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    Find information on the faculty, staff and students of the NSF CREST-CISCEP Center. 

    Blessing Edje and Fred Ozeum

    Faculty

    Principal Investigator

    Paulinus Chigbu, Ph.D.
    Professor and Director, CREST Center

    Research Interests: Fisheries ecology, zooplankton ecology, influence of variations in climatic factors on water quality and biota, trophic dynamics in marine and freshwater environments.

    Phone: (410) 621-3034
    Email: pchigbu@umes.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    Co-Principal Investigators



    Ali Ishaque, Ph.D.
    Professor

    Research Interests: Identifying a single molecular biomarker that measures exposure, effect and susceptibility to carcinogens. Studying the effects of mixtures of chemical stressors (non-essential metals and stable xenobiotics) on ecosystems.

    Phone: (410) 651-6050
    Email:  abishaque@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae 

     

    Salina Parveen, Ph.D.
    Professor  

    Research interests: Food Safety, Food and Environmental Microbiology, and Water Quality.
    Dr. Parveen's research objectives are related to the improvement of safety and quality of seafood, poultry, meat and fresh produce; the application of genotypic and phenotypic methods for tracking sources of food- and water-borne pathogens in food processing plants and in aquatic environments; the development and application of rapid molecular and immunological methods for detection of water- and food-borne pathogens; the development of predictive models for the growth and survival of food-borne pathogens in seafood and poultry; and the investigation of antimicrobial resistance, pathogenicity and control of food- and water-borne pathogens.

    Phone: (410) 651-8339
    Email:  sparveen@umes.edu
    Curriculum Vitae 

     

    Margaret Sexton, Ph.D.
    Assistant Research Professor of Marine Biology, CREST Center

    Research Interests:  Inter-annual and intra-annual variability in the abundance of the sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrha in Chesapeake Bay and the environmental conditions that cause this variability.

    Phone: (410) 621-1049
    Email:  masexton@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae

     

    Meng Xia, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Oceanography

    Research Interests: Estuarine and coastal dynamics, specifically river plume and estuary dynamics, larval transport processes, TMDL modeling, watershed modeling, wave current dynamics and sediment transport processes.

    Phone: (410) 621-3551
    Email:  mxia@umes.edu

    Curriculum Vitae

    Senior Personnel and Collaborators

    Nianhong Chen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Application of biomarker techniques in coastal/marine biogeochemical cycle of organic matter derived from both terrestrial and aquatic origins. The goals of these studies are to understand source, fate and transport of organic matter derived from terrestrial and coastal marine origins.

    Phone: (410) 651-6027
    Email: nchen@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae

     

    J. Sook Chung, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, UMCES IMET

    Research Interests: Neuroendocrine regulation on crustacean physiology of molting, growth, reproduction, sex differentiation and stress responses.

    Phone: 410-234-8841
    Email: chung@umces.edu
    Curriculum vitae

     

    Shuiwang Duan, Ph.D.
    Post-Doctoral Associate
    University of Maryland College Park

    Research Interests: aquatic biogeochemistry and environmental chemistry, interactive effects of land use and climate changes on water resources, sustainable restoration of urban infrastructure, elucidating changes in carbon cycles and tracking pollution sources in rivers and coastal water.

    Phone: (301) 405-0334          
    Email:  sduan@umd.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

    Chunlei Fan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Morgan State University

    Research Interests: Aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in marine and estuarine environments with the focus on nutrients, eutrophication and Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB). Human impacts and eutrophication: monitoring the eutrophication process and HABs events on the watershed scale by using GIS/remote sensing.

    Email: chunlei.fan@morgan.edu
    Curriculum vitae

     

    Maurice Crawford, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, UMES

    Research Interests: Estuarine habitat conservation/restoration; the dispersal and movement of organisms; and the interplay between science and policy.

    Phone: 410-651-8447
    Email: mkcrawford@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae

     


    Ashok Deshpande, Ph.D.

    NOAA / National Marine Fisheries Service / Northeast Fisheries Science Center 
    James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sandy Hook, New Jersey

    Research Interests: The applications of principles of chemistry in  NOAA Fisheries research; Potential research areas include assessment of organic contaminants and mercury in the fisheries resources and habitats, microplastics, fisheries health, behavior, habitat fidelity, migration and aggregation patterns using chemical fingerprints, trophic transfers, feeding ecology using fatty acid signatures, toxicology, and functional genomics.  

