Lab Members

Sean McNally is pursuing a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA PhD in the Intercampus Marine Science Program, School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston. Sean holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode island. He was previously a Guest Investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Dr. Amy Apprill’s lab, a Microbial Observatory intern at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), and a Coral Reef Ecology Teaching Assistant at BIOS.

Sean’s main research interests focus on understanding coral reef systems at both a macro and micro level. He hopes to establish a strong communication network to help students and communities better understand the importance of where, why and how different stressors to reef systems matter. Specifically, looking at how irrigation planning, fertilizers, and storms impact the degree to which runoff impacts reefs; how occurrences such as warming and acidification and sea level rise are likely to interact with runoff; and how fishing affects corals. Contact: sean.mcnally001[at]


PIPA GawnePeter Gawne is pursuing a master’s degree in Marine Sciences.  Peter is a senior aquarist at the New England Aquarium, where he has been designing, building, and maintaining exhibits since 2002.  He has also been serving as an advisor to the New England Fishery Management Council since 2009.  Peter earned his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, where he double-majored in Biology and Classics. He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and a certified PADI Divemaster, and has been actively diving since 1990. At the Carilli Lab, Peter will be exploring the effects of environmental contaminants in reef systems.  Peter is originally from St. Albans, Vermont and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Contact: pgawne[at]


claytonClayton Bean is pursuing a BS Environmental Science degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He previously worked in the upstream oil/gas industry performing “frac” and well cementing services. Clayton’s academic interests are focused on marine science and ichthyology, which he hopes to incorporate into future academic endeavors.

As part of the Carilli lab and as an Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, his research centers on the analysis and reproducibility of metal ion uptake signals contained within coral skeletons and how these signals relate to coral health over time. Clayton is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, and as an Eagle Scout he has had a lifelong devotion to the outdoors. Contact: clayton.bean001[at]

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