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.
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.
In the Chesapeake Bay, resource managers are currently struggling with how to develop policy to inform aquaculture (AQ) industry expansion while supporting environmental Bay goals. Specifically, the recent expansion of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) into and near oyster AQ leases is creating tension between definitions of Bay resilience. To inform policy decisions that consider ecosystem service values, I propose applying a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) of in-water and nearshore ecosystem services in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.