Shivish Bhandari is a graduate student in the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. program at Morgan State University (MSU). He works with Dr. Ming Liu at Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory to develop oyster lines with economical traits that are adapted to the Maryland environment through genetic breeding technology. He will also perform a genomic analysis to understand the environment-genome interaction in Eastern oysters.
Shivish is an international student from Nepal. He completed a Master's degree in Zoology from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He also has taken a graduate course from Austin Peay State University and a short course on geospatial modeling for wildlife conservation from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation at George Mason University. Prior to studying at MSU, Shivish worked in the field of ecology and conservation biology. His research focused on the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on the tigers, leopards, and striped hyena. He enjoys traveling, bird watching, and photography.
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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.
Callinectes sapidus supports the most valuable commercial fishery in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Nationally, the average total dockside value of blue crab fisheries in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and Texas approaches $200 million. Interstate live blue crab transport has increased due to seasonal cycles of crab landings in the Chesapeake regions and changes in allocation of immigration permits for guest workers.