Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Current Graduate Fellows

Maryland Sea Grant Research Fellowship

Joel Bostic

Fellowship at: 

Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Variation in Retention and Export of Atmospheric Nitrate as a Function of Land Use Across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Cool Facts: 

Joel Bostic is studying the relationship between land use patterns and nutrient export in streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In his free time Joel enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Zachary Gotthardt

Fellowship at: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Quantifying Changes to Nutrient Cycling and Nitrogen Removal in an Estuary as a Consequence of Aeration

Cool Facts: 

Zachary Gotthardt is studying biogeochemical cycling of estuaries in response to human-implemented aeration at Rock Creek. The project seeks to analyze methods that would mitigate the effects of pollution in estuaries. In his free time, Zachary enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and SCUBA diving.

Katie Martin

Fellowship at: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Tracking Septic System Performance by Using Innovative Mass Spectrometric Approaches and Traditional Nutrient Measurements

Cool Facts: 

Katherine Martin is studying wastewater tracers and the effectiveness of denitrifying septic systems in reducing nitrogen input into waterways. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and rock collecting.

Carrie Perkins

Fellowship at: 

University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Plant Sciences

Project Title: 

Resilience of Vallisneria americana in the Chesapeake Bay

Cool Facts: 

Carrie Perkins is exploring the importance of genetic diversity in the restoration of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay region. She enjoys playing squash or just curling up at her local cafe with some coffee and a good book.

Liz Van Dolah

Fellowship at: 

University of Maryland, College Park

Project Title: 

Integrated Geospatial, Cultural, and Social Assessment of Coastal Resilience to Climate Change

Cool Facts: 

Elizabeth Van Dolah is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology engaged in environmental anthropology research in the Chesapeake Bay region. Her research focuses on the use of cultural heritage in guiding climate change adaptation. 

Fan Zhang Profile Picture

Fellowship at: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Improving Prediction and Visualization of Coastal Inundation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Cool Facts: 

Fan Zhang studies the atmosphere-ocean interactions during extreme weather events (e.g., hurricanes and winter storms). During his free time, he enjoys hiking in the mountains. One of his favorite saying is: "If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you." 

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Geddes

Fellowship at: 

NOAA, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Office of International Affairs

Cool Facts: 

Katie Geddes conducted offshore research in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Hoover

Fellowship at: 

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology

Cool Facts: 

Aimee Hoover is working for the National Observer Program on improving the work environment for fisheries observers.

Peters

Fellowship at: 

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology

Cool Facts: 

Rebecca Peters is learning how habitat science is incorporated into ecosystem-based fisheries management. Previously she interned with the Shark Population Assessment Group in Florida.

Gray Redding

Fellowship at: 

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Highly Migratory Species Division

Cool Facts: 

Gray Redding worked on research projects studying the response of oyster reefs and other coastal habitats to a changing world.

Yini

Fellowship at: 

Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water

Cool Facts: 

Yini Shangguan is the inaugural Knauss fellow with the Nutrient Team at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. She will work to better understand the overall condition of estuarine, near-coastal, and coral reef environments.

Fisheries Population Dynamics Fellowship

Reed Brodnik

Fellowship at: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Cool Facts: 

Reed is studying the population dynamics of black sea bass (Centropristis striata) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight region of the Atlantic seaboard. In his free time, Reed enjoys kayaking, fishing, and crabbing in the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. 

Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research Fellowships

Jacob Hagedorn Profile Picture

Fellowship at: 

Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Potential Pollution Trade-Offs for Sustainable Coastal Agricultural Management

Cool Facts: 

Jake Hagedorn is studying the potential pollution swapping that might exist with a best management practice (BMP) implementation that controls water levels in agricultural fields in the Chesapeake Bay. When he is not sampling, you will find him gardening or hiking.

Katie Hornick

Fellowship at: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Using an Individual-Based Model to Predict the Genetic Impacts of Hatchery Based Restoration of the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Chesapeake Bay

Cool Facts: 

Katie Hornick is studying population genetics of Eastern oyster restoration in Chesapeake Bay.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys making jewelry, SCUBA diving, and hiking with her pug, Oliver.

Adriane Michaelis

Fellowship at: 

University of Maryland, College Park

Project Title: 

Understanding Decisions to Participate in Oyster Aquaculture in Maryland-Implications of Livelihood Diversification on Resilience

Cool Facts: 

Adriane Michaelis is studying why those involved in oyster aquaculture in Maryland have chosen to take it on, and why some commercial watermen have chosen not to, highlighting challenges inherent in participation. Before starting her dissertation work with Maryland’s watermen and oyster growers, Adriane dove from and captained a dive research vessel while monitoring Maryland’s restored oyster reefs.

Oakley

Fellowship at: 

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Project Title: 

New Measures of Aquatic Habitat for Assessing Restoration Resilience

Cool Facts: 

Hayley Oakland is studying stream restoration via the response of freshwater insect communities and measures of channel habitat derived from aerial survey techniques. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys road and mountain biking, hiking, music, and her cats.

Fellowship at: 

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Project Title: 

Continuous Mapping of Channel Features for Monitoring Aquatic Habitat and Sediment Flux in Coastal Systems

Cool Facts: 

Alex is monitoring a dam removal on the Patapsco River using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Emily Russ

Fellowship at: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Project Title: 

Exploring the Connectivity of Sediment Transport in Upper Chesapeake Bay

Cool Facts: 

Emily Russ is studying sediment dynamics in the the upper Chesapeake Bay. When she is not there, you might find her throwing a frisbee or hiking.

Dani Weissman

Fellowship at: 

University of Maryland, College Park

Project Title: 

Salt Water Intrusion and Legacy Nutrient Release Across Coastal Farmland

Cool Facts: 

Dani Weissman researches the relationship between nutrient cycling and salt water intrusion in coastal agricultural areas. In her spare time, Dani plays the fiddle in her band, Swamp Donkey Newgrass.