Commencement 2013: Wildlife research at URI helped Westerly resident narrow career goals

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Former Navy aerographer’s mate turns to wildlife genetics

KINGSTON, R.I. – May 2, 2013 – Westerly resident Amy Battocletti took an atypical route to the University of Rhode Island, serving first for seven years in the U.S. Navy as an aerographer’s mate, gathering weather data and forecasting atmospheric and oceanographic conditions for aviators, submariners and others.

But she always had in mind a desire to go to college to become a conservation biologist. That desire was reinforced when she earned a Letter of Commendation from a rear admiral for her work to mitigate the effects of Navy sonar on marine mammals during an exercise while stationed at 6th Fleet Command in Naples, Italy.