Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office GIS Lab Team

The Greater Atlantic Fisheries Office GIS Lab Team consists of the lab lead, interns, and affiliates.

The Greater Atlantic Fisheries Office GIS Lab Team consists of interns and affiliates led by Talya ten Brink, Ph.D

Current 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. 

Current Storymap Project:

The Marine Mammal Stranding Network Partners


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. 

Current Storymap Project: 

Atlantic Sea Scallop Surveys 


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. 

Current Storymap Project:

Voices of the Fisheries and Cape Ann Fishermen


Lab Affiliates: 

Communications: Kate Swails (co-mentor VSFS interns)

Analysis and Program Support: Benjamin Galuardi

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Ashleigh McCord 

Sustainable Fisheries: Doug Potts/Spencer Talmage

Habitat Conservation: William McDavitt

Protected Resources: Zach Jyllka/Roosevelt Mason

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on October 29, 2020