    Email: ashok.deshpande@noaa.gov 
    Phone: 732-872-3043


    Patrica Ann Goslee, Ed.D.
    Assistant Professor, Education Lead 

    Research Interests: Molding future teachers across the various disciplines to connect content to hands-on experiences in order to enhance comprehension. 

    Phone: 410-651-6195
    Email: pagoslee@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae


     

    Kenneth Kunkel, Ph.D.
    Research Professor and Lead Scientist for Assessments Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

    Research Interests: Regional climate variability, extremes, change, and modeling.

    Email: ken.kunkel@noaa.gov 
    Phone: (828) 257-3137
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    Eric May, Ph.D.
    Professor

    Research Interests: The use of biochemical and metabolic indicators to determine the response of fish to injurious agents or conditions; establishment of clinical methods as a means of non-lethal testing of wild and cultured stocks. Development of programs related to determining the effect of environmental damage on resident aquatic organisms; application of fish health management approaches for use in aquaculture and wild stocks.

    Phone: (410) 651-8342
    Email: ebmay@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae

     

    Ejiroghene Mayor, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Research Interests: Biology, Ecology and Life history of macroinvertebrate and fish; Population dynamics of species, focusing on the influence of environmental factors. Feeding habits and trophic interactions between macroinvertebrate and fish in aquatic systems.

    Email: edmayor@umes.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

     

    Joseph Montoya, Ph.D.
    Professor, Georgia Tech

    Research Interests: Biological oceanography: the nitrogen cycle in pelagic ecosystems, isotope biogeochemistry, nitrogen fixation, denitrification, inorganic N uptake, N excretion, plankton physiology

    Phone: 404-385-0479
    Email: montoya@gatech.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

     

    Andrés G. Morales-Núñez, Ph.D. 
    Research Assistant Professor 

    Research Interests: Taxonomy, higher level systematics (Tanaidacea, Ostracoda, Caprellidae, and Polychaeta). Biodiversity, ecology, and distribution of benthic marine invertebrates. 

    Phone: 410-621-2996 
    Email: agmorales@umes.edu
    Curriculum Vitae

     

    Joseph Pitula, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Protistan biology, particularly of parasitic species; more specifically, the ecology of disease transmission, host-parasite interactions, protist metabolism, and protist gene expression

     Phone: (410) 651-6666
    Email: jspitula@umes.edu
    Curriculum vitae



    Staff

    Staff

    Paulinus Chigbu, Ph.D.
    Director NSF CREST-CISCEP
    Ph: (410) 621-3034
    Fax: (410) 651-7869
    pchigbu@umes.edu  

    Chris Daniels
    Research Vessel Captain and Field Technician
    cdaniels1@umes.edu

    Ligia DaSilva, Ph.D.
    CREST-CISCEP Program Coordinator 
    Ph: (410) 651-6013
    Fax: (410) 651-7869
    lvdasilva@umes.edu

    Anne Dudley
    Communication and Outreach Specialist
    Ph: (410)-651-6196
    acdudley@umes.edu

    Maggie Sexton, Ph.D.
    Ph: (410) 621-1049
    Fax: (410) 651-7869
    masexton@umes.edu

    Onjalé  Scott
    Ph: (410) 621-2270
    Fax: (410) 651-7869
    obscott@umes.edu

     

    Students

    Master's Students

    Detbra Rosales

    Detbra graduated from Binghamton University with her BS degree in Environmental Studies in 2010. She also attended Brooklyn College and received a M.A. degree in Biology in 2012, after which she enrolled at UMES. She works with Dr. Joseph Pitula on a project that is examining the effects of environmental factors on Hematodinium sp., a dinoflagellate parasite of Blue Crabs. 

     

     

    Alumni

    Doctoral Alumni

    Kristen Lycett, Ph.D.

     

     

     

     


    Ejiroghene Mayor, Ph.D.

    Research Associate
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
     

     

     

     



    Efeturi Oghenekaro, Ph.D.

    2016 Knauss Fellow 








    Ozeum "Fred" Oseji, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Master's Alumni

    Whitney Dyson
    M.S. University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Thomas Miller
    M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore

     

     

     



    Hector Malagon

    M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Environmental Protection Specialist
    U.S. EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

    Rebecca Peters
    M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore 

     

     





    Candace Rodgers

    M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Quality Assurance Supervisor, Private industry