Paulinus Chigbu, Ph.D.

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    Professor 
    Department of Natural Sciences 
    Email:  pchigbu@umes.edu 
    Phone: (410) 651- 3034


    Education:

    • Ph.D. in Fisheries, University of Washington, Seattle.
    • M.Sc. in Zoology, University of Benin, Nigeria.
    • B.Sc. in Zoology, University of Benin, Nigeria.

    Research:

    • Bacteriological Analysis of Water .
    • Ocean Circulation & El Nino.
    • Environmental variability affects distributions of coastal fish species.
    • A decision support tool for shellfish management in Mississippi sound.

    Professional Experience:

    • Professor , Marine Environmental Science, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and 2007 – till date.
    • Director, NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2006– till date.
    • Director, NSF Center for Research Excellence in science and Technology, 2010 – till date.
    • Director, Coastal Ecology Teaching and Research Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2007 - 2008.
    • Associate Professor, Environmental Science & Director, NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2006– 2007.
    • Associate Professor, Biology & Director, Marine Science Program, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, 2003 – 2005.
    • Assistant Professor, Biology & Director, Marine Science Program, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, 1998 - 2003.
    • Visiting Faculty, Department of Biology, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina, 1996 – 1997.

    Memberships on National Boards:

    • Member, National Sea Grant Advisory Board (2013 to Present)
    • Technical Advisor to the Advisory Committee to the United States National Section, International Committee for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), February 2011 - present.

    Publications:

    • ChigbuP. & Parveen, S. (2014).  Bacteriological Analysis of Water.  In L.M.L. Nollet and L.S.P. De Gelder (editors).  Handbook of Water Analysis.  Third Edition.  CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, New York.

    • ChigbuP., Love, J.W. & Newhard, J.J. (2009).  Effects of El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on marine fish and shellfish populations and their habitats in North America. In John A. Long and David S. Wells (Editors): Ocean Circulation & El Nino: New Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN:978-1-60692-084-8

    • Love, J.W., Chigbu, P. & May, E.B. (2009).Environmental variability affects distributions of coastal fish species (Maryland, USA).  Northeast Naturalist 16(2): 255-268.

    • Chigbu, P., Jearld, A. & Fogarty, M. J.  (2007).National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Jackson State University Program in Fish Stock Assessment.  Journal of Geoscience Education, 55: 541-549.

    • ChigbuP. & Sobolev, D. (2007).  Bacteriological Analysis of Water.  In L.M.L. Nollet (editor).  Handbook of Water Analysis.  Second Edition.  CRC Press, Boca Raton, New York.

    • Chigbu, P., Strange, T., Gordon, S., Jester, K., Baham, J., Young, J., Hughes, R., Remata, R., Martinolich, K., Hilbert, K., Mott, D.K., Watts, M. & McIntosh, M.  (2006). A decision support tool for shellfish management in Mississippi Sound.  Journal of Shellfish Research 25(3): 1091-1099.

    • Chigbu, P. & Suchar, V.A.(2006).The isolation and culture of Colurella dicentra from a Mississippi Gulf Coast Estuary.  Aquaculture Research 37: 1400-1405.

    • Suchar, V.A. & Chigbu, P. (2006).  The effects of algae species and densities on the population growth of the marine rotifer, Colurella dicentra.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 337(1): 96-102.

    • Kishinhi, S., Tchounwou, P.B., Farah, I.O. & Chigbu, P. (2006).  Recreational Water Quality Control in Mississippi, USA: Bacteriological assessment in the Pearl River and Ross Barnett Reservoir.  Reviews on Environmental Health 21(4): 293-305.

    • Chigbu, P., Gordon, S., & Strange, T. (2005).  Fecal coliform bacteria disappearance rates in a north-central Gulf of Mexico Estuary.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 65: 309-318.  

    • Chigbu, P., Gordon, S. & Tchounwou, P.B. (2005).  Seasonal patterns of fecal coliform bacteria pollution and its influence on closures of shellfish harvesting areas in Mississippi Sound.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2(2): 362-373.

    • Chigbu, P., Gordon, S., & Strange, T. (2004).  Influence of inter-annual variations in climatic factors on fecal coliform levels in Mississippi Sound.  Water Research 38(20): 4341-4352.

