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Carolyn Woodhead

Carolyn Woodhead
Cooperative Research Specialist
Key West, FL

Carolyn is a research specialist with the NEFSC Cooperative Research Program. Carolyn's duties include a wide range of tasks such as assisting with study fleet and cooperative research contracts, research set-aside programs and grants, and assisting with outreach for the Cooperative Research Program.

Before joining the Cooperative Research Program, Carolyn worked with Massachusetts Divistion of Marine Fisheries as a fisheries and shellfish technician, and with NOAA's Northeast Regional Office in Protected Resources. Carolyn earned a B.S. from Missouri Southern State University in her home state, and a Master's degree in biology from UMASS Boston

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Katie Burchard
Program Specialist
Narragansett, RI

Katie earned both a Bachelor's degree in natural resources conservation and Master's degree in environmental conservation from UMASS Amherst where she focused on fisheries conservation and management. During her undergraduate education she conducted several independent studies on the sound production of fish under the supervision of Rodney Rountree and Francis Juanes. She spent her junior and senior summers working on the Hudson River through two consecutive Hudson River Polgar Fellowships, where she conducted passive acoustics surveys. Katie studied haddock reproductive maturity and diel reproductive periodicity in the Gulf of Maine for her Master's research. During that time she was also contracted to work as a sea technician on the NEFSC bottom trawl surveys. Katie joined the Study Fleet team immediately out of school in 2007 as a field scientist at the NEFSC Narragansett Laboratory. Currently, as a program specialist she conducts a variety of tasks specializing in data auditing and analysis.
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Brian Gervelis
Data Analyst
Narragansett, RI

Brian was born and raised in Rhode Island and has lived there his whole life. He earned his Bachelor's degree in marine biology from the University of Rhode Island. During his junior year, he began volunteering with NOAA Fisheries' Apex Predators Investigation working on a variety of projects surrounding the life histories of shark species in New England. He continued his education at URI, receiving a Master's degree in fisheries science while studying the age and growth of the thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) in the Northwest Atlantic with the API. Upon completing his Master's work, Brian took a position with the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program, working as a data editor. He later served as NEFOPs Northeast area lead assistant, working on a variety of issues facing observers stationed in the Northeast region. Brian joined Study Fleet as a data analyst and is based in Narragansett.

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Christopher Sarro

Christopher Sarro
Field Scientist
Narragansett, RI

Chris Sarro received Bachelor's in Biology from UMASS Dartmouth. After graduation he worked as a field technician in St. Augustine, Florida examining juvenile bluefish recruitment into northeast Florida estuaries and as a research volunteer at the Binimi Biological Field Station in the Bahamas. He worked as a fisheries research technician at the School for Marine Science and Technology where he received his Master's in marine resource science and management, studying the spatial and temporal variations in the shell height/meat weight relationship of sea scallops in the Georges Bank fishery with his advisor Kevin Stokesbury. Chris joined Study Fleet as a field technician and is based out of Narragansett, RI.

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Calvin Alexander

Calvin Alexander
Field Scientist
Narragansett RI

Calvin grew up in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Rhode Island in 2007. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.S. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology. Prior to moving to Rhode Island Calvin worked in the Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries as a Biological Data Collector and Fisheries Extension Officer. His research interests there included investigating the sexual maturity of the four-winged flying fish (Hirundichthys affinis), biological data collection from experimental gear studies, and underwater data collection and photography as part of a ghost fishing study of abandoned traps. Calvin joined the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program in the summer of 2010 and remained there for two years. He worked out of ports from Maine to Virginia and later took on responsibilities as a trip trainer and evaluated potential Fisheries Observer candidates. Calvin joined the Study Fleet as a Field Scientist and is based out of Narragansett, RI.

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Elizabeth Marchetti
Field Scientist
Narragansett RI

Elizabeth is from Long Island, New York and studied at the University of Rhode Island to pursue her passion in marine biology. She also studied in Lismore, Australia at Southern Cross University for a semester. After volunteering at Mystic Aquarium and interning for the the Whale Center of New England in Gloucester MA, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and immediately started working for the Ocean Technology Foundation as a sea observer for the Lobster Restoration program in response to the North Cape Oil Spill of 1996. From there she worked as a part time deckhand on lobster vessels before landing her 5 year position as a port agent in the NOAA Point Judith field office. Elizabeth joined the Study Fleet in Jan of 2013 to further follow her love for the fisheries and the sciences. When not in the office, in the port or on a boat, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, running, and being with her beloved bullmastiff lab mix.

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Giovanni Gianesin

Giovanni Lee Gianesin
Field Scientist
Woods Hole MA
(508) 495-2308

Giovanni Gianesin earned his bachelors degrees in Marine Biology and Modern Foreign Languages from Roger Williams University. Shortly after graduation, he worked as an Environmental Educator on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In 2008, Giovanni started working as a Fisheries Observer. In Alaska, the variety of vessels he worked on included Sablefish Longliners, Pacific Cod Trap Boats, Pollock Trawlers, and Flounder Catcher/Processor boats. After a couple of seasons, he found observing work closer to home in the Atlantic Sea Scallop fishery. Alongside observing trips, Giovanni worked as an Endangered Species Observer and Dredge Placement Monitor for the Army Core of Engineers on tugboats in New York Harbor. He entered the office environment in 2010 to work as an observer and at-sea monitor trainer for the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program. In 2013 he returned to working alongside fishermen when he joined the Cooperative Research Group. In his spare time, he enjoys camping and riding his bicycles.

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Dom Saint Amand

Dominique St.Amand
Field Coordinator
Woods Hole, MA

Dom is from Kentucky and has his bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Western Kentucky. He moved to New England in 2010 to observe on groundfish vessels for the sector management program. After working in New England for several months he took a job with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center as an observer working on pelagic longline vessels. His responsibilities were to capture biological data on blue fin tuna during their spawn in the Gulf of Mexico. After his stint in the Gulf he accepted a job with the NEFOP program as a trainer specializing in trawl gear, biological sampling, fish id and catch estimation. He join Study Fleet in January of 2013 as a Field Technician and is stationed in Woods Hole, MA.

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