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Connecticut Sea Grant

The Connecticut Sea Grant Extension office is located at the UConn Avery Point Campus in Groton. Our Sea Grant program offers Extension educational outreach related to healthy coastal ecosystems, environmental literacy, resilient communities, aquaculture and fisheries, and other areas. Learn more about the programs offered at https://seagrant.uconn.edu/

New London county office

University of Connecticut – Avery Point
Marine Science Building 1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, Connecticut 06340

seagrant@uconn.edu

860-405-9128

Faculty and Staff

Nancy Balcom

Nancy Balcom

Center Coordinator & Seafood Safety & Fisheries Senior Extension Educator - CT Sea Grant

nancy.balcom@uconn.edu or 860-405-9107

Nancy Balcom is a Senior Extension Educator for UConn Extension in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. She also serves as Associate Director and Extension Program Leader for the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, a NOAA-UConn partnership based at UConn-Avery Point in Groton. She has a M.A. in marine fisheries from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. Nancy’s extension programs include fisheries and seafood safety.

Juliana Barrett

Juliana Barrett

Coastal Habitats Extension Educator - CT Sea Grant

juliana.barrett@uconn.edu or (860) 405-9106

Juliana Barrett an Associate Extension Educator with the Connecticut Sea Grant program at the Avery Point campus and the CT NEMO Program. As an ecologist, her focus is the coastal habitats of Connecticut. She works with the towns and groups working on the conservation, restoration and enhancement of coastal areas. Juliana is developing programs to assist coastal community leaders with technical matters related to the impact of land use on coastal habitats, riparian buffers, habitat management and restoration of coastal habitats.

Juliana is the co-author of The Vegetation of Connecticut, a Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection publication. Previously, Juliana was the Geoffrey C. Hughes Tidelands Program Director with the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, and also did private consulting. Juliana has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a M.A. from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Biology.

Anoushka Concepcion

Anoushka Concepcion

Aquaculture Assistant Extension Educator - CT Sea Grant

anoushka.concepcion@uconn.edu or 860-405-9105

Anoushka P. Concepcion is an Assistant Extension Educator focusing on marine aquaculture with the Connecticut Sea Grant Program located at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point in Groton. Anoushka’s current objectives are to assist shellfish producers in exploring direct marketing opportunities, expand the commercialization of seaweed aquaculture in the state, and respond to stakeholder requests for assistance with business planning for aquaculture. Anoushka is a faculty member in UConn Extension, as well as a staff member of the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program.

Anoushka has earned a Master of Science degree in Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2005 where she focused on dietary requirements for finfish. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her past work experiences in academia and industry mainly concerned developing and maintaining algal cultures and assessing dietary choices for farmed fish and shrimp.

 

 

Tessa Getchis

Tessa Getchis

Aquaculture Senior Extension Educator - CT Sea Grant

tessa.getchis@uconn.edu or 860- 405-9104

Tessa L. Getchis is an aquaculture extension specialist with the Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension Program. Her focus is on shellfish husbandry, shellfisheries management and the aquaculture permitting process. She offers industry consultations and training workshops, conducts collaborative research projects with industry and is engaged in public outreach. Tessa is based at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus.