William Yagatich is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing his doctoral degree in sociology as a fellow of the Program for Society and the Environment. His current research explores the intersection of physical surroundings, social knowledge, and the effect that is produced by the interaction between people and their environment. More specifically, he is studying differences among several Watershed Stewards Academies in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, highlighting the differences in training, public outreach, and reception as a consequence of the academies’ physical location within the watershed. Yagatich holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Coastal Carolina University. When he is not working or studying, he can be found trying to keep up with his newborn daughter, Brody.
Fellowship Experiences Blog Posts
See William's posts to Fellowship Experiences, Maryland Sea Grant's blog written by and about graduate fellows and their research.
Smithville is a community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the edge of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A century ago, Smithville had more than 100 residents. Today, it has four, in two homes: an elderly couple, and one elderly woman and her son, who cares for her.
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.
Though fish populations typical experience spatially varying mortality, abundance, and fishing pressure, stock assessments commonly model a population that is assumed to be well-mixed. When assumptions about population mixing are not met, these models can result in biased estimates. Spatial population estimates are particularly beneficial to the Chesapeake Bay as this region faces unique challenges as a result of climate change, fishing pressure, and land use within the watershed.