NOAA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
Amber Fandel was a master's student in the Marine and Estuarine Environmental Science graduate program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She worked with Dr. Helen Bailey at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory to determine the presence and behaviors of marine mammals in the western Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. She figures all this out using only the sounds these animals make.
Amber is originally from Massachusetts but has lived and worked all over the world. She received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, studied abroad in Costa Rica, and worked in Arizona and Nevada for AmeriCorps. She also researched dolphin behavior in southern California and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and for a congressional election campaign. Amber loves to cook and volunteer, play music and travel, and to hike and paddleboard with her dog.
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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.
Leone Yisrael is a cephalopod-loving scuba diver, cook, and loves to try new activities. She conducts genetic analysis and fieldwork at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center through the Coastal Disease Ecology Lab.
Oyster aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry in Maryland’s Chesapeake waters which stimulates economic activity and may provide a host of ecosystem benefits. A potential concern associated with the intensification of the oyster aquaculture is the local production and accumulation of oyster biodeposits, which can lead to a porewater sulfide accumulation and declining bioturbation, symptoms of declining ecosystem function. Sulfide is naturally removed from the seafloor by the interactions between bioturbating infauna and sulfide oxidizing bacteria.