Downeast Institute Staff

Research

Downeast Institute (DEI) is the eastern-most marine research laboratory and education center in the us.  The marine laboratory serves the research interests of scientists and entrepreneurs who are interested in learning about and understanding the relationships between marine organisms and their environment.

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Dr. Brian Beal

Director of Research

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Dr. Phil Yund

Senior Scientist

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Rob Holmberg

Postdoctoral Associate

Marine Research Hatchery

DEI is the state’s first — and only — public shellfish hatchery. DEI specializes in raising juvenile shellfish for fisheries stock enhancement and for research purposes. To do so, we also produce food for the shellfish through our stock microalgal (phytoplankton) culture system and mass algal growout system.

Kyle Pepperman

Kyle Pepperman

Manager, Center for Shellfish Production and Research

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Jeff Robinson

Facilities Manager

Ben Ellis

Bennett Ellis

Aquaculture Production Technician

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Breanna Salter

Production Assistant

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Jeff Balicki

Facility Assistant

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Kacey Crowley

Facility Assistant

Education

DEI’s Education Program has been providing experiential marine science and applied math education to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students since 2011. We assist students and their teachers in understanding the scientific process through project-based experiences in intertidal and rocky shoreline ecology. Our “Let’s Find Out” approach fuels students’ natural curiosity and demonstrates repeatable methods that can be used in any investigative setting.

Colleen Haskell

Colleen Haskell

Director of Education

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Lynn Alley

Education Program
Associate

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Hannah Greene

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Administration and Support

We look forward to continuing to work with community members and fishermen to help fisheries adapt to climate change, develop new business opportunities, and educating future and current generations about using the scientific method to evaluate and acquire information about the marine resources we depend on.

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Dianne Tilton

Executive Director

Sara Randall

Sara Randall

Associate Director

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Kylie Hinkley

Finance
Assistant

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