NOAA EPP LMRCSC Student Fellows

  • Cohort 1

    Graduate Fellows

    TyRaeFreemanTyRae Freeman,NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Graduate at DSU
    Master of Business Administration 

    TyRae's research focuses on evaluating seafood demand and understanding how it can drive an increase in aquaculture production. Freeman is from Jacksonville, Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Delaware State University. Currently, she is working on a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in CPA (Certified Public Accountant) prep. 

     

       
    Brian GalvezBrian Galvez, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Graduate at DSU
    Master of Science in Natural Resources, Fisheries
    Brian worked under Dr. Stacy Smith at Delaware State University where he studied feeding ecology of Atlantic weakfish in the Delaware Bay. He attended Humboldt State University for his undergrad where he received his degree in marine fisheries biology.  Brian is passionate about fisheries science, and plans to get involved in anything that he can with regards to fisheries.  

     

     

    ShadaeshaGreenShadaesha Green, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMCES-IMET
    Marine, Estuarine Environmental Science
     
    Shadaesha is currently a Ph.D. student in the MEES graduate program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (UMCES-IMET). Upon entrance into graduate school she received the two-year Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Program (LSAMP) Bridge-to-Doctorate Fellowship Award. Shadaesha is currently in her third year studying under the advisory of Dr. J. Sook Chung. Her research is focused on crustacean physiology and endocrinology using the red deep-sea crab, Chaceon quinquedens, as her species of interest. Specifically, her research will investigate the reproductive biology of females placing an emphasis on characterizing putative hormonal reproductive regulators. Her work also extends to studying the genetic structure of red deep-sea crab population along the coast of the United States. The ultimate goal of her research is to gain an understanding of the reproductive endocrinology of female red deep-sea crab throughout various life phases and to delineate the current genetic diversity populations of this species. Shadaesha is a graduate of Hampton University, where she received a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. 

     

     

    Emily GriffinEmily Griffin, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at SSU
    Marine Science 

    Emily Griffin graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with her B.S. degree in Natural Resources Biology. She is currently working toward her M.S. degree in Marine Sciences at Savannah State University under Dr. Tara Cox. Emily's current work is an evaluation of the southern boundary of the Northern Georgia/Southern South Carolina Estuarine System stock of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) using genetic analyses. This project combines genetics and long-term sighting data collected through photo-identification to examine stock structure.

     

     

    Ammar Hanif Web BioAmmar Hanif, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMCES-IMET
    Marine Estuarine Environmental Science
    Ammar is a doctoral student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program under Rose Jagus, Ph.D., at the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science - Institute of Marine and Environmental Science. His research focuses on using molecular techniques and bioinformatics as tools to study the marine environment and answer ecological questions. Currently he is looking into the diet and microbiome of menhaden and other marine invertebrates. His expertise includes extracting DNA from difficult samples, marine and estuarine ecology, handling large datasets, bioinformatics, and analyzing high-throughput sequencing results of microbial community using statistical methods. 

     



    Amanda LawrenceAmanda Lawrence, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMCES-IMET
    Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science 
    Amanda is a MEES student studying Molecular Environmental Biotechnology at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. She has transitioned into a full time doctoral student under the advisors Drs. Sook Chung and Rosemary Jagus. Amanda will be investigating the function of eIF4E family members in blue crab reproductive and molt cycles. Amanda was recently selected as the IMET 2017-2018 NIST Fellow which will provide one to two years of support. She received her dual B.S. in Biology and Environmental Marine Science at Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

     

     


    Stephanie-Martinez-RiveraStephanie Martinez-Rivera,NOAA EPP LMRCSC PhD Graduate from UMES

    Marine, Estuarine Environmental Science
    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 and received her doctoral degree in December of 2018. Her research focused 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.

     



    Cristin MayesCristin Mayes, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at Hampton University
    Applied Mathematics

    With a particular interest in fisheries and statistical modeling, Cristin is pursuing her M.S. in Applied Mathematics at Hampton University where she plans to develop a discrete-time predator-prey mathematical model involving sea surface temperature effects on piscivore and planktivore species.  Upon completion of her master's, Cristin hopes to continue research in marine science and mathematical relations either in industry or higher learning. Cristin Mayes obtained her B.S. in Mathematics from Hampton University December 2016.   

