Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) prepares students for careers in research, management and public policy that support the sustainable harvest and conservation of our nation's living marine resources.

The program seeks to:

  • Lead the development of a pool of underrepresented minority scholars entering the field of marine sciences and fisheries
  • Enhance marine research and academic program capacities of the LMRCSC minority serving partner institutions
  • Enhance the research programs in the marine sciences at partner institutions

Learn more about the LMRCSC Summer Internship Program at IMET. Applications for summer 2015 are now closed.


Summer Internship Program

LMRCSC-Funded Ph.D. Student Shadaesha Green presented her research to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents on June 10, 2016. 

Jan Vicente earns NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hawaii. 

LMRCSC Accomplishments

Jan Vicente spent three months at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Bocas Del Toro research station to conduct field research on marine sponges. While there, he presented his research to over 50 students and instructors from the University of Panama to celebrate Biodiversity Day. Learn more here. 

Jeanette Davis selected as a Class of 2015 Knauss Fellow

Ammar Hanif succesfully defends master's research 

NOAA Scholarship awarded to Jan Vicente to study the impact of ocean acidification on marine sponges

The program at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Science supports undergraduate research experiences with stipends and travel funds, and graduate training through stipends, tuition and science-related travel.

Since its inception, the program has operated an intensive inquiry-based Summer Research Program for minority undergraduates. For over 10 years, this summer program has trained over 100 underrepresented minority undergraduate interns from a variety of institutions, including UMES, UMBC, Morgan State University, Hampton University, Delaware State University, Savannah State University, Coppin State University, University of Hawaii and University of Puerto Rico.

The UMCES-IMET LMRCSC program has also supported masters students, Michelle Harmon (graduated '03, Sowers), Megan Morrison (graduated '04, Schreier), Samala B. Lewis (graduated '03, Place), Ammar Hanif ('12, Schott) and has supported/partially supported  Ph.D. students Jose Reyes (graduated '09, Zohar), Naomi Montalvo (graduated '11, Hill), Aaron Watson (graduated ’13, Place) Jeanette Davis ('14, Hill), Kate Gillespie (expected '14, Jagus), Jan Vicente (expected ’17, Hill), Ammar Hanif (expected '17, Place), David Marsan (expected '16, Chen), Shadaesha Green (expected '17, Chung) and Rachel Banks (expected '21).

In addition, UMCES-IMET faculty have co-mentored LMRCSC graduate students at partner institutions, including Donald Bacoat (RSMAS, Jagus), Dwight Eubanks (RSMAS, Jagus), Shanna Chambliss (DSU, Place), Whitney Dyson (UMES, Chen), Lonnie Gonsalvez (UMES, Jagus), Lara Nagle (UMES, Jagus/Place), Belita Nguluwe (UMES, Place), Jamila-Dawn Payton (UMES, Jagus/Zohar), Adam Tulu (UMES, Jagus).

Since 2004, UMCES-IMET faculty have also partnered with LMRCSC partners in over 30 LMRCSC-funded research projects.

UMCES-IMET brings the molecular toolbox to LMRCSC partner institutions in a coordinated effort to address research questions in fisheries and essential fisheries habitat. UMCES-IMET scientists help train graduate and undergraduate students in aquaculture and molecular approaches to enrich their research experience.

Established in 2001 through a cooperative agreement between the NOAA Educational Partnership Program, the University of Maryland Eastern ShoreDelaware State UniversityHampton UniversitySavannah State University, the Rosenstein School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences, University of Miami and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, the partnership works closely with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, to train undergraduate and graduate students in areas that help support the mission of NOAA Fishery managers.

Summer 2016 updates can be found here!

Dr. Rosemary Jagus directs the UMCES-IMET LMRCSC program. Under her sponsorship, Dr. Joseph Pitula (UMES) has an adjunct faculty position at UMCES-IMET.

The efforts of Dr. Jagus and UMES professor Dr. Eric May were recognized in 2005 with a University System of Maryland Regents Award for collaboration in teaching.