Coastal Institute Research Breakfast

Coffee and Climate: The Future of Our Coastal Zone
This event is part of the 2022 Nixon lecture series, learn more about the Nixon lecture here

Join alumni of URI’s National Science Foundation funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) for a lively discussion of key research questions in the coastal zone.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7th, 9am-10am – continental breakfast will be provided
WHERE: Hazard A & B Rooms, Coastal Institute Building, Graduate School of Oceanography, Bay Campus (in-person only)
RSVP: Please RSVP using this link if you plan to attend
QUESTIONS? Contact Q. Kellogg, 

Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Pete August


Carrie Byron, Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology, University of New England

Dr. Carrie Byron is a field ecologist whose research promotes sustainable ecological aquaculture in the coastal ocean. Her work on carrying capacity for shellfish aquaculture is globally recognized. At this time, she focused on sustainable development of seaweed farming in Maine. Her current research examines the Ecosystem Services provided by aquaculture farms and supports food safety in a rapidly growing seaweed industry. Working directly with aquaculture industry members, her research addresses immediate needs in the field of ocean aquaculture, including both restorative aquaculture and ocean foods systems more broadly. She is an Associate Professor at the University of New England and an alumni of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute IGERT program. 

Jason Krumholz, Senior Environmental Scientist at McLaughlin Research Corporation

Jason Krumholz is a Senior Environmental Scientist with McLaughlin Research Corporation in Middletown, RI, where he serves as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Navy’s Mission Environmental Planning Program. In this role, Dr. Krumholz works to minimize environmental impact from testing and training activities, ensure compliance with federal environmental laws and conduct original research aimed at understanding and mitigating the impact of Department of Defense activities on marine environments. Dr. Krumholz serves on the Research and Conservation Committee at the Norwalk Aquarium, the Climate Change Committee for the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association, and on the Greater Boston Research Advisory Group. He is the Chief Scientist for two small non-profits; The Reef Ball Foundation, which uses designed artificial reef technology to facilitate coastal restoration, and Slow No Wake, which works on marine debris removal and education in the recreational fishing sector. He is also a founding board member of Remote Ecologist, a non-profit organization designed to remove the barriers to participation faced by independent and unaffiliated research scientists. Dr. Krumholz holds a PhD in Oceanography University of Rhode Island.

Bogdan Prokopovych, Lecturer, Management, Isenberg School of Management, UMass, Amherst

Bogdan Prokopovych is a lecturer in the Management Department at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. His current teaching and research focus on how organizations can contribute to society’s sustainability and create social impact, both locally and globally. The focus on his work includes social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and collective action organizations. Bogdon holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

We are hoping to engage all attendees. Please let us know what accommodations or resources you require to participate in this discussion.

The focus of the Coastal Institute IGERT Project was Assessing Change in Coastal Ecosystems: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences. Join us to learn how this program and their PhD research has shaped the career pathways of our panelists.