     




    Angie MungiaAngie Mungia, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at OSU 
    Fisheries Science
    Angie Munguia is currently working on her M.S. degree in Fisheries at Oregon State University. She is working with OSU's Jessica Miller, Ph.D. and NOAA scientist Laurie Weitkamp, Ph.D., on juvenile Chinook salmon use of the Columbia River estuary.  Her current research interests lie in estuarine ecology, food web dynamics, and salmonid habitat restoration. She received an undergraduate degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity from UC Davis.

     

     


    HalieOFarrellHalie O'Farrell, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at RSMAS
    Marine Biology and Fisheries

    Halie received a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami RSMAS in 2013. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Miami RSMAS under Dr. Elizabeth Babcock. Halie's current work aims to determine if the spatial structure of shark populations matters to fisheries sustainability and to evaluate the ability of available data to address this question. Her work includes exploring how different sexes and life stages are distributed, how this distribution affects which fishery each group comes into contact with, and how management can address the resulting variation in mortality. 

     

     

    Amanda PappasAmanda Kathryn Pappas, NOAA LMRCSC Master's Fellow at DSU
    Natural Resources

    Amanda Kathryn received a B.S. degree in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science from the University of New England in 2008.  With a focus on microalgae culturing, she gained industry experience at a commercial clam hatchery as an algae technician and has studied water quality, aquaponics, salmon population restoration, diatoms, oyster aquaculture, and harmful algae in research pursuits.  In 2018, she joined Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay's lab at Delaware State University to complete her master's degree in Natural Resources through a collaborative project with University of Delaware and UMES studying the ecology of the toxic dinoflagellate Dinophysis acuminata in the Delaware Inland Bays.  Amanda Kathryn's current research includes the use of molecular methods to determine the abundance of Dinophysis acuminata overwintering within sediments and the potential risk blooms of Dinophysis acuminata may pose to the developing oyster aquaculture industry of Rehoboth Bay, DE. 

    Amanda Kathryn would like to pursue a career in research as a grant writer and science communication author with specialized interests in Harmful Algae Blooms, Sustainable Aquaculture, Marine Ecology, Water Quality, and Marine Resource Conservation. 

     

     

    RosalesDetbra Rosales, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMES
    Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science

    Detbra graduated from Binghamton University with her B.S. 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 impacts of harmful dinoflagellates and Vibrio sp. in oyster aquaculture sites in the Delaware Inland Bays.   

     

     

    Hillary ThalmannHillary Thalmann, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at OSU
    Fisheries Science

    Hillary is currently a student pursing her master's degree in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University - Hatfield Marine Science Center.  She is studying thermal impacts on the growth and feeding ecology of Gulf of Alaska larval Pacific Cod under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Miller. She hopes to merge her interests in climate change, marine fisheries ecology, ecological modeling and teaching into a career as a fisheries scientist.

    Hillary graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University in June 2018 with a B.S. in Biology (marine emphasis) and a B.A. in English 

     

     


    Rebecca-WenkerRebecca Wenker, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at UMES
    Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science
    Rebecca graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology. Her senior thesis focused on a reassessment of management strategies for the Great Barrier Reef, taking a functional group approach. With her advisor Dr. Bradley Stevens, she is currently assessing the age, density, and extent of damage to essential habitat forming cold-water corals in the DelMarVa region of the Mid-Atlantic Bight from fished vs. unfished sites. This will help determine whether fishing has a negative impact, and uncover potential patterns and/or impacts over larger scales of time and space. 

     

    Undergraduate Fellows

     

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    Chryston Best-Otubu, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Marine Science
    Chryston Best-Otubu is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. This summer he participated in the 2017 REU program at UMES, working with mentor Dr. Ali Ishaque and graduate student Abdalhafiz Ahemedaltayb. His research focused on the process of bioaccumulation of heavy metals in seawater, sediments, and Crabs in the Maryland Coastal Bay areas. He plans on obtaining a bachelor's in Environmental Science (Marine Science concentration) and a master's degree in Marine Science while at UMES, followed by a Ph.D. degree.

     

     

     
    NakiaCoit-WebBioNakia Coit,
     NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Agriculture
    Nakia Coit is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. This summer she is participating in the REU program at UMES, working with Dr. Pitula and graduate student Kristin Noelle. Her project focuses on the protozoan parasite Perkinsus marinus and how it impacts oysters. In the future, her goal is to attend Tuskegee University to obtain a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. As a veterinarian, she will work with terrestrial and marine animals. She also plans to produce documentaries about the animals she works with and new discoveries. Nakia is from Baltimore, Maryland.

