Our mission is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience and action.

10 Woodside Lane Westport, CT 06880   203-557-4400 Earthplace Preschool: 203-557-3638

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

  • Wednesday, November 22nd: 9am to 3pm (Preschool closed, excluding full-time students)
  • Thursday, November 23rd: Closed
  • Friday, November 24th: 9am to 2pm (Preschool closed) 

Research Staff 

Dr. Sarah Crosby – Director of Harbor Watch
(203) 557-4403                   s.crosby@earthplace.org

Sarah Crosby is a marine ecologist with training in conservation science and extensive research experience in coastal and marine ecosystems. Sarah received a B.A. in biology from Tufts University in 2006 and a M.Sc. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 2009. While at URI, her research concerned a salt marsh under consideration for restoration, and she focused on the marsh fish community and human impacts on the landscape. After finishing her Master’s, she began a Ph.D. program in ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, which she completed in 2014. Sarah’s doctoral research focused on the resilience of coastal ecosystems to human and climate impacts.

Peter Fraboni – Harbor Watch Associate Director, Education
(203) 557-8445                       p.fraboni@earthplace.org

Pete has over 30 years of experience in the environmental field as an educator, aquarist, manager and researcher at Earthplace. He holds a BA and MS in biology from the University of Bridgeport and is a published co-author on a study on American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) hemoglobin. He was also the editor of Connecticut Naturalist magazine from 1976-1995. Pete maintains the financial and budgetary records for Harbor Watch as well as the water quality databases for data analysis and reporting. Additionally, he provides technical support for the development of the Quality Assurance Testing Protocols and acts as a team leader for sample collection.

Nikki Cantatore – Harbor Watch Associate Director, Research 
(203) 557-8446                   n.cantatore@earthplace.org

Nikki began interning with Harbor Watch in 2009 and was hired full time in October 2010. She holds a BS in environmental science and policy from Marist College. Nikki oversees Harbor Watch monitoring projects, provides technical support for the development of the Quality Assurance Testing Protocols, and acts as a team leader for sample collection and laboratory testing. She is also the co-coordinator of the education and volunteer programs and is a co-captain for the juvenile benthic marine fish trawl surveys.

 

Joshua Cooper – Laboratory Director 
(203) 557-8447                   j.cooper@earthplace.org

Josh began interning with Harbor Watch in 2009 and was hired full time in May of 2010. He holds a BS in Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Connecticut. Josh is the co-coordinator of the education and volunteer programs and is in charge of training interns and volunteers. He is responsible for maintaining laboratory protocol and supplies, acts as a team leader for sample collection and laboratory testing and is co-captain for the juvenile benthic marine fish trawl surveys.


Kasey Tietz
 – Research Assistant
                                              k.tietz@earthplace.org

Kasey started her journey with Harbor Watch in March of 2017 as a full-time Research Assistant. She came to us from Indiana and has a BS from Purdue University in Fishery and Aquatic Science and a minor in Wildlife Biology. She assists the entire team with day to day activities, particularly focused on laboratory safety and upkeep, sample collection and processing, and data entry and analysis.