Fellow and Intern Projects
Nathan Waltham, PhDQueensland Government and Smithsonian Fellowship 2022 Project: Restoring coastal ecosystems
Catchment and coastal development impacts on the Chesapeake have been studied more extensively than any other estuary in the world. The region has very similar natural resource management challenges to those facing Queensland's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments (spatially extensive agricultural and coastal development effects on water quality and coastal/coral reef resilience). The challenges, and therefore the solutions, facing the Chesapeake Bay and the GBR catchments are very similar. This project will explore lessons learned and successful solutions established that are transferable to Queensland.
Henry Legett, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow Project: Climate change in the Chesapeake Bay: shifting environmental regimes and anadromous fish migration
The timing of life-history events in many plants and animals depend on seasonal environmental conditions. Annual migratory and reproduction events, for example, are often timed to match periods of specific conditions that correspond with peak recourse abundance. Climate change, however, is altering environmental regimes and disrupting natural cycles and patterns.
At SERC, I am investigating how environmental factors are driving the spawning migration patterns of river herring, alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), in Chesapeake Bay rivers. I am also characterizing the thermal regimes within these river networks and assessing the effect of anthropogenic influences and riparian habitats on stream temperature dynamics and river herring spawning behavior. My research will alow for more focused management of river herring and habitat restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.
Assessing oyster reef restoration using underwater video and high-resolution sonar
Raising the bar: Oyster science and innovative resources for educators and youth
Horseshoe crab habitat use and movement inferred from acoustic telemetry
Communications and community engagement with the Rappahannock Working Land and Seascapes project
Assessing impacts of dam removal on river herring migration, spatial habitat use, and spawning success in the Patapsco River.
Exploring long-term trends in blue crab operational sex ratios.
Assessing fish, crustacean, and macroparasite communities on restored and harvested oyster reefs.
Monitoring phenology of river herring (Alosa pseudoharengus and Alosa aestivalis) spawning activity using automated detection of splashes.
Comparing fish and crustacean communities on harvested versus protected oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay
Exploring trends in summer flounder abundance in Maryland relative to environmental variability and fisheries management
Assessing the quality of shallow tributary forage habitats for
striped bass in Chesapeake Bay
Enhancing oyster aquaculture production using prenatal effects
Communicating research projects and conservation goals to the non-scientific community using videography and filmmaking
High school STEM intern
Allison Tracy, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow 2019 - 2022 Project: Chesapeake Working Land and Seascapes; oyster reef ecology
Gabriel Ng, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow 2019 - 2022 Project: Blue swimmer crab stock enhancement in the Philippines
Laura GivensGraduate Fellow 2021; Duke University Marine Lab Project: Testing the performance of eDNA as an indicator of biodiversity changes in oyster habitat
Julie LueckeVolunteer; Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2020-2021 Project: Public engagement work and translating the lab's scientific research for a broader audience The Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) is a Maryland state program that funds yearlong positions for young environmental professionals at Chesapeake Bay watershed organizations.
Sarah MalletteGraduate Fellow 2020; George Mason University Project: Global shifts in cetacean distribution due to rising ocean temperatures