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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. Sarah has been director of the Harbor Watch program since January, 2015.


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 Spiller – Harbor Watch Associate Director, Research 
(203) 557-8446                   n.spiller@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.



Kasey Tietz – Laboratory Director

Kasey started her journey with Harbor Watch in March of 2017 as a Research Assistant and in 2019 became the Laboratory Director. 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 is responsible for managing the Harbor Watch Laboratory. This includes completing Quality Assurance Testing Protocols, maintaining ample lab supplies, keeping equipmant in good working condition, and leading undergraduate interns. Outside of the lab, she assists with sample collection and processing, data entry, and analysis, and supoprt of the various education programs.

Devan Shulby - Science Operations Coordinator

Devan joined the Harbor Watch team in February 2018 as the Unified Water Study Equipment Loan Program Coordinator and began in her current position of Science Operations Coordinator in January 2019. She moved to Connecticut in 2014 from Pennsylvania where she is originally from. She holds a B.S in Marine Science-Biology from the University of Tampa. Devan’s primary responsibilities include the management and execution of Earthplace research projects, contributing to Harbor Watch’s ongoing water quality research program, and management of Earthplace’s citizen scientists and other volunteers.