     

     

    Dante Freeman, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at SSU
    Marine Sciences
    Dante Freeman is an undergraduate student at Savannah State University (SSU) who is pursuing his bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences. While at SSU, Dante has participated in multiple summer internships, including the Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences program. Under the direction of Dr. Amanda Kaltenberg, this program afforded him the opportunity to study the temporal patterns of the prey community in a local creek using active acoustics.
    In addition to field research, Dante has also participated in a second internship as an LMRCSC fellow at James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory. There, he worked with Dr. Ashok Deshpande on a project to characterize the chemical components of marine plastic debris. As a result of these research experiences, Dante has presented both of these projects at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meetings in both 2017 and 2019.

     

     

    Ileana FenwickIleana Fenwick, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at HU
    Marine and Environmental Science
    Ileana Fenwick is an undergraduate Marine and Environmental Science student at Hampton University. Her past research was focused on black sea bass health under Dr. Brad Stevens at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. This semester she will continuing to do research as an LMRCSC Fellow at her home by the sea, Hampton University.

     



    Nylah-WebBioNylah McClainNOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Nylah McClain is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  She participated in the 2017 REU program at UMES, working with mentor Dr. Ali Ishaque and graduate student Chelsea Richardson. Her research involved analyzing the gut content, stable isotopes, and fatty acids of the summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. This information will be used in creating a dynamic food web of the Maryland Coastal Bays. Nylah's future endeavors include completing her Bachelor of Science degree and attending graduate school to complete her master's degree. Concerning her career path, Nylah aspires to work as an environmental scientist for NOAA or the Peace Corp.

     

     

    IsaiahMiltonIsaiah Milton, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at HU
    Marine and Environmental Science

    Isaiah Milton is currently an undergraduate student in the Marine and Environmental Science program at Hampton University. This summer he participated in the REU program at UMES, working with Dr. Parveen. His project focused on the Prevalence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus in blue crabs and seawater of the Maryland Coastal Bays. Isaiah's future goals include finishing his Bachelor of Science degree at Hampton University and attending graduate school to obtain his PhD. In the future Isaiah aspires to work as an environmental scientist focusing on sustainability. Isaiah is from Boston, Massachusetts.  

     

     

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    India Oliver, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Biology
    India Oliver is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She worked with Dr. Ligia DaSilva throughout the academic school year sorting different species of zooplankton and doing nutrient analysis.  She is participated in the summer 2017 REU program at Savannah State University, where she is worked with Dr. Chandra Franklin. Her REU research project focused on how seasonal changes affect the starch content in the rhizomes of Spartina alterniflora, a salt marsh plant. In the future, she plans to finish her Bachelor of Science degree at UMES, attend graduate school for a master's degree and someday work for NOAA as a research biologist. India is from Cleveland, Ohio.     

     

     

    Darius-Sanford-webDarius Sanford, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at SSU
    Marine Science

    Darius Sanford is an undergraduate student in the Marine Science Program at Savannah State University.  Darius is a research technician in the Benthic Lab at Savannah State University. As an LMRCSC scholar, he conducted a project to evaluate oyster reef elevation as a conservative measure in reef monitoring. He later presented his findings at the 2017 SSU Annual Research Conference and was awarded runner-up for best presentation in the marine science category. As an NSF Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences REU intern, Darius analyzed the proposed rule that allowed for the use of weighted marker buoys within Gray's Reef National Marine. He has also engaged in several outreach programs geared towards increasing marine and environmental science literacy.  These programs range from marsh tours with local public schools in Savannah to educating other at Savannah State University's booth on the Skidaway Institute's Annual Marine Science Day. After graduation, Darius plans to obtain a degree in environmental law. He is interested in marine policy, Oyster restoration projects, and marine outreach.

     



    MalisaSmithMalisa Smith,NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Biology
    Malisa Smith is an undergraduate student studying biology at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is currently working in Dr. Joseph Pitula's lab, where her goal is to compare the stomach microbial communities of Eastern oyster and Atlantic menhaden using molecular and bioinformatic tools. She is shadowing Ammar Hanif, a doctoral student in Dr. Rosemary Jagus' lab at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. She is interested in learning common molecular techniques used in studying microbial communities such as DNA extraction, PCR/q-PCR, gel electrophoresis and cloning.

