Peter B. Lord Seminar: Coastal Aquaculture in New England – Speaker Bios

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September 30, 2015
12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Coastal Institute on the Bay Campus
URI Graduate School of Oceanography

David Beutel has worked with the fishing industry since the late 1970’s as a commercial fishermen and fishing gear manufacturer.   He worked for RI Sea Grant at URI in fisheries and aquaculture outreach, and fishing gear research for 17 years.  The research concentrated on projects that modified fishing gear to reduce bycatch. Beutel was part of the team that developed the “Eliminator” trawl which received the World Wildlife Fund Smart Gear award in 2007.  He has also developed educational programs on fishing techniques, fisheries issues, and seafood choices for the industry and the public. Currently, he is working with the RI Coastal Resources Management Council as the Aquaculture and Fisheries Coordinator where he works to facilitate the regulation and development of aquaculture in RI.  Beutel has also been involved in efforts to help to develop the fisheries aspects of marine spatial planning, mainly through the work on the RI Ocean Special Area Management Plan.

Azure Dee Cygler joined the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC) in 2012. She is a fisheries extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant and the CRC. Azure is working on a fisheries mapping effort in the region, a collaboration between CRC, the Island Institute in Maine and George LaPointe Consulting. She also works on the CRC-Sea Grant’s statewide Shellfish Management Plan, the first of its kind in Rhode Island. Azure has master’s in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, where her graduate work focused on measuring the well-being of commercial fishermen in three New England ports and how management measures have impacted their decision-making and conservation ethics. Prior to her graduate work, she was with the School for Marine Science and Technology in Massachusetts, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass., and has fished commercially in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Narragansett and is involved in the coastal community.

Robinson W. (“Wally) Fulweiler received her Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 2007 and went on to do a postdoc at Louisiana State University. In 2008, she became an Assistant Professor at Boston University. In 2014, she was awarded tenure at Boston University in the Department of Earth and Environment and the Department of Biology. She is a biogeochemist and ecosystems ecologist whose research is focused on answering fundamental questions about energy flow and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and silica), carbon, and oxygen in a variety of environments. Her recent focus has been on how climate change may influence the nitrogen cycle in estuarine and shelf systems and how anthropogenic activities alter nutrient cycling along the land-ocean continuum. She was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 2012, the first time this award was given in Ocean Sciences. In 2014, she was awarded the Cronin award from the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation.

Tessa Getchis is the Aquaculture Specialist for the Connecticut Sea Grant Extension Program. Since joining the University of Connecticut in 2000, her role has been to provide business assistance to the aquaculture industry, and to conduct research, outreach and develop tools for aquaculture site selection. She is also involved in developing and helping farmers implement practices to manage aquaculture production hazards. Tessa is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a B.S. in marine biology. She received her M.S. in fisheries, animal and veterinary science from the University of Rhode Island.

Bob Rheault started shellfish farming while he was working on his PhD in Biological Oceanography at URI. He was one of the early pioneers of the niche-marketed specialty oyster boom, establishing the Moonstone Oystersâ brand and started a marketing cooperative to distribute locally-cultured oysters nationwide. He sold his farm in 2007 now serves as the Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association. His research interests include documenting and valuating the environmental services provided by shellfish aquaculture and using nutrient credit trading as a means to limit coastal eutrophication. Bob worked with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch in the 90s to ensure that farmed shellfish were recognized for their unmatched sustainability. Bob was on the international team that developed the bivalve farming standards now being certified through ASC. He is a passionate and outspoken advocate for the shellfish industry.

Dave Roebuck
spent 14 summers while was growing up commercially lobstering with his dad, uncle, and brothers off the coast of Block Island. For five winters after college he packaged squid and caught scallops and ground fish with his brother Chris on the boat Karen Elizabeth. In 2002, Dave started Salt Pond Oyster Company and has been growing oysters ever since. In 2012 he bought a truck, called it the Shuckin’ Truck, and has been selling his oysters and family’s catch, preparing unique and creative seafood dishes such as scallop rolls, lobster tacos and fish tacos, along with fresh salt pond oysters and littlenecks.

Julie Rose is a Research Ecologist with the NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut.  Julie completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in the field of plankton ecology.  She worked as the Science Coordinator and NOAA Liaison to the Long Island Sound Study from 2009-2011 before starting her current position with NOAA.  Julie is interested in the interactions between shellfish aquaculture and the marine environment, marine spatial planning for shellfish, and scientific guidance to environmental management.


This seminar was sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Coastal Institute, and Metcalf Institute donors.

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