Staff

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Kate Masury

Program Director

Kate is a New England native, having grown up in Southern Maine. She comes to Eating with the Ecosystem after finishing a masters program at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, California, where she focused on sustainable seafood and fisheries. She brings with her research and communications experience (check out the wonderful website Kate developed as her masters project: www.followyourfish.com).  Kate leads many of Eating with the Ecosystem's programs, including a project in partnership with the University of Rhode Island that will provide the scientific backing to support all of Eating with the Ecosystem's work - a template for eating local seafood species in proportion to their natural abundance. 

Kate can be reached by email at kate@eatingwiththeecosystem.org

 

 


Board 

Kira Stillwell  Treasurer  Kira grew up in Rhode Island as the daughter of a shark biologist, where she formed strong connections with the fishing community and a love of seafood. In her day job, Kira is Program Administrator at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, where she supports the Survey's numerous programs, from wildflowers to coyotes to turtle. In her heart she is “a water girl” whose favorite ecological zone is the shore and marine environment. She brings a rich knowledge of nonprofit administration to Eating with the Ecosystem's board.

Kira Stillwell
Treasurer

Kira grew up in Rhode Island as the daughter of a shark biologist, where she formed strong connections with the fishing community and a love of seafood. In her day job, Kira is Program Administrator at the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, where she supports the Survey's numerous programs, from wildflowers to coyotes to turtle. In her heart she is “a water girl” whose favorite ecological zone is the shore and marine environment. She brings a rich knowledge of nonprofit administration to Eating with the Ecosystem's board.

Chris Dodge  Secretary  Chris developed a love of all things marine at an early age, bouncing between the beaches of southeastern CT and Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, MA. He holds a BS in Marine Vertebrate Biology from Southampton College of LIU and a MS in Biology from Southern CT State University, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two years. He has been a marine science educator for over a decade in eastern Long Island Sound and a captain for the last seven. He currently fulfills both those roles with Save the Bay, and is thrilled to now call the Ocean State home. His love of marine science and spending time in the kitchens has made Eating with the Ecosystem a perfect fit.

Chris Dodge
Secretary

Chris developed a love of all things marine at an early age, bouncing between the beaches of southeastern CT and Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, MA. He holds a BS in Marine Vertebrate Biology from Southampton College of LIU and a MS in Biology from Southern CT State University, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two years. He has been a marine science educator for over a decade in eastern Long Island Sound and a captain for the last seven. He currently fulfills both those roles with Save the Bay, and is thrilled to now call the Ocean State home. His love of marine science and spending time in the kitchens has made Eating with the Ecosystem a perfect fit.

Syma Ebbin   Syma Ebbin serves as both a professor at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus and the Research Coordinator for Connecticut Sea Grant. Her research has focused on subsistence harvesting, marine spatial planning, and participatory management in coastal communities. She has served on multiple fisheries management and research committees and has worked with Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest. During graduate school she also spent time commercially fishing in Alaska.

Syma Ebbin

Syma Ebbin serves as both a professor at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus and the Research Coordinator for Connecticut Sea Grant. Her research has focused on subsistence harvesting, marine spatial planning, and participatory management in coastal communities. She has served on multiple fisheries management and research committees and has worked with Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest. During graduate school she also spent time commercially fishing in Alaska.

 
Rodman Sykes    Rodman has been a full-time fisherman for 43 years. He fishes on his 68-foot dragger, the Virginia Marise, out of Pt. Judith, RI. Rodman is on the boards of the Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation and the RI Commercial Fishermen’s Assocition. He also participates in collaborative research projects with Brown University. He has been invited to speak on several panels about the effects of climate change on fisheries. Rodman spoke at a private Eating with the Ecosystem dinner for the Brown Club at Hourglass Brasserie in April 2013.

Rodman Sykes

Rodman has been a full-time fisherman for 43 years. He fishes on his 68-foot dragger, the Virginia Marise, out of Pt. Judith, RI. Rodman is on the boards of the Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation and the RI Commercial Fishermen’s Assocition. He also participates in collaborative research projects with Brown University. He has been invited to speak on several panels about the effects of climate change on fisheries. Rodman spoke at a private Eating with the Ecosystem dinner for the Brown Club at Hourglass Brasserie in April 2013.

Sharon Benjamin   Sharon has been fascinated by marine life since as long as she can remember, and is motivated by her love of the outdoors and the coastal landscape to work for a better relationship with our environment. She works as Spatial Data Analyst at NOAA Fisheries Social Sciences Branch in Woods Hole, MA, and has a master's degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. She tries to take advantage of living in beautiful Cape Cod by kayaking, birding, and occasionally fishing for bluefish.

