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Dr. Maurice K. Crawford

  • CrawfordAssociate Professor, Fish Ecology, Department of Natural Science
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

    Phone: (410) 651-8447 | Email: mkcrawford@umes.edu | Fax: (410) 651-7739

    Curriculum Vitae

    Graduate Program Campus DirectorEMST AOS Committee,  UMES (MEES), 2020-Present

    Research & Outreach Coordinator, Marine Management Area Science Program Conservation International, Arlington, VA, 2006-Present

    Science Coordinator, National Estuarine Research Reserves, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD. 2001-2005

    Fishery Biologist, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD, 1999-2001


    North Carolina State University, North Carolina (1996)
    Ph.D., Zoology
    Rutgers University (1984)
    M.S., Ecology
    University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1980)
    B.S., Biology


    1. Estuarine habitat conservation/restoration.
    2. The dispersal and movement of organisms.
    3. The interplay between science and policy.


    Books: Kendyl Crawley Crawford, Matthew Davis, Keya Jackson, Kristina Jiles, Aneese Williams, Paris Williams and Ryan Winder. Mentors: Dr. Maurice Crawford, Dr. Deidre Gibson and Dr. Kam Tang. 2010. Dream the Ocean Clean. http://sites.google.com/site/vimsdreams/Home/dreamthe-ocean-clean (last accessed 8/11/2013). 

    1. Meads, D. M1 . Crawford and K. Dockendorf 2011. Predicting Weights of Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in the Roanoke River, NC. J. NC Academy of Sciences 127(3): 216-218).
    2. Heidi Schuttenberg, Colleen Corrigan, Lizzie McLeod, Paul Marshall, Naneng Setiasih, David Obura, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Billy Causey, Mark Drew, Lara Hansen, Gabriel Grimsditch, Jordan West, Andrew Skeat, Mark Eakin, Laurence McCook, Maurice Crawford, Phil Kramer and Stuart Campbell (2007). Building resilience into coral reef management: key findings & recommendations. International Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management Symposium 3, Cozumel, Mexico 2006 http://www.itmems.org/itmems3/NEW%2001%20BUILDING%20RESILIENCE/05%20T1%20TH EMATIC%20REPORT/01%20T1BuildingResilence.pdf (last accessed 11/30/09)
    3. Wasson, K., D. Lohrer, M. Crawford and S. Rumrill. (2002). Non-native Species in our Nation’s Estuaries: a Framework for an Invasion Monitoring Program. National Estuarine Research Reserves Technical Report Series 2002:1.


    Dr. Maurice Crawford began his career as a Fish Ecologist studying the age and growth of fishes with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. Dr. Crawford holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He received his Master's degree in Ecology from Rutgers University where he studied the population genetics of weakfish. He also worked at the University of Georgia investigating factors regulating the organization of stream fish assemblages.

    Dr. Crawford received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University where he examined the effects of seagrass spatial heterogeneity on fishes. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As an AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow he worked with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) providing technical assistance on USAID's Climate Change Initiative. He currently is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His research interests include estuarine habitat conservation/restoration; the dispersal and movement of organisms; and the interplay between science and policy. 

  • NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
    (410) 651-7870
    Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
    Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)
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