Our Research Team

Our Research team telecommutes nationally and internationally to contribute to our evironmental educational publication OCEAN


 Jessica Hillman, Research Coordinator

Jessica Hillman, Research Coordinator

Jessica Hillman, Research Coordinator

Our Research Coordinator Jess, has recently graduated from McGill University, with a degree in Environmental Studies. Jess enjoys tracking our  research projects and has a comfortable level of communications with our researchers. 


 Samantha Thyissen, Associate Editor

Samantha Thyissen, Associate Editor

Samantha Thyissen, Associate Editor

Samantha is Associate Editor of OCEAN Environmental e-Newsletter, which often publishes some our research articles. Samantha has worked previously as our Research Coordinator.Samantha recently travelled through Costa Rica and Panama as part of the Outward Bound Leaderhip Training Program. She is currently studying Environmental Protection at MA Maritime Academy.


 Tessera Knowles-Thompson, Researcher

Tessera Knowles-Thompson, Researcher

Tessera Knowles-Thompson, Researcher

Tessera telecommuted while spending the summer in Iceland, combining her work at a country inn with climate change research which is published on our web site. She was tasked with seeking out old timer fishermen and farmers and documenting changes they were experiencing. Tessera then linked many of those changes in her article.


 Rae Taylor-Burns, Researcher

Rae Taylor-Burns, Researcher

Rae Taylor-Burns, Researcher

Rae recently graduated from Yale University, With a double Environmental Major.  Rae has been working on special, problematic research projects with us, attempting to describe  some of the innovative strategies we are developing by managing storm energy on coastal restoration projects. 

Read OCEAN Articles by Rae Taylor-Burns


 Brigid McKenna, Researcher

Brigid McKenna, Researcher

Brigid McKenna, Researcher

Brigid is one of our lead researchers, specializing in Ocean Ecology. Her background is working with North Atlantic Right Whales. Brigid completed her Masters Degree studying the social associations of North Atlantic Right Whales. Brigid has also received an Environmental Vision Grant from OCEAN newsletter, in support of her work.

Read OCEAN Articles By Brigid


 Natalia Von Hausen, Researcher

Natalia Von Hausen, Researcher

Natalia Von Hausen, Researcher

Natalia is a UMASS graduate with a background in Urban Design. Natalia has been researching economic innovations in mariculture, such as Sugar Kelp, which is marketed as a sea vegetable and which can be added to most foods. An experimental sea farm is growing Sugar Kelp on Martha's Vineyard.


 Eric, Researcher

Eric, Researcher

Eric, Researcher

Eric is another researcher who came to Safe Harbor as an Intern through our relationship with the North Atlantic Right Whale Program at PCCS.  Eric continues to telecommute, sending us regular research articles on topics we are tracking.


 Jamie Fitzgerald, Researcher

Jamie Fitzgerald, Researcher

Jamie Fitzgerald, Researcher

Jamie is our lead, Coastal Resiliency researcher.  Jamie has helped us develop conceptual strategies utilizing Ecosystem Services, defining the economic value of our coastal resources. Jamie telecommuting from Tulane University. 


 Emily Sugerlat, Researcher

Emily Sugerlat, Researcher

Emily Sugerlat, Researcher

Emily is a UMASS graduate and Naturalist for the Cape Cod whale watch fleet. Emily has been researching innovative, artificial fishing reefs on Cape Cod.