuroscience. Once she graduates, Kathleen plans on attending PA school and working as a Physician’s Assistant. As a PA she hopes to conduct clinical trials to research new information on disease processes and efficient new treatments for patients.
Interns – Summer 2018
Emelia Aiken-Hafner is a sophomore at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. This summer Emelia will be assisting in running the Institute’s social media accounts and working on various projects to document the changes that occur when the coral is subject to changes.
Emma Zyskowski graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in Chemistry in May 2018. Emma’s senior thesis was titled an “Investigation of pollution history in XKS Mining area in China using dendrochronology and LA-ICP-MS.” She is also a tropical fishkeeping hobbyist with a passion for learning more about aquatic life.
Sophie Ackerman is an undergraduate student at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida studying Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She is helping to create a cost effective and meaningful curriculum for high schoolers of all backgrounds. Sophie hopes to educate the community through her work and aid in research to increase sustainability in marine reefs.
Annie Innes-Gold is a recent graduate of Vassar College, who majored in biology and minored in anthropology. She has been a part of aquatic and marine biology research projects, beginning two years ago when she spent a summer researching tree frog reproduction and development in Panama. She spent a semester in the Turks and Caicos studying coral reef ecology and shark biology, and worked at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences studying coral reef ecosystem function. She recently worked in a coral genetics lab at Vassar College, and completed her senior thesis on phenotypic plasticity in tadpoles. She plans to continue coral conservation research in graduate school.
Caitlyn is currently a senior at Proctor Academy. In 2017, Caitlyn worked as an intern at the Hampshire Veterinary Hospital, expanding her education on animal care and basic animal physiology. Caitlyn also studied with the Island School, where she lived on a sailboat for a month alongside 16 peers and researchers. They collected data on the endangered species; Queen Conch, Long-Spined Sea Urchin, Nassau Grouper, and the invasive species; Lionfish. Their research mainly took place in the oldest, yet unstudied, marine protected area in the world, the Exuma Land and Sea Park. She and her peers worked with the goal of finding evidence that marine protected areas work as part of a solution to stop the deterioration of our oceans, and to reduce the decline in population of endangered species. Now, Caitlyn is excited to learn as much as she can through her hands-on assistance at PVCNSI, and hopes to apply her growing knowledge to an impactful and potentially ocean-saving career. She intends to continue studying biology and business management in college.