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Derrick Alcott (UMES, P.S.M.) 
Quantitative Fisheries 
Bio: 
Derrick received his B.S degree from Monmouth University in 2012 in Marine and Environmental Biology. While at Monmouth he had the opportunity to work on statistical modeling for growth rates of larval goosefish, which sparked his interests in statistics in fisheries science.

Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science 
Bio: 
Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. She’s currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is specializing in Ecology as part of the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science program. Her research focuses on black sea bass dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay. Under the advisement of Dr. Brad Stevens and Dr. Howard Townsend, she is working on a habitat suitability model to investigate if the historical decline in black sea bass landings is associated with a decrease in available habitat. The ultimate goal of their work is to develop an Estuarine Habitat Affinity Index that can be incorporated into a stock assessment model to explain some variability in black sea bass juvenile recruitment.
Jessica AndradeJessica Andrade (OSU, M.S.)
Fisheries Science

Bio:  Jessica graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a B.A. in marine science and an emphasis in biology.  At USD she gained research experience as a Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar examining California killifish growth using otoliths.  Currently, Jessica is a first year Master's student and she and her advisors are developing a research project that aims to determine how ocean acidification affects northern rock sole behavior.
Jaime BelangerJaime Belanger (UMES, P.S.M.)
Quantitative Fisheries 
Bio:  Jaime Belanger received her B.S. in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire.  Jaime has worked in both fisheries science and education in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  A committed environmental steward and marine scientist, she is currently working as the Education Program manager at the Sassafras Environmental Education Center while she pursues a Quantitative Fisheries degree through the PSM program at UMES.
Tedra2Tedra Booker (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Tedra received her B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in mathematics from Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pennsylvania. After graduation she attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and obtained her M.S. in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science with an area of specialization in Environmental Chemistry. Currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program here at UMES, Tedra’s research focuses on how exposure to environmental estrogens during critical life stages affects the prevalence of intersex characteristics in striped bass and yellow perch in Chesapeake Bay. In addition, she is examining the possible role of land use in this pattern. Tedra is advised by Dr. Eric May.
S CaballeroSmit Vasquez Caballero (OSU, Ph.D.)
Applied Economics
Bio: 
Smit Vasquez Caballero studied economics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Rural Sociology at the Institute for Sociological Research in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has a B.S. degree in Economics from Southern Oregon University and a M.S. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. Currently, Smit is a Ph.D. student in Applied Economics at Oregon State University. His research is in resource and development economics with a special focus on common property natural resource management and governance. Currently he is working on a bio economic analysis of Pacific salmon stocks and expects to graduate in June 2015. Smit and his wife, Marie Uhtoff,have three children: Lena, Luis and Leo.
Wilmelie Cruz-Marrero (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science 
Bio: 
Wilmelie Cruz is currently a graduate student in the UMES MEES program. She is advised by Dr. Bradley Stevens. Her research focus is offshore wind sites, doing a benthic habitat assessment of the Maryland coast using video technology. She completed her bachelor’s degree from University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus. As an undergraduate Wilmelie was part of a fellowship with SCDNR working with effects of an invasive species in Charleston, SC. She is interested in fisheries management, invasive species and effects of humans in coastal ecosystems.

