Brendan Campbell is a M.S. student at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES) program. Working under Matthew Gray at the Horn Point Laboratory, Brendan is looking at novel ways of understanding the physical environment associated with shellfish aquaculture gear and its relation to growth and production of shellfish. The goal of this work is to create a methodology which can be used by researchers and the aquaculture industry to refine day-to-day operations of commercial farmers and promote more efficient shellfish production. Brendan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Oceanography from Rutgers University in 2017 and worked on various clam and oyster farms during and after his matriculation at Rutgers. Aside from work, Brendan can be found hiking, fishing, or cooking.
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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.