In a laboratory lined with dozens of 20-gallon fish tanks at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus, eco-physiologist Coleen Suckling is raising Atlantic purple sea urchins to determine whether the Ocean State might benefit from establishing hatcheries or aquaculture facilities for growing the spiny marine creatures.
News reporters and film crews have called on Holly Dunsworth more times than she can count in recent years. She has been invited to share her insights about painful childbirth on the Netflix program “Sex, Explained,” discussed why babies cry on National Public Radio, commented about why chimps can’t throw well for the Washington Post, and addressed numerous other topics for prominent news outlets around the world.
During each annual Rhode Island BioBlitz, David Gregg stands under a tent designated “Science Central” and sounds an air horn to start off as many as 200 volunteer biologists, naturalists and other nature enthusiasts counting as many species of wildlife as possible in 24 hours on one parcel of land.
Michael Sullivan has testified in court about why a resident’s grass turned brown, advised the U.S. Olympic Committee when turf from Rhode Island was installed at a field for the 2004 Athens Olympics, and traveled to China 28 times to consult on how to increase the productivity of its agricultural soils.
Sharks and sting rays have led two South Kingstown marine biologists into a sea of discovery as they begin their professional careers fulfilling passions for understanding aquatic life of all kinds.
When an 800-pound wild Himalayan goat called a takin escaped from its enclosure at Roger Williams Park Zoo last May, it smashed through a reinforced door and injured two staff members before the zoo’s recapture team, overseen by Wakefield resident Tim French, sedated the animal and returned it to its exhibit.
When Dacota Fresilli was about 12 years old, his family gave him some music equipment as a birthday present. They may not have realized it at the time, but that gift launched the beginning of a lifelong career.
During his workday at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, Chris Capuano, an engineer in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, develops sonar training tools for Navy schoolhouses across the country.
From their North Kingstown home, Kristen & Marc Peralta, run the nonprofit Vintage Pet Rescue, taking in and caring for senior dogs that have nowhere else to go in their last months or years. Their efforts stem from a shared love of animals, and senior pets in particular.