 Dan BSBDan Cullen (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Dan completed his MS degree from UMES in 2010. His thesis research examined the effects of temperature change on the distribution and behavior in monkfish in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. He is continuing his graduate studies at UMES under Dr. Brad Stevens, focusing his research on the population dynamics of black sea bass in the mid-Atlantic utilizing video technology. In his current research, Dan is collaborating with Gary Shepherd from the Population Dynamics Branch at the NOAA Woods Hole lab and Dr. Vince Guida (NOAA J.J. Howard Marine Science Lab) serves on his committee.
ChanteChante Davis (OSU, Ph.D.)
Fisheries Science
Bio: 
Chante is originally from California, where she completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at CSU Monterey Bay and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her previous research involved understanding the life history of elasmobranchs and focused on reproduction, age and growth of a deep-sea skate. She is currently adding genetic tools to her research repertoire. She is interested in the ecology, genetic diversity and evolution of life history traits and how these factors shape population structure and growth. She is analyzing the functional genetic diversity of Chinook salmon in the Pacific Northwest and will describe how landscape features influence the spatial and temporal distribution of populations..
DavisJeanette Davis (UMCES-IMET, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Jeanette Davis received her B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science in 2008 from Hampton University. She is currently a Ph. D student at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology studying Marine Molecular Microbial Ecology in the laboratory of Dr. Russell Hill. Jeanette is studying the bacterial symbionts of a Hawaiian mollusk, Elysia rufescens and its algal diet Bryopsis sp. to characterize and understand the ecological role of the symbionts. Bacterial processes are responsible for the majority of nutrient flux in the marine ecosystems and understanding bacterial symbiosis is critical to achieve sustainability of marine invertebrates.
HillaryHillary Dean (DSU, M.S.)
Bio: 
Hillary Dean is a graduate student at Delaware State University. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Toledo, where she participated in the NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring program under the guidance of Dr. Carol Stepien, Director of the Lake Erie Research Center at the University of Toledo.

LaTreeseLaTreese Denson (OSU, M.S.)
Fisheries Science
Bio:
LaTreese Denson is originally from Queens, New York.SItuated between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay, this is where she discovered her interest in marine science. She received her B.S. from North Carolina State University in Biological Oceanography in 2010. When LaTreese was not studying, she was on the NC State Drumline and playing Intermural basketball. During her undergraduate education, she was also a NOAA Hollings Scholar,during which time shehad her first opportunity to conduct and present research.Participating in the NOAA Population Dynamics Workshop and a Marine Science Fellowship at the Duke Marine Laboratory encouraged her to pursue a M.S. Degree in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Miller. Her primary research interests are the dynamics and modeling of aquatic ecosystems. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. and become a professor.
Rehab3Rehab El Fadul (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Rehab graduated from Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST) with a B.S. in Chemistry and received her M.S. degree in Chemistry from UMES before joining LMRCSC in 2009. Co-advised by Dr. Ali Ishaque and Dr. Joseph Okoh, her research focuses on the analysis of Contaminants of Emerging Concerns (CECs) in the Maryland Coastal Bays (MCBs). Specifically, she is using vitellogenin (vtg) as a biomarker for contaminant exposure in summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) and spot (Leiostomus xanthurus). She expects to graduate in May of 2013.
EricEEric Evans (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Eric joined LMRCSC in August, 2009 after completing his Masters degree in Environmental Science from Jackson State University in May. His Masters research examined the effects of hurricane Katrina on the biodiversity of Grand Bay Estuarine Research Reserve using GIS and remote sensing. He has also conducted research on the nutritional status and predation on sea urchins in California and on cyanobacteria in Kaneohe Bay, HI. Eric's current research focuses on the population ecology and dynamics of bay anchovy, an important forage species in the Maryland Coastal Bays.
Publications: Evans, E.D., Anjaneyulu, Y., and P. B. Tchounwou. (2012). Effects of Hurricane Katrina on land cover within the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi, USA. in K. Vitale (ed). Environmental and food safety and security for Southeast Europe and Ukraine. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security, Springer Science. 173-188.
GillespieKate Gillespie (UMCES-IMET, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Kate received her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, College Park through the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science program in 1994. She is currently studying the role of the six forms of the translational initiation factor eIF4E in the regulation of gene expression in zebrafish in the laboratory of Dr. Rosemary Jagus. Her work will increase our understanding of growth and development in fish.
HanifAmmar Hanif (UMCES IMET,Ph.D.)
Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science
Bio: 
Ammar has been associated with the LMRCSC since he was a B.S. student in Biology at Morgan State University. He interned for several years in the labs of Dr. Rose Jagus and Dr. Eric Schott at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute Center of Marine Biotechnology, now known as UMCES Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology so his transition to a graduate program at IMET following his graduation in 2008 was a natural one. He completed M.S. degree in fall 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Eric Schott. His research focused on the development and application of molecular techniques for the detection of two blue crab pathogens in the environment. Ammar is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. degree program working with Dr. Allen Place. He also holds an A.S. in Biotechnology in 2003 from Baltimore City Community College.
HawthorneNoelle Hawthorne (SSU, M.S.)
Marine Science
Bio: 
Noelle is working on an acoustic tagging project in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The first part of her research is identifying the environmental factors that impact acoustic signaling of the transmitters surgically implanted in fish. She is using arrays of stationary control tags and closely examining their detection patterns along with the changing environmental conditions in Gray's Reef. This information will be used to determine whether or not the movement patterns observed in tagged fish are a result of environmental interference or fish behavior. The second half of her research will be analyzing the fish movement patterns within Gray's Reef. Nicole is advised by Dr. Matthew Ogburn.
UMES Logo graduate studentsPaula Johnson (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio:
Paula has four Master’s degrees in engineering, and a broad background as an engineer, a  physical scientist, secondary school science teacher, and physical science college lecturer. Paula pursued a doctorate in Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida until 2006. She studied plant ecophysiology and pathology in drastically disturbed ecosystems. From 2006- 2008, Paula was an AmeriCorps volunteer through Salisbury State University, in which she was the science and math tutor to Latchkey children as well as the media center coordinator at the Salvation Army West Richard Hazel Youth Center. She joined LMRCSC in 2009 to complete a doctorate in Environmental Science. Her research, supervised by Dr. Ali Ishaque, involves physiological stress responses of macrophytes to heavy metal contamination.
Susan Kelly (UMES, P.S.M.) 
Quantitative Fisheries 
Bio: 
Susan entered the Professional Science Masters program, with a focus on Quantitative Fisheries, in 2012. In the course of teaching high school physics, environmental science and science research, she became engaged in marine population research while helping scientists develop educational activities for secondary students. Susan is interested in investigating the impact of climate regime shifts on fisheries, as well as efforts to identify and mitigate changes in abundance and distribution. With these interests in mind, she pursued a summer internship at NOAA Oxford Cooperative Laboratory. Susan is eager to apply her background in education and curriculum writing towards the development of activities that will help communicate contemporary issues in fisheries management. The research experience and scientific methodology incorporated in the Professional Science Masters program will support this effort and complement her Masters in Education from City University of New York and undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
 