Sharon Benjamin

Sharon has been fascinated by marine life since as long as she can remember, and is motivated by her love of the outdoors and the coastal landscape to work for a better relationship with our environment. She works as Spatial Data Analyst at NOAA Fisheries Social Sciences Branch in Woods Hole, MA, and has a master's degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. She tries to take advantage of living in beautiful Cape Cod by kayaking, birding, and occasionally fishing for bluefish.

Maria Vasta   Maria has loved the ocean for as long as she can remember, taking advantage of every opportunity to be in or around the water. Driven by a desire to help sustain New England’s vibrant coastal communities, Maria completed a B.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She currently works as a Social Scientist contracted with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. Her work there focuses on the commercial groundfish fishery, and she spends much of her time analyzing the impacts that fishing regulations have on fishermen, their families, and their communities.

Maria Vasta

Maria has loved the ocean for as long as she can remember, taking advantage of every opportunity to be in or around the water. Driven by a desire to help sustain New England’s vibrant coastal communities, Maria completed a B.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She currently works as a Social Scientist contracted with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. Her work there focuses on the commercial groundfish fishery, and she spends much of her time analyzing the impacts that fishing regulations have on fishermen, their families, and their communities.


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Eating with the Ecosystem's Advisory NETwork consists of fishermen, chefs, supply chain businesses, scientists, and other issue experts who share our our vision and offer guidance towards creating a New England seafood system that supports regional ecosystems and the people who depend on them. 

Fishermen

  • AARON GEWIRTZ - F/V Nancy Beth, Point Judith, RI

  • AL EAGLES - F/V Katherine Ann, Newport, RI

  • CHRIS MORRIS - Hoxsie Fish Trap, Point Judith, RI

  • DAWN MCALISTER - End O'Main Lobster, Wickford, RI

  • DOUG FEENEY - F/V Noah, Chatham, MA

  • KATIE EAGAN- Bristol, RI

  • MIKE MARCHETTI - F/V Mister G, F/V Captain Robert, Point Judith, RI

  • PJ RUSSO - F/V Steel Pulse, Bristol, RI

  • SARAH SCHUMANN - Warren, RI

 

Seafood Supply Chain Businesses

  • JARED AUERBACH- Red's Best, Boston, MA

  • MARK PIRRI- Tony's Seafood, Warren, RI

  • STU METZLER- Fearless Fish Market, Providence RI

  • TOM LAFAZIA- Narragansett Bay Lobsters, Narragansett, RI

  • VALERIE ROSENBERG- Red's Best, Boston, MA

Scientists and Researchers

  • GAVIN FAY- School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

  • HIRO UCHIDA- Dept. of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island

  • JEREMY COLLIE- Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

  • JOE ZOTTOLI- Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

  • JOHN MANDERSON- NOAA/NEFSC Oceans & Climate & Cooperative Research Programs

Chefs

  • ANDREW MCQUESTEN- North, Providence, RI

  • ANDY TEIXEIRA- Brix Restaurant, Newport Vineyards, Newport, RI

  • ASHLEY VANASSE- Easy Entertaining Inc., Providence, RI

  • CHRIS JONES- The Mooring, Newport, RI

  • CRAIG HUTCHINSON- Olmo, New Haven CT

  • DAVE SNOW- Stoneacre Brasserie, Newport, RI

  • DEREK WAGNER- Nick's on Broadway, Providence, RI

  • GILL STANSFIELD- Johnson & Wales University, Providence RI

  • GREG COCCIO- Avvio Ristorante, Cranston RI

  • HENRY BOUSQUET- Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford MA

  • JASON HEGEDUS- Dune Brother's Seafood, Providence, RI

  • JASON TIMOTHY- Troop and Laughing Gorilla Catering, Providence, RI

  • JON CAMBRA- Roger Williams Univeristy, Bristol RI

  • JOSHUA RIAZI- Ripe Hospitality and the Genesis Center, Providence, RI

  • LISA LOFBERG- Little Moss Restaurant, Dartmouth, MA

  • KRISTOFER HARDING- Harding Catering, Amesbury, MA

  • KYLE HENDERSON- Oberlin, Providence RI

  • MATT TORTORA- What's Good, Providence RI

  • MAX PETERSON- Hemenway's Restaurant, Providence, RI

  • MIKE MELLO- M & C Cafe, New Bedford, MA

  • NICK GILLESPIE- Dune Brother's Seafood, Providence, RI

  • NOAH METNICK- Waterman Grille, Providence RI

  • RICH SILVIA- White Horse Tavern, Newport, RI

  • RIZWAN AHMED- Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

  • SAMANTHA KUNDRAT- North, Providence, RI & Blackfish Cape Cod, Wellfleet, MA