Amie Parris (PhD student) – Dynamics of Freshwater Productivity



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Researchgate: ResearchGate Profile Page
ORCID:                0000-0002-9536-096



Research group(s)/Laboratories 
Supervisor: Tom Cameron: Staff Profile
Supervisor: Etienne Low Decarie: Low-Decarie lab
University of Essex Ecology Group Page: EcoEvoEnviro


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Academic/Professional Profile

I began my academic career at the University of Rhode Island (USA) earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a minor in Marine Affairs. My specialization included benthic macrofauna studies under the Coastal Ecology Laboratory within the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.
Undergraduate Thesis: Potential Impacts of Future Reductions in the Intensity of Phytoplankton Blooms on the Benthic Environment of Narragansett Bay

Following my undergraduate course, I began my professional career at the Rhode Island Department of Health (2007-2016), Division of Environmental Health where I spent the last nine years working to investigate and reduce bacterial contamination at coastal beaches. Within my years at the Department of Health, I also had the privilege to work on innovative issues and research including developing fish consumption advisories around mercury, cyanobacteria toxicity in recreational waters, and the effects of climate change on New England shellfish.

During this time, I went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies in 2015 at Green Mountain College (USA) with a concentration on toxicology and Environmental Management.
Graduate Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Variability of Cyanobacteria Toxicity in Rhode Island Urban Ponds

Furthering my academic and professional career interests, I look to continue the investigation into cyanobacteria, harmful algal blooms, the drivers and stressors these organisms face in a changing climate and linking this data to public health risks and environmental management techniques.


Eugenie Coakley, Amie L. Parris, Al Wyman, Gretchen Latowsky. April 2016. Assessment of Enterococcus Levels in Recreational Beach Sand along the Rhode Island Coast. Journal of Environmental Health, 78.8, 12-17


(2015) NEHA AEC Conference, Poster Presentation: ASTHOs EPHT Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program
(2014) Yale University, New Haven, CT.  Keynote Speaker: Climate Change and Health in Rhode Island
(2013) NEURISA Ted Talk: The SWIM Viewer: A Public Health Notification System
(2011, 2012) Watershed Counts Report to the Rhode Island Legislature
(2011) Rhode Island Land and Water Conservation Summit: Cyanobacteria in Recreational Waters


University of Essex | Graduate Laboratory Assistant | BS113 Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
Brown University | Guest Lecturer | PHP1700 Topics in Environmental Health  (2013, 2014, 2015)
University of New England | MPH Practicum Preceptor (2015)