D LazarreDominique Lazarre (RSMAS, Ph.D.)
Marine Biology and Fisheries
Bio: 
Dominique's childhood love for the ocean developed into a desire to help conserve marine resources and protect marine ecosystems. Dominique completed her undergraduate studies at Eckerd College, receiving her B.S. in both Marine Science and Environmental Studies in 2006. After graduation she spent two years coordinating the Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) program and is now working towards her PhD at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Dominique's research focus is on an invasive marine species, the Indo-Pacific lionfish, whose presence threatens the normal functionality of reef ecosystems in the Western Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. To investigate the spatial movements and connectivity between populations of invasive lionfish,she is coupling age and growth studies with biophysical modeling simulations. She is also conducting research to better understand the impact of lionfish on the spiny lobster trap fishery in the Middle Florida Keys. Dominique is advised by Dr. David Die and by Brice Semmens (NOAA NWFSC).
MarisaMarisa Litz (OSU, Ph.D.)
Fisheries Science
Bio: 
Marisa Litz studied anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and marine science at the University of Maine, Orono (UMaine) and the University of Hawaii, Hilo (UH) before enrolling in graduate school at Oregon State University (OSU). She has a B.A. degree in Anthropology from UBC, a B.S. in Marine Science from UMaine, and a M.S. in Fisheries Science from OSU. Currently, Marisa is a Ph.D. student in Fisheries Science at OSU under Dr. Jessica Miller. Her research is examining the effects of prey quality on juvenile salmon growth, condition, and swimming performance through field, laboratory, and modeling exercises. Currently she is measuring fatty acid and stable isotope uptake rates in juvenile Pacific salmon fed different formulated diets and expects to graduate in June 2015. In her spare time, Marisa loves surfing and spending time with her husband Greg and their two dogs Mac and Gilbert.
Stephanie Martinez-RiveraStephanie Martinez-Rivera (UMES, M.S.)
Marine, Estuarine Environmental Science