     

     

    Nefertiti SmithNefertiti Smith, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at HU 
    Marine and Environmental Science
    Nefertiti Smith is an undergraduate student at Hampton University studying marine and environmental science. She is interested in the functions and structures in the ocean along with the environmental impacts humans have on the ocean. Her recent research experience includes understanding how morbillivirus have affected bottlenose dolphins over the past 25 years, as well as studying how different methods of assessing herbivory in coral reef ecosystems may affect results.  

     

    Cohort 2

    Graduate Fellows

    Laura-AlmodovarLaura Almodóvar-Acevedo, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMES
    Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
    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.

     

    LDensonLaTreese Denson, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at RSMA
    Marine Biology and Ecology
    A native from Queens, N.Y., LaTreese Denson received her bachelor's degree in Marine Science with a concentration in Biological Oceanography at North Carolina State University in 2010. In 2015, she completed her M.S. degree in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University. Currently, she is pursuing her  PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, under the tutelage of Dr. Elizabeth Babcock. LaTreese's dissertation work focuses on the effect of environmental variability on King Mackerel abundance indices and on the effectiveness of fisheries management.


    Davielle DraytonDavielle Drayton, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at SSU
    Marine Sciences
    Davielle Drayton is pursuing a master's degree in Marine Sciences from Savannah State University. Working under the advisement of Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown, Davielle's current studies involve evaluating microplastic consumption by oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in coastal Georgia, through the analyzation of oysters and sediment samples collected from both naturally occurring and restored reefs.

    Ms. Drayton holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Savannah State University. 

    Brittany KingBrittany King, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at OSU
    Fisheries Science
    Brittany King is a doctoral student at Oregon State University working in the human dimension of fisheries science lab. Brittany's primary research interests lie in diversity, equity and inclusion in marine and fisheries science. She is interested in exploring the barriers and opportunities for the inclusion and participation of African Americans, and communities of color. She earned a BS from Hampton University in Marine and Environmental Science in 2009 and a MESM in Environmental Science and Management, focusing on coastal marine resources management, from UC Santa Barbara in 2012. Brittany is from the SF Bay Area.

    Nicole KleponisNicole Kleponis, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at DSU
    Natural Resources
    Nicole Kleponis is a graduate student at Delaware State University. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Natural Resources where her thesis is focused on the winter habitat characteristics of the migratory red-throated loon in the Delaware Bay - one of the most important locations for this species.  

    A native of the California coast, Nicole spent much of her childhood camping in the wilderness which is where she fostered her passion for wildlife and grew an interest in protecting ecosystems. After completing her graduate studies, she plans to return to the west coast and continue to work with species of concern to preserve biodiversity and conserve wild areas.

    Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.  

    Enid-MunozRuizEnid C. Muñoz Ruiz, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at UMES
    Aquatic Toxicology

    Enid graduated with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2017. She is the newest addition to the Aquatic Toxicology program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Advised by Dr. Ahmed Elnabawi and Dr. Ali Ishaque, her research will encompass the consequences of microplastics in aquatic environments. Enid plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in this field and becoming an asset in Ecotoxicological Sciences. 

     

    AndrePrice-1André L. Price, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at UMES
    Marine, Estuarine Environmental Science

    André received his B.S. in Marine Environmental Science, with a GIS minor, from Elizabeth City State University in 2015. He joined the LMRCSC in 2016 under the advisement of Dr. Brad Stevens and will be researching feeding dynamics of black sea bass.

     


    Matthew RamirezMatthew Ramirez, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at OSU
    Fisheries Science
    Matthew Ramirez is a doctoral candidate in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University. Under the advisement of Dr. Selina Heppell, Matthew's research is focused on quantifying the influence of multiple environmental (diet, habitat use, density) and anthropogenic stressors (oil spills) on Kemp's ridley sea turtle somatic growth rates and population dynamics, using a combination of laboratory and quantitative techniques.                                                                     

    Matthew received his bachelor's degree in Zoology from Auburn University and a master's degree in Fisheries  Science from Oregon State University.


