Fondly referred to as “The Scallop Queen” by her students at Roger Williams University, Karin A. Tammi manages the Shellfish Hatchery and supervises research in Bristol, Rhode Island. The work she completed on the restoration of bay scallops at the University of Rhode Island proved instrumental in the formation of the Bay Scallop Restoration Project in Massachusetts. This pioneering research team was the first in New England to use innovative aquaculture techniques to restore scallop populations. As an expert in the field of marine biology, Tammi has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, and in People magazine.
Tammi has worked within the field of marine biology in locations ranging from the Gulf of Alaska to the ponds of New England. She is vice president of the Northeast Chapter of the Womens Fisheries Network and has served as the shellfish restoration coordinator for the state of Rhode Island.
A graduate of Southeastern Massachusetts University with dual bachelor degrees in biology and marine biology, Tammi completed her masters degree in fishery, animal, and veterinary science at the University of Rhode Island, studying aquatic pathology and aquaculture with a concentration in shellfish biology.
Tammi and her mother, Elaine, have taught cooking classes together and coauthored articles about preparing scallops in Food Arts and Coastal Living magazines. Apart from fishing, boating, and cooking, she enjoys swimming, bicycling, and beekeeping. She considers herself a foodie and a scallop aficionado. Tammi resides in Little Compton, Rhode Island.