Julia leads programs and projects that forward science and collaboration in the Narragansett Bay region through Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques and interdisciplinary local- and watershed-scale efforts. She leads the NBEP’s successful GIS program and employs GIS methods to illuminate issues that are driven by geography. Her work applies spatial data, maps, and new technologies to foster visual interpretation of social and environmental conditions and trends, support innovative management efforts, and improve science communication. She is committed to advancing the health and resilience of Narragansett Bay via meaningful engagement, inclusion, and equity.

A Massachusetts native, Julia received a Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and elected to put down roots in the Ocean State. She has since worked in social science research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Atlantic Ecology Division and part-time at NBEP before returning full-time to NEIWPCC in July 2019. Previously, she worked internationally for five years aboard Sea Education Association’s research vessels conducting oceanographic and marine coastal research. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from Carleton College and a USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s License. A ceramic artist and recovering mariner, Julia delights in the intersections of science, nature, art, and people.

Email: julia.twichell@nbep.org
Phone: 401-633-0551