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    Jorge J. Rodriguez, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMES
    Marine Estuarine Environmental Science
    Jorge J. Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. Prior to entering the Doctor of Philosophy program, he successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Food and Agricultural Sciences in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Currently he is a Ph.D. student at UMES in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) program specializing in Environmental Molecular Biology/Biotechnology. His research focuses in host-pathogen interactions in the blue mussel. Under the advisement of Dr. Anthony K. Nyame and Dr. April Croxton he is investigating the potential role of glycans in host-pathogen interactions. The ultimate goal of their work is to establish molecular markers that can be used to assess the blue mussels susceptibility to infectivity by pathogens and how these markers may be affected by environmental stressors.


    Kasondra-RubacavaKasondra Rubalcava, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMES
    Marine Estuarine Environmental Science 

    Kasondra is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science Program at UMES and is advised by Dr. Paulinus Chigbu. She is interested in fisheries ecology and analyzing environmental parameters that affect various aspects of fish populations. She is an alumna of the REU in Marine and Estuarine Science at UMES, which she participated in during the summer of 2014. Kasondra received her bachelor's degree in marine biology with a minor in applied mathematics at Humboldt State University in Northern California in 2015.

    Schweitzer-CaraCara Schweitzer, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMES
    Marine Estuarine Environmental Science
    Cara received her B.S. in Biology at The University of Missouri - St. Louis. There she researched behavioral sexual selection in the live breeding fish, poecilia parae and the electrosensory pathway of the dorsal octavolateral nucleus (DON) within the paddlefish brain. Cara completed an M.S. in Biology at Washington University with an emphasis in circadian rhythms in mouse model. Currently, she has joined the MEES program at UMES. Her research aims to understand how habitat complexity and health influence fish abundance and recruitment within the Mid-Atlantic Bight by using sea whips as a health bio-indicator and black sea bass for abundance predictor. Cara is also investigating how the commercial trap fishing industry affects habitat integrity and juvenile abundance and survival. Her research is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Bradley Stevens.


    Adrianne-WilsonAdrianne Wilson, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at RSMAS

    Marine Biology and Ecology
    Adrianne Wilson received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Northwestern University in 2014. In 2017, she successfully completed her Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Florida Mechanical and Agricultural University. Here she studied the population dynamics of larval fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami. She joined LMRCSC in 2017 under the advisement of Dr. Elizabeth Babcock and will continue researching fisheries. In the future, she hopes to work at an organization focused on the conservation of marine organisms.  

     

    Undergraduate Fellows

    Alexandria AmbroseAlexandria Ambrose, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at SSU
    Marine Sciences
    Alexandria Ambrose is an undergraduate fellow pursing her bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences at Savannah State University. In addition to her studies, Alexandria also serves as an intern in the Coastal Oceanography Laboratory at Savannah State University, where she uses acoustics to study multiple estuarine organisms.
    Alexandria has participated in several REU programs, including the program at the University of North Florida where she studied under Dr. Vladimir Mashanov. Her project focused on the cell proliferation in the regenerating arms of a brittle sea star.
    After graduation, Alexandria plans to attend graduate school to obtain her master's degree before going back to pursue her PhD. Upon completing her academics, Alexandria wants to pursue a career studying how climate change is affecting different organisms across multiple ecosystems

    Joe Day

    Joe Day, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at Savannah State University
    Marine Sciences
    Joe Day Jr. is an undergraduate sophomore student at Savannah State University studying Marine Science. This upcoming summer, Joe plans to attend the Bridge to Research program in Marine Sciences, enhancing his knowledge on research in the field.
    Upon earning his bachelor's degree, Joe plans to pursue both his master's and doctoral degree where he intends to study coral reef community ecology, with a focus on coral zooxanthellae. After completing his academics, Joe hopes to begin his career at a NOAA facility.

     

    Kendra-DorseyKendra Dorsey, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at HU
    Marine and Environmental Science
    Kendra Dorsey is an undergraduate student pursing her bachelor's degree in Marine and Environmental Science at Hampton University.  Over the summer, she was able to work with Dr. Andrij Horodysky researching the effects of ocean acidification on the vision and hearing in marine fish. She plans to further her research throughout her academic years on various marine environments. After graduation, Kendra plans to receive a master's in environmental science and find ways tbo build a solar filtration system to help improve water quality throughout the world. Kendra aspires to work with NOAA to find ways to mitigate marine problems globally.

