Nikki joined the Earthplace team in 2009 as a Harbor Watch intern. For the last 12 years, she has continued to work with Harbor Watch as the Quality Assurance Officer, Laboratory Director, and Associate Director of Research. She holds a BS in environmental science and policy from Marist College. As Director of Harbor Watch, Nikki oversees all monitoring efforts, research projects, and education programs. She is also a member of the Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee.
Mary is from Oakville, Connecticut and joined the Harbor Watch team in February 2020. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Connecticut, where she studied Water and Climate Resources. Her studies focused on freshwater wetland ecosystems of the Northeast.
As the research and education coordinator she is involved in the organization and execution of education programs, sample collection in the field, processing samples in the lab, and data entry and analysis, among other responsibilities.
Marisa joined the Harbor Watch team in May 2022. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Colgate University and is currently working on a MS in Integrative Biological Diversity at Western Connecticut State University. As Research Assistant, she is responsible for field sampling, laboratory processing, data analysis, and assisting with other projects as needed.
Associate Director of Harbor Watch & Laboratory Director
Kasey started her journey with Harbor Watch in March of 2017 as a Research Assistant, in 2019 became the Laboratory Director, and in 2022 the Associate Director and Laboratory Director. She is originally 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, completing Quality Assurance Testing Protocols, maintaining ample lab supplies, keeping equipment in good working condition, leading undergraduate interns, assisting with sample collection and processing, data entry and analysis, and support of the various education programs.