Current Graduate Fellows

Maryland Sea Grant Research Fellowship

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Fellowship at:

Morgan State University, Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory

Project Title:

Development of Triploid and Tetraploid Eastern Oysters for Maryland Aquaculture

Cool Facts:

Shivish Bhandari is a graduate student in the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. program at Morgan State University studying environment-genome interaction in Eastern oysters. Outside of his studies, Shivish enjoys traveling, bird watching, and photography.
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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

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Fellowship at:

NOAA OAR Climate Program Office

Cool Facts:

Shadaesha is a Communication, Education and Engagement (CEE) division fellow in NOAA’s Climate Program Office. In her free time, Shadaesha enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies (binge watching Netflix), and cooking.
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Fellowship at:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Coastal States Organization

Cool Facts:

Cadijah Walcott is the Coastal Hazards and Mitigation Specialists for FEMA and CSO. She enjoys traveling, being outside, especially near water, and reading books. She loves whales and hopes to see one in person one day!
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Fellowship at:

NOAA OAR Technology Partnerships Office

Cool Facts:

Suzi Webster is a Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Specialist in the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office.
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Fellowship at:

NOAA NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation

Cool Facts:

Dani Weissman is a Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Fellow in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's Office of Habitat Conservation. She volunteers with Maryland and DC-based environmental groups to improve water quality in her local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

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

Project Title:

Understanding Molecular, Energetic and Physiological Responses of Crassostrea virginica to Aerial Desiccation Regimes

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

Project Title:

Discrimination of Phytoplankton Taxa in the Optically Complex Waters of Chesapeake Bay

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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