Carrie Perkins is pursuing a Ph.D. in plant sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Carrie works in Dr. Maile Neel’s lab and studies Vallisneria americana (wild celery). This native submerged aquatic vegetation species performs many ecosystem services, such as providing food for waterfowl and habitats for fish and invertebrates. Her research focuses on the impacts of patch size and connectivity on the persistence, recovery, and genetic diversity of V. americana populations in the Chesapeake Bay. The results of this research will continue to inform management solutions for restoration in the region. Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and German at Vassar College in 2014. Before entering the Plant Sciences program, she was a linguistics project manager at Morningside Translations and then worked as a lab technician in Loyola University Maryland’s biology department. In her free time, Carrie enjoys playing squash or just curling up at her local cafe with some coffee and a good book.
See Carrie'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.