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Billion Oyster People: Welcome to New Crew

By Susannah Black
September 1, 2015

We’re growing!  Get to know our new crew members– you’ll be hearing more from them in the coming months!

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Katie Mosher-Smith is the Billion Oyster Project’s new Restoration Manager. Katie met Murray Fisher in 2006 at the Gowanus Canal, where he easily convinced her that New Yorkers need more oysters in their waters than in their bellies. Katie has worked in the classroom and the field with teachers at Harbor School. She managed NY/NJ Baykeeper’s New York Oyster Gardening Program and most recently was the Field Project Manager for the Oyster Restoration Research Project. In that role, she collaborated with dozens of partners to permit, construct, and monitor five artificial oyster reefs in New York City. Katie is completing an MS in Environmental Studies and is thrilled to be returning to the oyster restoration community.

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Zoë Greenberg is excited to join the team this year as the Scientific Diver for the Billion Oyster Project. She has worked as a professional diver and scuba instructor for the past decade from NY to Hawaii. She is a native New Yorker with a BA from NYU and as a licensed captain has spent the last few years working on boats in New York harbor. Zoë will also serve as the co-teacher for the New York Harbor School’s Professional Diving program.

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Katina Boutis is excited to join the Billion Oyster Project as a Project Coordinator, after recently graduating with an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.  Having grown up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Katina has always had an appreciation and passion for our environment and a sense of civic mindedness and stewardship.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and served an AmeriCorps term of service before beginning her graduate program and holding various research assistantships at the Earth Institute and Columbia Water Center, where she worked on Education and Outreach for a National Science Foundation grant on America’s Water.

Katina sees education as an opportunity to bring together multiple disciplines to support the process of inquiry, and is interested in exploring ways to incorporate social issues, technology, and design thinking together to create exciting, authentic, and relevant learning experiences for educators and students.

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Madeline Wachtel, BOP’s Restaurant Relations Manager, graduated from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration with a focus on Independent Restaurant Operations. She recently returned from a three year stint in Sydney, Australia where she worked in restaurant management and marketing. Now back on U.S. soil, Madeline is excited to begin her Masters in Food Studies at NYU and work as member of the Billion Oyster Project team. She works with BOP’s valued Restaurant Partners to curate exceptional BOP-related experiences for diners.