Rene is the Coordinator of the Aquaculture Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (AQPMN). The aquaculture branch of PMN enhances the Nation’s ability to respond to the growing threat posed by HABs at aquaculture sites by creating working relationships between the aquaculture industry and marine biotoxin researchers.
Rene is a biogeochemist with research experience working on nature-based approaches to improve wastewater management and groundwater-surface water interactions in coastal systems. She completed a NOAA CESSRST master’s fellowship at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) before becoming an Environmental Scientist with NCCOS’s HAB Monitoring and Reference Branch at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC. Rene has a BS in Chemistry from York College - CUNY and is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at The Graduate Center - CUNY.