    • Chigbu, P. (2004).  Assessment of the Potential Impact of the Mysid Shrimp, Neomysis  mercedis, on Daphnia.  Journal of Plankton Research 26(3): 295-306.

    • Chigbu, P., Ogle, J.T., Lotz, J.M. & Coleman, E.L. 2002. Some aspects of the culture of red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus).  Proceedings of the 53rdAnnual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 228-233.
    • Vatti, M., Reddy, R.S. & Chigbu, P.  (2003). Simulations of “the Historic Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi flood activity during May 8-10th, 1995” to build a prototype GIS/RS based ERAISA (Environmental Risks Assessment Integrative Systems Approach) for Gulf Coastal States of the U.S. Proceedings of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2003. 

    • Reddy, R.S., Vatti, M. & Chigbu, P. (2002).  Simulations of Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi Flood of May 8-10th, 1995.  Proceedings of the 82nd American Meteorological Society Conference, February 2002, Long Beach, CA, USA.

    • Chigbu, P.  2001. Occurrence and distribution of Salmincola californiensis (Copepoda: Lernaeopodidae) on Juvenile Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in Lake Washington. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 16(4): 615-620.

    • ChigbuP.  2000.  Population biology of longfin smelt, and aspects of the ecology of other major planktivorous fishes in Lake Washington.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 15(4): 543-557.  

    • Chigbu, P., T.H. Sibley, and D.A. Beauchamp.  1998.  Abundance and distribution of Neomysis mercedis and a major predator, longfin smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) in Lake Washington.  Hydrobiologia 386: 167-182. 

    • ChigbuP. and T.H. Sibley 1998.  Feeding ecology of longfin smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) in Lake Washington.  Fisheries Research 38: 109-119.

    • ChigbuP. and T.H. Sibley 1998.  Predation by longfin smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) on the mysid Neomysis mercedis in Lake Washington.  Freshwater Biology 40: 295-304.

    • ChigbuP. and T.H. Sibley.  1996.  Biometrical relationships, energy content and biochemical composition of Neomysis mercedis in Lake Washington.  Hydrobiologia  337: 145-150.

    • ChigbuP. and T.H. Sibley  1994.  Relationship between abundance, growth, fecundity and egg size in a land-locked population of longfin smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys).  Journal of Fish Biology 45: 1-15.

    • ChigbuP. and T.H. Sibley 1994.  Predation by Neomysis mercedis: Effects of temperature, Daphnia magna size and prey density on ingestion rate and size selectivity.  Freshwater Biology  32: 39-48.

    • ChigbuP. and T.H. Sibley  1994.  Diet and growth of longfin smelt and juvenile sockeye salmon in Lake Washington.  Internationale Vereinigung fur Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie 25: 2086-2091.

    • Sibley, T.H. and P. Chigbu.  1994.  Feeding behavior of longfin smelt Spirinchus thaleichthys may affect water quality and salmon production in Lake Washington.  Lake and Reservoir Management 9: 145-148.

    • Egborge, A.B.M., C.S. Onwudinjo and P.C. Chigbu.  1994.  Cladocera of coastal rivers of Western Nigeria.  Hydrobiologia  272: 39-46.

    • Egborge, A.B.M. and PChigbu 1988.  The rotifers of Ikpoba River, Bendel State.  The Nigerian Field.  53: 117 - 132.

    Honors/Scholarships/Fellowships/Awards:

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa, Travel Award to Attend the South African Ph.D. Project Conference, Durban, South Africa, August 13-18, 2012.
    • Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2011.
    • Research Innovation Award, Jackson State University, 2005.
    • Mason Keeler Endowment for Excellence Fellowship, School of Fisheries, University of Washington (UW), Seattle, 1991 - 1993.
    • Chapman Memorial Scholarship, School of Fisheries, UW, Seattle, 1990.
    • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Sport Fishing Institute Research Fellowship, 1989 – 1992.
    • Cobb Scholarship, School of Fisheries, UW, Seattle, 1989.
    • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Travel Award, 1989.
    • Fulbright Scholarship, 1987 - 1992.