     

    JanelleLaytonJanelle Layton, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at HU
    Marine and Environmental Science
    Janelle Layton is a Marine and Environmental Science major from Hampton University. She works with Dr. Indu Sharma and is looking at the enrichment and isolation of symbiotic microorganisms from sea squirts capable of metabolizing iodine from sea water in the Chesapeake Bay. Currently, she is interested in the natural history of coastal invertebrates

     



    Desmond LoveDesmond Love, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Environmental Science 
    Desmond is an undergraduate student majoring in environmental science with a concentration in marine biology at UMES. He is advised by Dr. Ali Ishaque and is an alumnus of the Geosciences Bridge Program at UMES. 

     

     

    Sena TaySena Tay, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at SSU
    Marine Sciences
    Already having earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, Sena Tay is an undergraduate fellow pursuing her second B.S. degree in Marine Sciences at Savannah State University.  
    Currently, Sena is working in Dr. Tara Cox's lab where she is assessing the potential effect of POPs on the reproductive health of the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). In previous semesters, Sena has worked in Dr. Amanda Kaltenberg's lab examining the Gulf Stream's seasonal fluctuation in velocity.
    Upon graduation, Sena plans to pursue her master's and her doctoral degrees so she can better research her interests in environmental toxicology.

    Cohort 3

    Graduate Fellows

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    Wilmelie Cruz-Marrero, NOAA EPP LMRCSC  Doctoral Fellow at UMES 
    Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science

    Wilmelie Cruz-Marrero is currently a graduate student pursuing her doctorate degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Advised by Dr. Bradley Stevens, her research focus is offshore wind sites, doing a benthic habitat assessment of the Maryland coast using video technology. In 2015, Wilmelie was awarded with the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program to work with queen conch fisheries using video technology in the island of Puerto Rico for 3 years. While conducting her research, Wilmelie's findings were severely affected by hurricane Maria.  Due to these unexpected events in Puerto Rico, Wilmelie changed the direction of her research and instead used the focus of the hurricane to study the effects of the storm for queen conch population.  Her current focus is to understand the human dynamics of the queen conch fisheries.

     

    Ben FreyBenjamin Frey, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at UMCES-CBL
    Marine, Estuarine Environmental Science
    Benjamin Frey is currently a graduate student studying ecological systems and fisheries biology at the Chesapeake Biological Lab. Co-advised by Dr. Rose Jagus and Dr. David Secor, Benjamin's research focus is on monkfish age validation using hard part analysis of known-age cohorts. Ben's research seeks to support age-structured assessments and allow fisheries managers to make well informed assessments of stock status on which to build sound management practices.
    Benjamin has successfully completed two internships. In 2016, he participated in a summer internship at the University of Michigan and in 2018, completed an internship at IMET in Baltimore, Md.
    Ben graduated from Morgan State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

     

    Shanelle-HaughtonShanelle Haughton, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Fellow at UMES
    Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science
    Shanelle Haughton is a Ph.D. student in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences graduate program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She joined the LMRCSC in Fall 2018 under the advisement of Dr. Joseph Pitula. Shanelle's research interests include fisheries ecology, molecular biology and genetics; however, her current research focuses on gene expression patterns in adult Hematodinium.
    Shanelle graduated from the University of Saint Joseph in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

     

    Shaneese Mackey

    Shaneese Mackey, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at SSU
    Marine Sciences
    Shaneese Mackey is a graduate student pursing her master's degree in Marine Sciences at Savannah State University (SSU). Under the guidance of Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown, Shaneese's current thesis work involves applying Unmanned Aerial Systems to assess restored and natural oyster reefs of coastal Georgia saltwater marshes.
    Shaneese Mackey graduated from Savannah State University in December of 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences. 

     

    Keala Pelekai
    Keala Pelekai, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Master's Fellow at OSU

    Fisheries
    Keala Pelekai is pursuing her master's degree in Fisheries at Oregon State University. Under the mentorship of Jessica Miller, Ph.D., Keala is focusing her research on Pacific Lamprey natal origins and aging in the Columbia River basin. Her passion for fisheries lies in the research and conservation of sensitive species.
    Keala received an undergraduate degree in Fisheries Resources at the University of Idaho.

