Staff and Contact
Center for Economic & Environmental Development
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Rd
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: (401) 254-3563
Fax: (401) 254-3310
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Dr. Timothy M. Scott, Director: Dr. Scott joined Roger Williams University in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology. Since 1999 he has served as the Director of CEED and is also the Forrest C. Lattner Professor of Environmental Science. Dr. Scott earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990, and spent several years teaching oceanography and sailing as Chief Scientist with the Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His past experience includes studies on the genetics and diversity of marine mammals, and commercial-scale shellfish aquaculture.
Dr. Scott is a member of the Academic Review Board of the Sea Education Association, The Executive Committee of the Rhode Island Aquaculture Initiative, the Aquaculture Regulatory Working Group of the RI Coastal Resources Management Council, and the Coastal Training Advisory Board of the National Estuarine Research Reserves. He previously served on the Bay Trust, a sixteen member commission set up by the RI House of Representatives to assess the economic and environmental development in Narragansett Bay, and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Panel of the Governor’s Narragansett Bay and Watershed Planning Commission.
Dr. Dale F. Leavitt, Associate Professor of Marine Biology: Dr. Leavitt joined Roger Williams in 2003 as Visiting Professor of Marine Biology with aquaculture responsibilities that include teaching, research and public outreach. Dr. Leavitt earned his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences (1987) from the University of Maine. He has held positions as a Research Associate with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) where he specialized in Fisheries and Aquaculture, and most recently a joint appointment as Aquaculture Specialist and Extension Program Leader with the WHOI Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Programs. He has participated in a wide range of aquaculture-related projects that include environmental impact studies, seawater system design and engineering, economic development activities and aquaculture education and training. Dr. Leavitt is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association and the Technical Advisory Committee for the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center of the USDA. He is the Scientific Advisor to the Shellfish Advisory Panel of the RI Marine Fisheries Council, is a member of the Biosecurity Advisory Board of the RI CRMC and is a member of the CRMC Aquaculture Regulatory Working Group. He is the author of numerous scientific and technical articles.
Dr. Pomeroy, Professor of Marine Biology: Dr. Pomeroy started the marine ornamental research project in 2004 with grant funding from the RI Aquaculture Initiative (RIAI), and in 2007 followed this up with the formation of New England Marine Ornamental, Inc. a production company located in Warren, RI. His company was the only new aquaculture business generated through the RIAI aquaculture development process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, teaches course in marine ecology, limnology, invertebrate zoology and animal behavior. He leads the long-standing tropical ecology course that RWU offers in Belize.
Dr. Andrew Rhyne, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology: Dr. Rhyne joined RWU in 2008 and holds a joint appointment as a Research Associate with the New England Aquarium. He has a B.S. degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and both a M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. in biological sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology. He has numerous publications and his research interests include the biodiversity and conservation of marine invertebrate species commonly traded in the marine ornamental industry, the commercial scale production of marine copepods as larval food, and reproductive ecology and population biology of peppermint shrimp. Dr. Rhyne splits his time between RWU and NEAq and is responsible for the growth and development of our program in marine ornamental research.
Dr. Roxanna Smolowitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Marine Biology:
Dr. Smolowitz joined the faculty in the summer of 2009, and is responsible for guiding the development of a new program in aquatic animal health. Dr. Smolowitz has a B.A. from Indiana State University and obtained a D.V.M. degree from Purdue University. She has a long standing interest in the disease and pathology of fish and shellfish and is widely recognized as one of the leading veterinary researchers in this field. Dr. Smolowitz was a researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and most recently served as the lead Veterinarian for the New England Aquarium. She is the author of over 50 original research articles and book chapters. Her research interests include the epizoology of QPX disease in quahogs and shell disease in lobsters.
Bradford Bourque, Marine Laboratory Manager:
Mr. Bourque joined CEED as the Marine Laboratory Manager in 2001. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the University of Rhode Island (1998) and a Master’s degree in Fisheries Aquaculture from Auburn University (2001). Mr. Bourque oversees about 25 Work/Study students in the Marine Lab, teaches several science labs each year and is actively involved in numerous student research projects. He was the co-principle investigator (with Dr. Skip Pomeroy) on the grants that established the ornamental fish research program, and a co-founder of the production company, New England Marine Ornamental, Inc.
Steve Patterson, Shellfish Field Manager:
Mr. Patterson joined the CEED Staff in 2006 with the implementation of the Rhode Island Oyster Gardening for Restoration and Enhancement (OGRE) Program. He holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He has been a High School Science Teacher and the Operations Manager of the Wellfleet Shellfish Company.
Matthew Griffin, Shellfish Restoration Technician: Mr. Griffin joined the CEED staff in 2011 through a grant funded project to monitor restored bivalve populations in Rhode Island waters and to coordinate restoration efforts throughout the state. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island (2007) and has been involved in shellfish restoration since 2004. Mr. Griffin has worked as assistant coordinator of the RI DEM/NOAA North Cape Restoration Program, and most recently as a Fisheries Specialist with RI DEM and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Joe Szczebak, CEED Research Associate: Mr. Szczebak is a 2009 graduate of RWU with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in marine biology from Auburn University where he undertook research on the physiology and behavior of the two-band anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) and the bulb-tentacle sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). Most recently he was Vice President at Something Fishy, Inc., an aquarium design company based in Warwick, RI.