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Donald Boesch

Personal Information
First Name: 
Donald
Last Name: 
Boesch
Title: 
President and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Marine and estuarine ecology; benthic communities and sediment dynamics; marine pollution; national and international marine policy
Lab Affiliation: 
Center Administration
Campus Location: 
Center Administration Building
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-2001
Expertise
Bio: 
A native of New Orleans, Don Boesch received his B.S. from Tulane University and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary. He was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland and subsequently served on the faculty of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In 1980 he became the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), where he was also a Professor of Marine Science at Louisiana State University. He assumed his present position in Maryland in 1990.
Research Interests: 
Dr. Boesch is a biological oceanographer who has conducted research in coastal and continental shelf environments along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia and the East China Sea. He has published two books and more than 85 papers on marine benthos, estuaries, wetlands, continental shelves, oil pollution, nutrient over-enrichment, environmental assessment and monitoring and science policy. Presently his research focuses on the use of science in ecosystem management.
Education
College of William and Mary, 1971, Ph.D., Marine Science
Tulane University
Regularly Offered Courses: 
MEES 698A - Science for Environmental Management Co-taught with Professor Bill Dennison in Spring Semester of odd-numbered years.

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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
Expertise

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Eric Davidson

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First Name: 
Eric
Last Name: 
Davidson
Title: 
Director, Appalachian Laboratory and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, including the effects of management, land use change, and climatic change on soil C and N stocks, trace gas emissions from soils, and leaching of plant nutrients to streams and groundwater. Current study areas include the Brazilian Amazon Basin and Cerrado region and the forests of New England.
Lab Affiliation: 
Appalachian Laboratory
Mailing Address: 
301 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Email: 
Office Phone: 
301-689-7204
Office Fax: 
301-689-7200
Expertise
Bio: 
Eric A. Davidson has recently assumed the position of Director and Professor of the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, MD. Previously, he was a scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center since 1991, including serving a term as the President and Executive Director. His research in biogeochemistry includes the exchange of plant nutrients from the land to streams and groundwater and the exchange of greenhouse gases between the soil and the atmosphere. He works in a variety of ecosystems, including forests, pastures, and agricultural fields in the Amazonian and Cerrado regions of Brazil and in forests of New England. Davidson holds a Ph.D. in forestry from North Carolina State University and held post-doctoral positions in soil microbiology and biogeochemistry at the UC-Berkeley and the NASA Ames Research Center. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, served at the President of the Biogeosciences section of the American Geophysical Union, and is now President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union. He served as the Coordinator of the North American Center for the International Nitrogen Initiative and is the leader of a Research Coordination Network on Reactive Nitrogen in the Environment. Davidson has written a popular book, You Can’t Eat GNP, which explores the links between economics and ecology for students and laypersons.
Research Interests: 
Biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, including the effects of management, land use change, and climatic change on soil C and N stocks, trace gas emissions from soils, and leaching of plant nutrients to streams and groundwater. Current study areas include the Brazilian Amazon Basin and Cerrado region and the forests of New England.
Education
North Carolina State University, 1986, Ph.D., Forestry
Oberlin College, 1978, B.A., Biology

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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
Expertise
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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Russell Hill

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First Name: 
Russell
Last Name: 
Hill
Title: 
IMET Director and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Symbiosis between bacteria and marine invertebrates, especially sponges. Marine actinomycete ecology and molecular biology, microbiology of marine natural products. Microalgae and biofuels. Marine biotechnology.
Lab Affiliation: 
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
Campus Location: 
Columbus Center, Room 5083
Mailing Address: 
701 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-234-8802
Office Fax: 
410-234-8818
Expertise
Research Interests: 
The major focus of research in my laboratory is the investigation of symbiotic bacteria associated with marine invertebrates, in particular, sponges. Many important compounds with pharmaceutical potential have been discovered in sponges and other invertebrates. In some cases, the compounds of interest are produced, not by the sponges themselves, but by bacteria associated with the sponges. We are identifying many of the bacteria present in sponges even if we cannot grow them, by cloning the genes encoding the 16S ribosomal RNA from these sponges. We can then rationally select culture conditions to be able to grow a higher proportion of the bacteria and, hopefully, find the ones that produce important compounds. We have isolated a Micromonospora sp. strain M42 from the Indonesian sponge Acanthostrongylophora that produces manzamine A, an antimalarial compound found in this sponge. We also succeeded in isolating symbiotic Vibrio sp. that produce kahalalide F, a promising anti-cancer compound first found in the Hawaiian mollusk Elysia rufescens.
Education
University of Cape Town South Africa, 1988, Ph.D., Microbiology

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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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Thomas Miller

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First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Miller
Title: 
Director, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Recruitment and population dynamics of aquatic animals, including feeding and bio-physical interactions. Fish early life history. Blue crabs.
Lab Affiliation: 
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 38
Solomons, MD 20688
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-326-7276
Office Fax: 
410-326-7318
Expertise
Bio: 
Thomas Miller is professor of fisheries and bioenergetics and population dynamics at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, where he has been teaching since 1994. Prior to UMCES, he was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and research specialist with the Center for Great Lakes Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His research focuses on population dynamics of aquatic animals, particularly in understanding recruitment, feeding and bio-physical interactions and early life history of fish and crustaceans. He has been involved in the development of a Chesapeake Bay fishery ecosystem plan, which includes detailed background information on fisheries, foodwebs, habitats and monitoring required to develop multispecies stock assessments. Most recently, he has developed an interest in the sub-lethal effects of contamination on Chesapeake Bay living resources using population dynamic approaches. He received his B.Sc. (hons) in human and environmental biology from the University of York, UK; his M.S. in ecology and Ph.D. in zoology and oceanography from North Carolina State University.
Education
North Carolina State University, 1990 Ph.D., Zoology and Oceanography
North Carolina State University, 1984 M.S., Ecology
University of York (UK), 1981 B.Sc., Human and Environmental Biology
Current Students: 
Erdem Karakoylu (Post-doc) Hillary Lane (Ph.D.) Nicole Bransome (MS) Danny Zaveta (MS)
Regularly Offered Courses: 
MEES 631 Fish Ecology

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Fredrika Moser

Personal Information
First Name: 
Fredrika
Last Name: 
Moser
Title: 
Director
Lab Affiliation: 
Maryland Sea Grant
Mailing Address: 
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
College Park, MD 20740
Email: 
Office Phone: 
301-405-6373
Office Fax: 
301-314-5780
Expertise

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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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Michael Roman

Personal Information
First Name: 
Michael
Last Name: 
Roman
Title: 
Director, Horn Point Laboratory and Professor
Areas of Expertise: 
Zooplankton ecology; biological oceanography.
Lab Affiliation: 
Horn Point Laboratory
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD
Email: 
Office Phone: 
410-221-8425
Office Fax: 
410-221-8490
Expertise
Education
University of New Hampshire, Ph.D., 1976, Zoology
The City College, M. A., 1973, Biology
Lake Forest College, B. A., 1971, Biology