Current Graduate Fellows

Maryland Sea Grant Research Fellowship

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Fellowship at:

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title:

Advancing Monitoring and Management of Mid-Atlantic Alosine Fishes with eDNA Analysis

Cool Facts:

Chelsea Fowler is a master’s student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science graduate program. Her research seeks to investigate how population monitoring techniques using environmental DNA (eDNA) compare to traditional fish count assessments in river herring populations.
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Fellowship at:

University of Maryland, College Park

Project Title:

What Happens After the Phragmites Is Killed? The Role of Native Plantings in Accelerating Post-treatment Recovery of Tidal Wetlands

Cool Facts:

Sylvia Jacobson studies native plant restoration in tidal wetlands dominated by the invasive plant Phragmites australis (common reed). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing music, and reading.
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Fellowship at:

University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Geology

Project Title:

Assessing the Impact of Freshwater Salinization Syndrome on Mobilization of Nutrients and Metals in Urban Streams and Rivers

Cool Facts:

Carly Maas is a Ph.D. student studying the impacts of salinization on urban streams. In her free time, Carly enjoys running, traveling, and watching the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team.
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Fellowship at:

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title:

Evaluating Consequences of Alternative Harvest Policies for Atlantic Menhaden and the Impacts on their Predator Atlantic Striped Bass

Cool Facts:

Samantha Schiano is a master’s student studying the impact of harvest control rules on the Atlantic striped bass fishery. Outside of science, she enjoys running, drawing, cooking, and baking.
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Fellowship at:

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title:

Quantifying Nitrogen Removal Potential in Oyster Reefs Versus Aquaculture in Response to Hydrodynamic Setting and Water Quality

Cool Facts:

Stefenie is a master’s student studying at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program. Her work is aimed at modeling the ecological, chemical, and physical aspects of restored oyster reefs. She is equally as interested in environmental education as she is marine science.

Competitive Graduate Research Fellowship

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Fellowship at:

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Cool Facts:

Mariah Kachmar is a master’s student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science graduate program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her work seeks to determine the susceptibility of economically and ecologically important Maryland shellfish species to a virus.
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Fellowship at:

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Cool Facts:

Megan is a master’s student studying policy options of user conflicts in Chesapeake Bay. Outside of research, she loves to cook, garden, and volunteer, regularly organizing around climate change issues.

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo

Fellowship at:

The Office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal

Cool Facts:

Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo is serving as a legislative fellow for the office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal of California’s 47th District. She is also researching habitat use of juvenile black sea bass in the Chesapeake Bay for her Ph.D. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing guitar.
Katie Hornick

Fellowship at:

National Marine Fisheries Service

Cool Facts:

Katie Hornick is a Habitat Restoration Specialist in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's Office of Habitat Conservation. She studied the genetic impact of large-scale hatchery-based restoration of oysters in Harris Creek, Maryland. Katie enjoys making jewelry, kayaking, hiking, and exploring new places with her pug, Oliver.
Amanda Lawrence

Fellowship at:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Cool Facts:

Amanda Lawrence is a 2020 Knauss Fellow with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the Coastal and Marine Program. She loves being near the water in any capacity, be it researching, kayaking or diving.
Wenfei Ni

Fellowship at:

NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Climate Program Office

Cool Facts:

Wenfei Ni uses models to understand the impacts of human activity and climate change on the long-term change of summer low oxygen condition in the Chesapeake Bay water. Aside from work, Wenfei enjoys reading crime novels, watching soccer games and hanging out with friends.
Caroline Wiernicki

Fellowship at:

Oceanographer of the Navy

Cool Facts:

Caroline is serving as the Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. She enjoys running, music by Johnny Cash, and really bad puns.

Graduate Research Support Grants

Taylor Armstrong

Fellowship at:

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University System of Maryland

Project Title:

Natural Algaecides: Compounds Produced by Barley Straw to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms

Cool Facts:

Taylor Armstrong is studying the toxins produced by algae and identifying natural algaecides to reduce harmful algal blooms. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, running, and painting.
Brendan Campbell

Fellowship at:

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title:

Linking Stormwater BMP Implementation and Mosquito Infestation to Resident Socioeconomic Status, Knowledge, and Attitudes in Two Suburban Watersheds

Cool Facts:

Brendan Campbell is looking at novel ways of understanding the physical environment associated with shellfish aquaculture gear and its relation to growth and production of shellfish. Aside from work, Brendan can be found hiking, fishing, or cooking.
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Fellowship at:

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Cool Facts:

Shannon Hood is examining potential drivers of a growth penalty that is often observed among oysters which regularly undergo desiccation, a management practice which has been successful in controlling biofouling on oyster farms. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Matthew Wilfong

Fellowship at:

University of Maryland, College Park

Project Title:

Assessing the Ecohydrological Performance of Stormwater Green Infrastructure (SWGI) Treatment Trains at the Subwatershed Scale in Montgomery County, MD

Cool Facts:

Matthew Wilfong investigates the hydrology and pollution retention of different stormwater green infrastructure designs in Maryland to better understand stormwater pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. He enjoys fly fishing, trail running, and backpacking.
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Fellowship at:

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Cool Facts:

Anna Windle uses satellites and drones to study water quality in Chesapeake Bay. In her spare time, Anna enjoys swimming, biking, and running to train for triathlons.

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowships

Reed Brodnik

Fellowship at:

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title:

Impacts of Misspecification of Spatial Structure of Assessment and Stock on Reliability of Reference Points

Cool Facts:

Reed is studying the population dynamics of black sea bass (Centropristis striata) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight region of the Atlantic seaboard. In his free time, Reed enjoys kayaking, fishing, and crabbing in the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. 

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