Cowan - Executive Director and Senior
Scientist Diane founded The Lobster Conservancy in 1996 with her vision
of building a bridge to join all of those sharing the common goal of maintaining
a strong and healthy lobster resource. She stands out as a research
scientist and educator in the academic, government and non-profit sectors.
Diane earned her Ph.D. from the Boston University Marine Program as a Presidential
University Graduate Fellow in 1992. She taught as Assistant Professor at Bates
College from 1992-1994. Diane served the State of Maine's Department of Marine
Resources as chief lobster biologist and leader of the Division of Biological
Monitoring for the lobster, shrimp, herring and urchin fisheries during 1998-1999.
In 1999-2000, Diane continued her studies as a Marine Policy Fellow at the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and in 2005 as a Senior Research Fellow.
Diane continues her research as Senior Scientist at The Lobster Conservancy.
Diane is the Principal Investigator for the Lobster Sonar Tracking Project and Juvenile
Lobster Monitoring Program.
Jane Roundy - JLMP Volunteer Coordinator. Jane graduated from Bowdoin College
in 1976 with a B.A. in Economics and Classics, and spent the next 21 years
employed by KeyBank in the Commercial Banking division. She was responsible
for the Commercial Banking Sales Team for Maine in 1997 when she decided to
jump off the corporate ladder and relocate to Owls Head. Volunteering for
community and civic organizations has always been an active part of her life.
Jane participated in the Penobscot Bay Stewards program in 1998 where she
was introduced to TLC. Jane and a fellow Pen Bay steward started as JLMP volunteers
in 1998 at a site in Port Clyde. Jane became more actively involved with TLC
in 2002 as the JLMP Volunteer Coordinator, and formally joined the staff of
TLC in January 2003 in that capacity. Jane also volunteers with the University
of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and Literacy Volunteers
of Mid-Coast Maine.
Dan O'Grady - Research Scientist. Dan first studied lobsters as a
graduate student at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. He received
a Masters degree in Zoology and conducted research in Dr. Win Watson’s
Lab. His thesis research dealt with the effect that a reduction in salinity
has on the physiology and locomotory behavior of lobsters. In order to conduct
his research, Dan built devices to measure lobster locomotion in the lab,
including a circular "race track" made of trap mesh and PVC, and
a "lobster treadmill" made of PVC and Plexiglas. He also assisted
in Dr. Watson’s projects, including a study of lobster behavior around
a trap that used a time-lapse video system mounted on a trap. Dan first
came to TLC as an “Island Fellow” from the Island Institute
in Rockland. He lived in Friendship and worked on a number of different
projects with The Lobster Conservancy as part of his Fellowship. After TLC
Dan moved to New Hampshire and taught high school biology for three years,
and now has returned to TLC to work on intertidal sampling, data analysis
and paper writing. He and his wife Lindsay plan to settle in Portland. Resume. Resume.
Sarah Lash Research Assistant. Sarah graduated from Gordon
College in 2005 with a B.S. in biology. She is a Friendship native and the
daughter of a lobster
fisherman. She enjoys horseback riding and kayaking.
Ellis - Executive Director Sara
Ellis has studied marine biology since 1981, concentrating on
behavior of a wide variety of marine organisms including
lobsters, octopus, seals, and whales. She received a Doctorate in
biology from Dalhousie University in 1998 and a Masters in marine
biology from Boston University in 1987, and has served as an
Associate Professor at the University of Maine, Orono. She was
the recipient of multiple undergraduate and postgraduate research
awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada. Dr. Ellis joined The Lobster Conservancy in January
1999 as Executive Director. In addition to running the day-to-day
operations of TLC, Sara managed the volunteer-based Juvenile
Lobster Monitoring Program. She had 5 years prior experience
managing non-profit scientific research as Project Director for
Associated Scientists at Woods Hole. Sara also has professional
writing and editorial experience as Editorial Assistant of
Oceanus magazine, published by the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution. Sara is presently the Coordinator, Gulf of Maine
Mapping Initiative, a partnership of governmental and
non-governmental organizations in the US and Canada whose goal is
to map the entire Gulf of Maine basin.
S. Archambault - Research and Education Coordinator. Linda
attended Bates College, graduating in 1982 with a B.S. in Biology.
Linda earned her Masters degree in Marine Biology from the Boston
University Marine Program in 1986. Her graduate research focused on
feeding behavior, chemoreception and related neurophysiology of
lobsters. Linda volunteered at TLCs Lobster Life Studies Center in
2001 and was hired as Research and Education Coordinator in 2002.
Linda led our SCUBA-based research and was our dive-safety officer.
She also taught and coordinated LCs educational projects including
Lobster Larvae in the Classroom and the Lobster Literacy
Curriculum project. Linda is now teaching science at Lincoln
Mountcastle – Island Institute Fellow.Andrew grew up in Orono, Maine and has spent as much time as possible
on the Maine coast. Prior to attending college, he worked as a
research assistant for Dr. Thomas J. Koob at the Mount Desert Island
Biological Laboratory in the fall of 1996. His research involved
investigating the tensile properties of sea cucumber (Cucumaria
frondosa) dermis for possible applications in pediatric orthopedic
surgery. The following spring he worked as crew aboard Schooner
Appledore in Key West, Florida, before sailing the vessel up the East
coast to her summer port in Camden, Maine. In 1997 Andrew began
attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, spending another
summer working as crew aboard Schooner American Eagle in Rockland. In
the summer of 2000 he was awarded a Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship, a program of the National Science
Foundation. He worked under Marc O. ammers
and Dr. Whitlow W. LL. Au at the University of Hawaii, studying the
distribution and behavior of Hawaiian spinner dolphins (Stenella
longirostris) along the south shore of Oahu. Andrew went on to earn a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Environmental Studies in 2001
from Bowdoin College. Following graduation he was awarded a one-year
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, for which he studied The Cultural
Response to Whale and Dolphin Strandings in seven countries. Andrew
joined The Lobster Conservancy as an Island Institute Fellow in the
fall of 2003 and worked on a number of projects, including the
Juvenile Lobster Monitoring Program and Sonar Tracking Project.
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