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David Balcom

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First Name: 
David
Last Name: 
Balcom
Title: 
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Campus Location: 
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
Mailing Address: 
Columbus Center, 701 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-234-8857
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Ray Cho

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First Name: 
Ray
Last Name: 
Cho
Title: 
Director of Facilities Administration
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Campus Location: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2003
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Susan Collins

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First Name: 
Susan
Last Name: 
Collins
Title: 
Accountant
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2012
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William Dennison

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First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Dennison
Title: 
Vice President for Science Applications and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Coastal ecosystem ecology; ecophysiology of marine plants; bioindicators in nearshore environments; assessing ecosystem health.
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2004
Office Fax: 
410-228-3843
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Bio: 
Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Dr. Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network (IAN), a group of scientists committed to solving, not just studying, environmental problems. IAN is a collection of Science Integrators and Science Communicators that work closely with various agencies, foundations and non-government organizations to develop integrated science products using principles of science communication.
Education
The University of Chicago, 1984, Ph.D., Biology
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1979, M.S., Biological Oceanography
Western Michigan University, 1976, B.A., Biology and Environmental Science
Current Students: 
Ben Fertig
Regularly Offered Courses: 
Science for Environmental Management

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Kurt Florez

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First Name: 
Kurt
Last Name: 
Florez
Title: 
IT Director
Lab Affiliation: 
Horn Point Laboratory
Campus Location: 
EIC Building
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775, 5745 Lovers Lane
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410.221.2021
Office Fax: 
410.221.8490
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Barbara Higgins

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First Name: 
Barbara
Last Name: 
Higgins
Title: 
Senior Accountant
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2009
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Edward Houde

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First Name: 
Edward
Last Name: 
Houde
Title: 
Vice President for Education and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Fisheries science, management, ecology; larval fish ecology; resource assessment
Lab Affiliation: 
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 38
Solomons, MD 20688
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-326-7224
Office Fax: 
410-326-7210
Expertise
Bio: 
Edward D. Houde earned his PhD in fishery science from Cornell University in 1968. Dr. Houde is Professor and Vice President for Education in the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His research interests include fisheries science and management, larval fish ecology, and fisheries oceanography. Dr. Houde has served previously as Director of NSF's Biological Oceanography Program. He is the recipient of the Beverton (Fisheries Society of the British Isles) and Sette (American Fisheries Society) Awards for career achievement, and is a Fellow of the AAAS. Dr. Houde is an elected National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He has served on numerous committees and panels, including the National Research Council's Ocean Studies Board, ICES Living Resources Committee, the NMFS Ecosystem Principles Advisory Panel, and as Chair of the Ocean Studies Board's Committee on Marine Protected Areas. He was appointed U.S. Delegate to ICES in 2006.
Education
Cornell University, 1968, Ph.D., Fishery Science
Cornell University, 1965, M.S., Fishery Science
University of Massachusetts, 1963, B.A., Zoology
Regularly Offered Courses: 
Early Life History of Marine Fishes - MEES 698F

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Erica Kropp

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First Name: 
Erica
Last Name: 
Kropp
Title: 
Vice President for Administration
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2002
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Joyce Meritt

Personal Information
First Name: 
Joyce
Last Name: 
Meritt
Title: 
Executive Administrative Assistant
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2001
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Gerri Moore

Personal Information
First Name: 
Gerri
Last Name: 
Moore
Title: 
Manager of Budget Operations
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Campus Location: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2010
Office Fax: 
410-221-9265
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Dave Nemazie

Personal Information
First Name: 
Dave
Last Name: 
Nemazie
Title: 
Associate Vice President for External Affairs
Areas of Expertise: 
Science communication; government affairs; marine and estuarine ecology; watershed management; environmental policy and development; stakeholder facilitation.
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2006
Expertise
Bio: 
Dave Nemazie has extensive experience in aquatic research, science and policy interface, university administration, partnership development, and public relations. He has developed new partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sector, locally as well as internationally. He is passionate about environmental science: both communicating its relevance to the public and its impact on the decision making process. He received a MS in marine sciences while studying the ecology of zooplankton in Chesapeake Bay through the University of Maryland College Park.
Education
University of Maryland College Park, MS, 1991, Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Sciences Program
SUNY Purchase College, BS & BA, 1988, Environmental Sciences and Biology, respectively

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Amy Pelsinsky

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First Name: 
Amy
Last Name: 
Pelsinsky
Title: 
Director of Public Relations
Areas of Expertise: 
Media relations, publications, web, marketing, social media
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-330-1389
Expertise
Bio: 
Amy Pelsinsky is an award-winning writer with more than 15 years of experience working in media relations, publications, web, marketing, and social media for museums, nonprofits, and universities. Her background is in newspaper reporting and magazine editing. She was awarded Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards for feature writing and investigative reporting and a bronze medal for magazine editing from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Education
McDaniel College, MLA
Western Maryland College, BA

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Beth Pinder

Personal Information
First Name: 
Beth
Last Name: 
Pinder
Title: 
Comptroller
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2011
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Angela Richmond

Personal Information
First Name: 
Angela
Last Name: 
Richmond
Title: 
Director, ORAA
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Campus Location: 
Center Administration Building
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775, 5745 Lovers Lane
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2015
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Lisa A. Ross, PHR

Personal Information
First Name: 
Lisa A.
Last Name: 
Ross, PHR
Title: 
Director of Human Resources
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2017
Office Fax: 
410-221-2029
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Dottie Samonisky

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First Name: 
Dottie
Last Name: 
Samonisky
Title: 
Program Administrative Specialist
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Research Lab Affiliation: 
Integration and Application Network
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2005
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Ginger Steelman

Personal Information
First Name: 
Ginger
Last Name: 
Steelman
Title: 
ORAA Assistant Director
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2014
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