TAB Projects

  • The LMRCSC's Technical Advisory Board (TAB) reviews and recommends research proposals, submitted by Center scientists. This competitive funding allocation process selects proposals that meet quality standards, fit into the Center’s priority research areas and the mission of NOAA, and provide substantive student training. TAB acts like startup funding to support new research projects in their first, and potentially second, year. Following that, researchers must apply for external funding. 
    Each year, the LMRCSC brings together the board, which is comprised of scientists that represent each of the theme areas and are selected from various entities of NOAA and the academic community. In addition to reviewing funding proposals, Board members attend the annual Center Science Meeting, the biennial NOAA EPP Forum and interact with faculty and students regularly through seminars and teaching and mentoring opportunities.


     2017-2018 TAB Projects

    1. Baseline data of male reproductive status for Jonah Crab management (Sook Chung, IMET; Bradley Stevens, UMES; Amanda Lawrence, M.S. student at IMET; Burton Shank, NOAA).
    2. Indices of abundance for King Mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic improved by incorporating spatiotemporal and environmental variability (LaTreese Denson, Ph.D. student, RSMAS; Elizabeth Babcock, RSMAS; Dionne Hoskins-Brown, SSU; John Walter, NOAA; James Thorson, NOAA)
    3. Integration of habitat-specific growth variation into assessment models: a case study in the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Matthew Ramirez, Ph.D. student, OSU; Selina Heppell, OSU; Elizabeth Babcock, RSMAS; Jeffrey Moore, NOAA; Larisa Avens, NOAA).
    4. Cold-water corals in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: age, colony complexity, and growth (Rebecca Wenker, M.S. student, UMES; Bradley Stevens, UMES; Vince Guida, NOAA).
    5. Assessing the impacts of harmful dinoflagellates and Vibrio spp. on oyster aquaculture in the Delaware Inland Bays (Detbra Rosales, Ph.D. student, UMES; Joseph Pitula, UMES; John Jacobs, NOAA)
    6. Diet analysis of juvenile weakfish in the Delaware Bay using stomach content and stable isotope analysis (Brian Galvez, M.S. student, DSU; Stacy Smith, DSU; Maurice Crawford, UMES; Howard Townsend, NOAA)
    7. Feeding ecology of Black Sea Bass at selected reef sites using gut content and stable isotope analyses (Andre Price, M.S. student, UMES; Bradley Stevens, UMES; Richard McBride, NOAA)
    8. Under representation in marine and fisheries science professions: how significant life experiences shape a diverse workforce (Brittany King, Ph.D. student, OSU; Kelly Biedenweg, OSU; Kevin Werner, NOAA; Suzanne Russell, NOAA)
    9. Assessment of microplastics and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in scallops as possible indicators of plastic pollution from the Georges Bank, Mid-Atlantic, Southern New England, and Gulf of Maine Stock Fisheries (Enid Munoz, M.S. student, UMES; Ali Ishaque, UMES; Ashok Deshpande, NOAA; Beth Sharack, NOAA)
    10. Examining ecosystem health through contaminant analysis of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) (Tara Cox, SSU; Carolina Bonin Lewallen, HU; Gina Ylitalo, NOAA). 
    11. Genetic-based methods for assessing prey composition and feeding ecology of Pacific lampreys (Eric Lewallen, HU; Carolina Bonin Lewallen, HU; Laurie Weitkamp, NOAA; Linda Park, NOAA).

    2016-2017 TAB Projects

    1. Discard mortality of sub-legal black sea bass in the commercial trap fishery: Impacts of air exposure and acute temperature changes
      Principal Investigator: Cara Schweitzer (Ph.D. Student, UMES) 
      Collaborators: Bradley Stevens (Co-PI, UMES), Andrij Horodysky (Co-PI, HU), Joseph Pitula (UMES), Richard Brill (NOAA/VIMS) 
    2. Biological baseline data for Jonah Crab Management
      Principal Investigator: Bradley Stevens, Ph.D. (UMES), 
      Collaborators: Burton Shank (NOAA NEFSC), Noelle Olsen (M.S. Student, UMES
    3. Reproductive Biology of red deepsea crabs, Chaceon quinquedens
      Principal Investigators: Stephanie Martinez-Rivera (Ph.D. Student, UMES), Shadaesha Green (Co-PI, Ph.D. Student, IMET), Bradley Stevens (Co-PI, UMES), and J. Sook Chung (Co-PI, IMET) 
      Collaborators: Burton Shank (NOAA NEFSC), Chris Long (NOAA AFSC), James Weinberg (NOAA NEFSC)
    4. Refining stock structure of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) through photo-identification and genetic analysis
      Principal Investigators: Tara Cox (PI, SSU) and Joseph Pitula (Co-PI, UMES) 
      Collaborators: Patricia Rose (NOAA), Brian Balmer (NOAA), Emily Griffin (M.S. Student, SSU)
    5. The Impact of Increasing Sea Surface Temperatures on Piscivore and Planktivore Species Dynamics: An Ecosystem-Based Modeling Approach
      Principal Investigators: Shari Wiley (PI, HU) and Andrij Horodysky (Co-PI, HU) 
      Collaborator: Howard Townsend (NOAA)
    6. Ecosystem impact of a harmful algal bloom species (Dinophysis acuminata) on aquaculture shellfish
      Principal Investigators: Joseph Pitula (PI, UMES), Gulnihal Ozbay (Co-PI, DSU), 
      Collaborators: John Jacobs (NOAA) and Detbra Rosales (Ph.D. Student, UMES)
    7. Migration and foraging ecology of at-risk species: Columbia River Chinook salmon and Atlantic weakfish
      Principal Investigators: Jessica Miller (PI, OSU) and Stacy Smith (Co-PI, DSU) 
      Collaborators: Louise Copeman (OSU), Laurie Weitkamp (NOAA), Angie Munguia (M.S. OSU), and Lyndsey King (OSU)
    8. Comparing the diet and microbiome of Atlantic menhaden and Eastern oyster using DNA barcoding
      Principal Investigators: Ammar Hanif (PI, Ph.D. Student, IMET), Rose Jagus (Co-PI, IMET), Allen Place (Co-PI, IMET), Joseph Pitula (Co-PI, UMES), 
      Collaborator: John Jacobs (NOAA) 


  • 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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