Bio:  Stephanie received her B.S. in Coastal Marine Biology in 2012 from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus.  She joined the LMRCSC in January 2014 under the advisement of Dr. Bradley Stevens.  Her research focuses on reproductive biology and histology of deep-sea red crabs (Chaceon quinquedens).  Stephanie's research interests are in fisheries management, ecology and population dynamics of crustaceans.
HectorHector Malagon (UMES, M.S.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Hector Malagon received his B.S. in Biology from University of Havana, Cuba in 2001. During his undergraduate studies he participated as a volunteer in the Guanahacabibes Sea Turtle Conservation project, under the supervision of Dr. Maria Elena Ibarra. After his graduation, he worked at Cuba’s National Institute of Meteorology for 5 years where he completed a M.S. in Meteorology, in 2003. His research area of specialization was Agricultural Meteorology. Currently enrolled in M.S. program in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science here at UMES, he is focused on the study of population ecology of Summer Flounder in Maryland Coastal Bays (MCBs), especially how biotic and abiotic factors influence recruitment, mortality and growth of the fish. His goal after graduation is to work for NOAA in modeling fish population behavior as a tool for the management of marine resources.

ShariMShari Mullen (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Shari graduated from St. Francis University in May, 2009 with a B.S. in Marine Biology. She has completed internships in bio-optics at Old Dominion University and in the ecology of freshwater mussels with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Her primary research interests are in ecology and quantitative fisheries. In June, 2010, Shari joined the NOAA Graduate Sciences Program stationed at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau. Her graduate research project under Dr. Paulinus Chigbu is focusing on the early life history, ecology, and physiology of age-0 arrowtooth flounder in the Gulf of Alaska. She expects to complete her degree by May 2014, after which she will continue conducting research with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Jamal Moss and Dr. Ed Farley (NOAA AFSC) serve as advisors of her research in Alaska.
Nivette Perez-PerezNivette Perez-Perez (DSU, M.S.)
Natural Resources
Bio:  Nivette received her B.S. in Coastal Marine Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao in 2012.  After graduation she worked for the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council collecting photographic information about parrotfish fisheries in the Caribbean.  Under the advice of Dr. Stacy Smith and Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, she is pursuing her M.S. in Natural Resources at DSU.  Her research interests include the effects of climate change, especially ocean acidification, on the development of fish and invertebrate larvae.
Jessica PorquezJessica Porquez (OSU, M.S.)
Fisheries Science
Bio:  Jessica is working on her Masters Degree under the guidance of Dr. Jessica Miller at OSU.
Matthew RamirezMatthew Ramirez (OSU, M.S.)
Fisheries Science 

Bio:  Matthew received his B.S. in Zoology from Auburn University in 2011.  After graduating he worked for both the Bald Head Island Conservancy in North Carolina and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida where he assisted in monitoring beaches for sea Turtles nesting activity.   Under the direction of Dr. Selina Heppell, Matthew is analyzing variation in sea turtle foraging, ecology, growth and various other life history  parameters, and is investigating potential effects on sea turtle population dynamics. This information may then be used to improve stock assessment models for sea turtles.
Larry Redd Jr.Larry Redd, Jr. (HU, M.S.)
Biology-Environmental Science