     

     

     


    Undergraduate Fellows

    Barry_TeemerTeemer Barry, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Environmental Science
    Teemer Barry is a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore studying Environmental Science with a focus on the marine sciences. During the summer of 2018, Teemer participated in the Geoscience Bridge program where he studied coastal activities and geographical information systems practices. Upon earning his bachelor's degree in environmental science, Teemer plans to pursue his master's degree in Maritime Geoscience.   

     

    Kathryn CruzKathryn L. Cruz, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at HU
    Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Kathryn Cruz is an undergraduate molecular and cellular biology student at Hampton University. Her research focuses on the use of molecular techniques and computational analysis to investigate the social structure of leopard seal populations in the Antarctic. She conducts her research under the advisement of Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen at Hampton University.

    Upon graduation, Kathryn plans to continue her education by joining a PhD program that nurtures her passion for molecular biology and ecology.  

     

    DaQuan DavisDaQuan Davis, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Environmental Science
    DaQuan Davis, of Prince Frederick, Md., is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In the summer of 2018, DaQuan participated in the university's summer 2018 Research Experience Undergraduate (REU) program, where he worked under the advisement Dr. Ligia DaSilva. His REU research project focused on how physical parameters affect the growth of heterotrophic bacteria in the Maryland Coastal Bays. Upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science, DaQuan plans to pursue his master's degree and subsequently start a career with NOAA as a research marine biologist. He hopes to dedicate his career to helping animals and ensuring the safety of the environment.

     

     

    Semaj Fielding

    Semaj FieldingNOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Environmental Science

    Semaj Fielding, of Charleston, South Carolina, is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is pursuing a bachelor's of science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science. Prior to attending UMES, she completed research with the Department of Natural Resources of South Carolina where she focused on Marcobenthic Biodiversity in Tidal Creek and Open Water Habitats of South Carolina from 1999-2016. Over the summer of 2018, Semaj was a Geoscience intern at UMES where she analyzed nutrients found in Chesapeake and the Maryland Coastal Bays. Upon earning her bachelor's degree, Semaj plans on attending law school to reach her ultimate goal of becoming an environmental lawyer.

     

    Erianna HammondErianna Hammond, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at SSU
    Marine Science
    A native of Chesapeake, Va., Erianna Hammond is an undergraduate student at Savannah State University. Under the advisement of Dr. Dione Hoskins-Brown and other mentors, Erianna's research plans include focusing on Marine Mammals from a medical and conservation perspective.
    In addition to her time spent focusing on her studies, Ms. Hammond is actively involved outside of the classroom. Currently, Erianna participates in Dolphin Photo ID and Data Entry. Under the supervision of Ms. Robin Perrtree, this program, which is managed at Savannah State University, allows for Erianna to conduct research on bottlenose dolphins near the inshore waters of Savannah, Ga. In the future, as a means of expanding her research portfolio, Erianna also plans to participate in an upcoming internship where she will aid in the rehabilitation of marine mammals located off the California Coast.
    Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Erianna's goal is to attend the University of Miami where she plans to pursue her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine or marine mammals. After completing her academic career, Erianna aspires to open a rehabilitation and rescue center. 

     

    Rhyan-Knight

    Rhyan Knight, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Environmental Science
    Rhyan Knight is pursuing her undergraduate degree at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In the summer of 2016 she participated in the university's Geoscience program where she enrolled in a six week course focused on ocean sciences. With future goals of completing her bachelor's degree and then attending graduate school, Rhyan aspires to pursue a career as a marine mammologist, where she can study the functions and structure of marine mammals in the ocean, as well as the effects of human activities on marine life.  

     


    Tyler WashingtonTyler Washington, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at UMES
    Biology

    Tyler Washington is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) majoring in Biology with an interest in Marine Biology. During the summer of 2018, Tyler completed a REU internship at UMES, where he conducted research using wooden membranes to filter water.

    Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, Tyler plans to go on to earn a master's degree in Marine Biology.

    Michael WilliamsMichael Williams, NOAA EPP LMRCSC Undergraduate Fellow at SSU
    Marine Science
    Michael Williams is an undergraduate student at Savannah State Univeristy pursuing his bachelor's degree in Marine Science. After graduation, Michael hopes to go to graduate school and earn his doctorate degree, after which, he desires to start his career with NOAA working in the field of Marine Science.



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