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Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office GIS Lab Team

The Greater Atlantic Fisheries Office GIS Lab Team consists of the lab lead Dr. Talya ten Brink, students, and affiliates.

Dr. Talya ten Brink, Ph.D. leads the lab of students and affiliates on projects including research, applications, analyses, and storymaps. 

2023 INFISH Scholar 

Kalimah Muhammad 

Kalimah Muhammad is a current Undergraduate Biology student at Howard University concentrating in ecology and evolution. With an extensive background in peer education and leadership, Kalimah has worked towards the betterment of her community through youth advocacy and organization. This includes cancer awareness campaigns, gender equality workshops and many more. Her future goals include completing a doctoral degree in Marine Biology and establishing maritime educational resources for under-served communities. As an aspiring scientist and accomplished musician, Kalimah strives to support a sense of togetherness and community throughout every aspect of her career 


2023 Yale Conservation Scholar 

AJ Villaruel

Intern student, AJ Villaruel.

AJ is from Brooklyn, NY and is an uprising sophomore in Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is a double major in Biological Engineering and Environment & Sustainability with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. His academic interests lie within the intersection of engineering and sustainability, and how they can be used to more equitably develop underprivileged communities. He hopes to attend graduate school in the future in a related field and use his passion for STEM as a force for good in the world.


2021/2022 Virtual Student Federal Service Intern:

Vanessa Mahan

Vanessa in front of a mountain range.

Vanessa Mahan is a current graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in a Masters program studying Environmental Science and Policy for Conservation Biology. She received a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from the Missouri University of Science Technology in 2020. She's interested in conservation for marine and coastal ecosystems and hopes to provide a better understanding of resource and habitat needs for endangered species. 

Research and Analysis Project:

Critical Habitat, Ship Strikes and Atlantic Sturgeon

2020/2021 Virtual Student Federal Service Interns:

Michelle Boone

Michelle is an intern at GARFO

Michelle is a 4th-year PhD student in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She studies bumble bees, specifically the federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bee. She earned an Associate's in Liberal Arts from North Hennepin Community College in 2010 and a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in 2016 and began her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota in 2017. She’s interested in endangered species conservation and working with communities to find ways in which humans and wildlife can coexist, especially in urban areas. 


Storymap Projects:

Sharing Seal Space by the Seashore: An Introduction to the GAR Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Traveling Turtles: Rescue and Rehabilitation of Cold Stunned Sea Turtles 

Darryl Acker-Carter

Darryl is an intern at GARFO

Darryl is a Senior at George Mason University. He is majoring in Environmental Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Conservation and Sustainability. Darryl grew up in Annapolis, Maryland exploring all of what the Chesapeake Bay has to offer. He enjoys beekeeping, gardening, hiking, and podcasts. His academic interests are sustainable food systems, urban sustainability, behavioral ecology, disease ecology, and the food water energy nexus. 




Storymap Projects: 

The Atlantic Sea Scallop: A Fishery Success Story

The Northeast Shelf: A Changing Ecosystem

Emma Bonanno


Emma is from Southern Maryland and currently resides in College Park, Maryland where she attends the University of Maryland. She is a Senior majoring in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science with a minor in GIS, and interested in anything marine/ocean/coastal science related. Post-graduation, she hopes to earn a graduate degree in marine science or GIS and hopefully work for NOAA. She is excited to learn more about fisheries management and create memorable story maps for GARFO this year. 



Storymap Projects:

Voices of the Fisheries: The Unique Lives and Work of Gloucester Fishermen

Lab Affiliates: 

Protected Resources: Peter Johnsen (co-mentor VSFS intern 2021-2022)

Communications: Kate Swails (co-mentor VSFS interns)

Analysis and Program Support: Benjamin Galuardi (Fishing Footprints)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Ashleigh McCord (GARFO Mapper)

Sustainable Fisheries: Doug Potts/Spencer Talmage (GARFO Mapper)

Habitat Conservation: William McDavitt (Survey123)

Protected Resources: Edith Carson-Supino (Section 7)

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on July 26, 2023