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Dr. Paulinus Chigbu

  • Dr. P. Chigbu

    CENTER DIRECTOR

    Professor of Marine Environmental (Fisheries) Science
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

    Phone: (410) 621-3034 | Email: pchigbu@umes.edu | Fax: (410) 651-7739


     2018 PAESMEM Award | CREST | REU | Geosciences | Curriculum Vitae 


    United States Presidential Award - Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2018).

    University System of Maryland Board of Regents Excellence - Mentoring Faculty Award (2016)

    UMES Distinguished Service Award - Dedication toward advancing minorities in Marine Sciences (2016)

    Director, NOAA-LMRCSC, UMES. January 2006 - Present

    Director, NSF-CREST: Center for the Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics in the Mid-Atlantic Region. 2010 - Present.

    Director, Coastal Ecology Teaching and Research Center (CETRC), University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 


    EDUCATION

    University of Washington School of Fisheries, Seattle (1993)
    Ph.D., Fisheries
    University of Benin, Nigeria (1987)
    M.S. Zoology (Hydrobiology)
    University of Benin, Nigeria (1984)
    B.S. (First Class Honors)

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    1. Fisheries and zooplankton ecology,  particularly the influence of variations in climatic factors on water quality and biota
    2. Trophic dynamics in marine and freshwater environments

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    1. Chigbu, P., Malinis, L.*, Malagon, H.* and Doctor, S. (2019). Influence of temperature on the occurrence and distribution of sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa) in polyhaline lagoons in Maryland, USA. Journal of Crustacean Biology. In Press.
    2. Oghenekaro, E.U.* and Chigbu, P. (2019). Population dynamics and life history of marine Cladocera in the Maryland Coastal Bays. Journal of Coastal Research. In Press.
    3. Oseji, O.F.*, Fan, C., and Chigbu, P. (2019).  Composition and dynamics of phytoplankton in the Coastal Bays of Maryland revealed by microscopic counts and diagnostic pigments.  Water (In Press). http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w11020368
    4. Morales-Núñez, A.G.* and Chigbu, P. (2018). First record of the isopod Ianiropsis cf. serricaudis (Crustacea: Peracarida: Janiridae) in Maryland Coastal Bays, USA. ZooKeys 747: 115-139.
    5. Mayor, E.D.* and Chigbu, P. (2018). Mysid shrimp dynamics in relation to abiotic and biotic factors in the coastal lagoons of Maryland, Mid-West Atlantic. Marine Biology Research. DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2018.1472384.
    6. Oseji, O.F.*, Chigbu, P., Oghenekaro, E., Waguespack, Y., and Chen, N. (2018). Spatial and temporal patterns of phytoplankton composition and abundance in the Maryland Coastal Bays: the influence of freshwater discharge and anthropogenic activities. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 207: 119-131.
    7. Oghenekaro, E.U.*, Chigbu, P., Oseji, O.F., and Tang, K.W. (2018). Seasonal factors Influencing the abundance of copepods in the Maryland Coastal Bays. Estuaries and Coasts, 41(2): 495-506, DOI 10.1007/s12237-017-0285-3.
    8. Morales-Núñez A.G.* and Chigbu, P. (2017). Abundance, distribution and species composition of amphipods associated with macroalgae from shallow waters of the Maryland Coastal Bays (MCBs). Marine Biodiversity DOI 10.1007/s12526-017- 0779-z.
    9. Peters, R.* and Chigbu, P. (2017). Spatial and temporal patterns of abundance of juvenile black sea bass (Centropristis striata) in Maryland Coastal Bays. Fishery Bulletin 115: 504–516.
    10. Kang, X.*, Xia, M., Pitula, J.S. and Chigbu, P. (2017). Dynamics of water and salt exchange in Maryland Coastal Bays. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 189: 1-16.
    11. Mayor, E.*, Chigbu, P., Pierson, J., and Kennedy, V.S. (2017). Composition, abundance and life history of mysids (Crustacea: Mysidacea) in the coastal lagoons of Maryland, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 40: 224–234; DOI 10.1007/s12237-016-0131-z.
    12. Morales-Núñez A.G.* and Chigbu, P. (2016). Life history of Dulichiella appendiculata (Say, 1818) (Amphipoda, Senticaudata, Melitidae) in Maryland Coastal Bays, USA. Aquatic Biology 25: 75–82.
    13. Morales-Núñez A.G.* and Chigbu, P. (2016). A new species of Apolochus Hoover & Bousfield, 2001 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Amphilochidae) from the Maryland Coastal Bays (MCBs), USA. ZooKeys 571: 81-104.

    BIOSKETCH

    Dr. Paulinus Chigbu is University System of Maryland Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Marine Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). He has been Director of the NOAA LMRCSC since 2006. Since coming to UMES, he has established numerous programs for research and education in the marine sciences, which he also directs, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) CREST Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics in the Mid-Atlantic Region (CREST-CISCEP) and the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates site in Marine and Estuarine Science. He is also Project Director of the geoscience bridge program funded by NSF.

    Dr Chigbu's primary research interests are fisheries and zooplankton ecology, particularly the influence of variations in climatic factors on water quality and biota, and trophic dynamics in marine and freshwater environments.



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    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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