Helmuth Lab


Sahana Simonetti

Sahana is a second year marine biology major at Northeastern University, most recently from CuraƧao. She is currently working with two undergraduates to create an interactive map that will allow middle and high school age students in China, Indonesia, the Caribbean and the U.S. to explore overfishing and its system-wide implications. The ultimate goal of the project is to awaken the moral imagination of young people and to empower them to create a new relationship with the ocean as they go on to become business, government and community leaders. She wants to use her understanding of climate change and ecology to help create a future in which communities and the ecosystems they depend upon are resilient in the face of sudden change. When not in the lab, Sahana enjoys photography, drawing, rock climbing and playing music.


David Stein

David is a third year at Northeastern University pursuing a combined major in Computer Science and Biology. His work at the Helmuth Lab chiefly concerns engaging younger generations with the beauty of the oceanic world and the challenges it faces. He is interested in the intersection of technology and life, and seeks to harness the power of computers to create ethical solutions to modern dilemnas.


Isabella Backman

Isabella is a Senior at St. Michael's College pursuing a Biology major. She spent Summer 2017 as an NSF-Sponsored Research Experience Undergraduate intern for the Helmuth lab. Her work at the Helmuth lab has mainly concerned to understand spatial physiology of intertidal organisms. This research is presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting for the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB).


Dianjenis Abreu

Dianjenis is a Senior at Lynn Classical High School. She spent Summer 2017 as an NSF-Sponsored Research intern for the Helmuth lab. She worked closely with Isabella looking into spatial physiology of intertidal organisms. Assisting Isabella with conducting the experiment, collecting the data and presenting the results. She is planning to attend college in Fall 2018 and is interested in a career in electrical engineering.


Richard Judge

Richard is a Senior and Three Seas Program student at Northeastern. He is interested in examining how climate change impacts important marine species and the application of marine science to public policy. His hobbies include: sailing, running, and skiing. This spring, he plans to conduct his senior capstone on robomussel grouping and the accuracy of their temperature data collection as it pertains to wild mussels.


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