Joel Caouette, Biologist/Shorebird Monitoring Coordinator
Biologist/Shorebird Monitoring Coordinator
Joel graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2008 with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology.
During the summer of his
junior year he
interned at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation
(NYSDEC) Marine Finfish Unit.
While at NYSDEC
worked with biologists on various projects pertaining to Tautog (Tautoga onitis) in the Long Island Sound, as well as Winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) and general trawl surveys in Great and Little Peconic Bays.
senior year at URI he
volunteered with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
(RIDEM) conducting counts and behavioral surveys of Atlantic brant (Branta bernicla) in eastern Narragansett Bay.
After graduation during the summer of '08, Joel
worked for RIDEM Office of Water Resources performing stream flow studies and collecting water samples to be tested by the RI Department of Health
n the fall of '08 Joel
was part of a field crew with the University of Utah
which trapped and tested small mammals for the Hanta Virus in the Little Sahara Desert in central Utah.
In the spring of '09 Joel joined the SCCF staff as a technician with the Snowy plover program; he returned in 2010 as the head technician, staying on after the nesting season ended.
time here he
monitored the Snowies throughout the season from March through July.
also conducted various other surveys both on Cayo Costa State Park and Sanibel pertaining to Snowy plovers such as activity budgets on adults and broods, habitat analysis, beach traffic surveys, invertebrate surveys, and nest site analysis.
In October 2010, Joel
was hired on as a biologist/shorebird monitoring coordinator.