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Underwater Photographer in School of Fish

Meet Our Team

Leadership

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Ellen Pikitch, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Christine Santora, M.M.A.

Assistant Director

Staff, Students & Affiliates

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Sara Cernadas-Martin, Ph.D.

Affiliate

Former Research Scientist

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Dr. Karine Kleinhaus

Research Associate

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John Bohorquez

Affiliate

Former Postdoctoral Associate

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Maria Grima

Affiliate

Former M.S. Student

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Elizabeth Salzman

Research Support Specialist

M.S Graduate

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Yifan Zhang

PhD Student

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Natalia Benejam

PhD Student

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Kevin Dowd

Field Technician

Former Team Members

  • Allison Gallagher

    • Seasonal Field/Lab Technician

    • MCP Graduate ​2023

  • Yurika Tomita

    • MCP Graduate 2023​

  • Tyler Bailey

    • MCP Graduate 2023​

  • Amanda Hanifin

    • Project Aide ​2022

  • Max Gomez 

    • Seasonal Field Technician 2022-2022

  • Steve Silverman 

    • Seasonal Field Technician 2021​

  • Dr. Paul Tompkins​

    • Post-Doctoral Associate 2017-2019​

  • Timothy Frankstone

    • Project collaborator: Evaluating MPAs in China

    • M.S. Graduate 2019

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  • Gina Marie Greer

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2019

  • Damien Beri​

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2019​

  • Ashley Wemp​

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2019​

  • Andrew Glinsky​

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2019​​

  • Lucy DiBenedetto

    • Undergraduate Intern 2018-2019

  • Alfredo Esposito

    • Undergraduate Research Assistant 2015-2019

  • Maria Molina

    • JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Intern 2018

  • Jason DuMond

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2018

  • Tyler Pritchett

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2018

  • Shannon Davis​

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2018​

    • Graduate Intern

  • Rachel Silver

    • Project Aide

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2017​

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  • Erin O'Connor

    • JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Intern 2016​​​

  • Dr. Demian Chapman​

    • IOCS Director of Science 2008-2015

    • Associate Professor 

  • Dr. Natasha Gownaris

    • Project Collaborator: Marine Priority Areas 2017-19

    • Ph.D. Graduate 2015

  • Mark Bond

    • Ph.D. Graduate 2015​​​

  • Dr. Konstantine Rountos

    • Project Collaborator: ShiRP, Summer Flounder

    • Post-Doctoral Associate 2014-2016

    • Ph.D. Graduate 2014

  • Emily Nocito​

    • JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Intern 2015​

  • Jessica Steve

    • M.S. Graduate 2014

  • Keith Dunton

    • Ph.D. Graduate 2014

  • Carolyn Sukowski

    • Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate 2014

  • Shannon O'Leary

    • Ph.D. Graduate 2013

    • Project Aide

  • Debra Abercrombie

    • Scientific Contractor 2012-2013

  • Dr. Kristin Broms

    • Scientific Contractor for the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, 2011-2013

  • Tess Geers

    • M.S. Graduate 2012

    • Project Aide

  • Anna Webb 

    • M.S. Graduate 2011

  • Charles Perretti

    • M.S. Graduate 2011

  • Leonardo Castello

    • M.S. Graduate 2010

  • Dr. Joel Rice

    • Scientific Collaborator for the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, 2010-2011

  • Dr. Phaedra Doukakis

    • Member of Founding Team

    • Research Scientist at Stony Brook University, 2008-2010

    • Research Scientist at University of Miami 2003-2008​

IOCS is grateful to Dr. Beth Babcock, Ted Morton, Dr. Vera Agostini, Dr. Andrew Baker, Dr. Andrew Bakun, Dr. Mandy Karnauskas, Tiffen Baker, and Ciani Mendez, all of whom were fundamental to IOCS’s success while at the University of Miami from 2003-2008 – and to Jesse Bruschini, Kathryn Cervino, Kim Knoll, and Lorraine Rubino who were instrumental in IOCS’s transition from UM to Stony Brook University and to its success thereafter.

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