Suzi Webster is a Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Specialist in the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office.
Suzi grew up around Chicago and obtained a bachelor's degree in biology and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program. Her research focuses on stakeholder engagement in Chesapeake Bay environmental science and management. In her dissertation, Suzi investigates stakeholder perspectives on how citizen science can contribute to scientific research that informs collaborative and innovative environmental management decisions. Her research provides evidence-based recommendations for expanded public engagement in environmental science and management in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
Throughout her career, Suzi has participated in a wide variety of scientific efforts, including researching baboon social dominance in a parasitology lab, wrangling cattle on Cape Cod to study how grazing can help with invasive plant management, and working on a team of science communicators at the Integration and Application Network to create environmental health assessments for diverse stakeholder audiences. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, camping, listening to '80s music, and exploring new places with her husband.
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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.