Fellowship institution:Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Project Title:Understanding Atlantic Menhaden Population Dynamics Through Use of Data from a Large-scale Historical Tagging Study
Emily Liljestrand is a master’s student in the University System of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program. Working with Dr. Mike Wilberg at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, she hopes to improve understanding of menhaden stock, death rate, and migratory patterns by applying novel statistical techniques to historical tagging data from the late 1960s. From this information, she and others hope to make more informed predictions and suggestions about how to best manage and exploit this essential species. Emily triple majored in ecology, biochemistry, and Asian studies at Rice University. She holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts and worked for five years as a part-time EMT.
See Emily's posts to Fellowship Experiences, Maryland Sea Grant's blog written by and about graduate fellows and their research.