Bio: Larry Redd, Jr. received his B.S. in Biology from Norfolk State University in 2006.  He is currently a graduate student at Hampton University.  His current research is in the area of aquaculture in which he is studying the gastric evacuation of juvenile pompano.
JhamylliaRJhamyllia Rice (UMES, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Jhamyllia’s primary interests are in toxicology and pathology as well as distribution and some aspects of histology of marine mammals. Her research focuses on Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) accumulation in Gray Seals and the potential utility of scat as a means of determining exposure. Following graduation, Jhamyllia would like to continue her work on marine mammals as a researcher with NOAA and to eventually enter academia. Jhamyllia is co-advised by Dr. Eric May (UMES) and Dr. Gordon Waring (NOAA NEFSC).
RSantosRolando Santos (RSMAS, Ph.D)
Marine Biology and Fisheries
Bio: 
Rolando has concentrated most of his academic work and research efforts on the spatial and temporal dynamics of essential fish habitats and how the functional connectivity and resilience of these habitats are influenced by anthropogenic stressors.He received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science, and in Geography from the University of Puerto Rico (2004), and a dual M.S. degree in marine biology and coastal zone management from Nova Southeastern University (2010). Currently, as a member of the Benthic Ecology Lab,Rolando is concentrating his research on the functional linkage between marine habitats in a heterogeneous seascape, as well as the seascape effects on the distribution, diversity, and assemblages of estuarine and marine organisms. Rolando is co-advised by Dr. Diego Lirman (RSMAS) and Dr. Joseph Serafy (NOAA SEFSC). Publications:  Santos, R. O., Lirman, D., Serafy, J.E. (2011). "Quantifying freshwater-induced fragmentation of submerged aquatic vegetation communities using a multi-scale landscape ecology approach." Marine Ecology Progress Series 427: 233-246
Crystal SCrystal Smith (SSU, M.S.)
Marine Science
Bio: 
The upper millimeters of marine sediments contain microorganisms that secrete extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) into the surrounding environment.Crystal is conducting a field survey of EPS on Williamson Island, GA and Country Club Creek, GA and the effects of temperature and salinity on EPS. EPS are important to the marine environment because EPS serves as a source of energy for deposit feeders, aids in the motility of diatoms, and buffers cells against changes in pH, salinity, desiccation, and transfer of contaminants.
Andrea StonemanAndrea Stoneman (DSU, M.S.)
Natural Resources
Bio: 
Andrea is currently a graduate student in natural resources at Delaware State University. Advised by Dr. Stacy Smith, Andrea's thesis research is focused on ocean acidification and how it affects fish otolith growth and behavior. Andrea graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in water quality in 2009. Prior to pursing her masters, she worked for the Minnesota DNR as an animal survey specialist and for the US Geological Survey as a fisheries technician on Lake Erie. Her research interests include fisheries management and ecology.
Jan VJan Vicente (UMCES-IMET, Ph.D.)
Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
Bio: 
Jan Vicente is a new LMRCSC-supported Ph.D. student in the MEES Environmental Molecular Biology/Biotechnology track, working in Dr. Hill's lab at UMCES-IMET. Jan is working on "Analysis of the bacterial symbionts associated with two coexisting cryptic sponges Xestospongia dweerdtae and Plakortis sp.".He graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2007 from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Pedras andreceived a MS in Marine Science (minor in Marine Policy) from University of North Carolina in 2010.Jan has expertise in sponge systematics, identifying unknown compounds using mass spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy, H-NMR spectroscopy, and C13-NMR spectroscopy, as well as in molecular biological techniques including DNA sequencing and PCR. He is trained in underwater photography and is a certified AAUS scientific diver and a NAUI diving instructor. Jan is co-advised by Dr. Jose Rivera (NOAA NMFS Atlantic Branch).
WardTiffany Ward (SSU, M.S.)
 Marine Science
 Bio: Tiffany Ward joined the Master's program at Savannah State University after receiving her BS in Marine Science from SSU in 2011.She is currently assessing the vertical relief and rugosity of natural and restored oyster reefs in Georgia as well as factors affecting the distribution of intertidal and subtidal oysterreefs.
Justin Wilson (UMES, M.S.)
Fisheries Science
Bio: 
Justin graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Wilberforce University located in Wilberforce, Ohio in May 2012. He joined the LMRCSC in 2013, where he is now a M.S. student in the Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science program, studying fisheries science. At the University of Maryland Eastern Shore he currently studies in Dr. Brad Stevens' Lab and his research focuses on determining the age estimates of Deep-Sea Red Crab by growth ring analysis, as well as impacts of climate change on growth and age distribution.

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