Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Mariah Kachmar is a master’s student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science graduate program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She works with Dr. Colleen Burge in the Aquatic Animal Health lab at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology investigating the Ostreid Herpesvirus (OsHV-1),which causes mass mortality in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and infections in various other bivalve species. She seeks to determine the susceptibility of economically and ecologically important Maryland species to OsHV-1and perform testing to aid in improving biosecurity and disease management in aquaculture.
Mariah received her B.S. in marine biology and environmental science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania where she had the opportunity to attend field courses at the Chincoteague Bay Field station on Wallops Island, VA. In her free time, she enjoys lifting weights, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
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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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