Years 1 – 5 (2016 – 2021) Award Accomplishments

  1. 110 students (43 B.S., 37 M.S., 21 Ph.D., 9 interns from other institutions) were trained in NOAA related sciences; 91% % of students trained belong to underrepresented minority (URM) groups.  
  2. Graduated: 40 students (18 B.S., 14 M.S., 8 Ph.D.) graduated; 52 students are in the pipeline; 88% of the graduates belong to URM groups. Of the 14 B.S. graduates, 9 (64%) have proceeded to graduate school of which 29% of the graduates went to LMRCSC institutions whereas 36% went to non-LMRCSC institutions.  
  3. Post-graduation Employment: 16 Center graduates (M.S. and Ph.D.) are employed in the NOAA mission enterprise (including 5 employed at NOAA). 
  4. Funds Leveraged: $10.9 million was leveraged with NOAA EPP award from 2016 to 2021 to support education and research.
  5. Internships/NERTO: 40 graduate students have completed or are currently participating in NOAA Experiential and Research Training Opportunity (NERTO) at NOAA labs.
  6. Collaborative Research: 36 projects with NOAA scientists were funded by the LMRCSC.
  7. Engagement with NOAA Scientists: 53 NOAA scientists serve, or have served as mentors of LMRCSC students, collaborators on Center Technical Advisory Board (TAB) projects, members of the TAB that reviews center proposals and/or as instructors of courses, etc. 
  8. Publications: 128 publications in peer-reviewed journals generated by LMRCSC scientists and students; 18 publications had center student co-authors or authors.
  9. Presentations: 171 presentations at scientific meetings made by scientists and students.
  10. Awards and Recognitions: 13 LMRCSC students received awards or recognitions for scholarly accomplishments. Four students received NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship and one student received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; four students were awarded NOAA EPP Undergraduate scholarship and 4 center faculty received awards or recognitions for scholarly work and mentoring.
  11. Research Cruise Experience: 9 center students participated in and received training during NOAA research cruises.
  12. Experience Developing and Managing Database for Large Datasets: 21 students have taken a new Data Management course offered at the Center. 
  13. Emergence of Center Student Cohort Community: 56 students have participated in the LMRCSC one week Spring Cohort Experience workshop, which enhances students’ literacy in NOAA Fisheries related disciplines, creates a network of students from center institutions, and fosters communication among them that continues beyond the workshop.

Theses and Dissertations from FY 16 Award: Twenty-three (23) theses and dissertations listed below were produced by the Center including 8 Ph.Ds. and 15 M.S.

  1. Stephanie Martinez-Rivera (2018). Reproductive biology of the female red deep-sea crab, Chaceon quinquedens (Smith, 1878) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  2. Emily Griffin (2018). Examining stock structure of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) through photo-identification and genetic analyses. M.S. thesis, Savannah State University
  3. Ammar Hanif (2019). Diet and microbiota of Gulf menhaden, a key forage filter feeding fish species. Ph.D. Dissertation, Univ. of Maryland Center for Environ. Science-IMET.
  4. Andre L. Price (2019). Comparing localized feeding ecology of Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) at natural and artificial reefs using gut content and stable isotope analyses.  M.S. thesis, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  5. Brian Galvez (2019). Trophic ecology of juvenile weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) in the Delaware Bay using stable isotope and stomach content analyses.  M.S. thesis, Delaware State University.
  6. Angie Munguia (2019). Feeding ecology and food web linkages of yearling Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) migrating through the Lower Columbia River and Estuary. M.S. thesis. Oregon State University.
  7. Rebecca Wenker (2019).  Sea whip coral (Leptogorgia virgulata) in the mid-Atlantic Bight: Colony complexity, age, and growth. M.S. thesis, Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore
  8. Matthew Ramirez (2019). It’s in their bones: ecological drivers of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) somatic growth and population dynamics. Ph.D. thesis. Oregon State University.
  9. Jorge J. Rodriguez (2019). Use of glycan epitopes to characterize Mytilus edulis hemocytes and their molecular interactions with Proctoeces maculatus and Himasthla quissetensis.  Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  10. Cara Schweitzer (2019). The effects of commercial trap fishing on benthic structural habitat and fish abundance in the Mid-Atlantic: Case study of Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  11. Nicole Kleponis (2019). Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata), Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata), and Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) Winter Habitat Associations in Delaware Bay. M.S. thesis. Delaware State University.
  12. Detbra Rosales (2020).  Assessing the microbial, phytoplankton community and associated water quality in the Delaware and Maryland Coastal Bays. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  13. Amanda Lawrence (2020). Investigating morphometric and physiological maturity alongside insulin-like androgenic gland expression and size of male C. borealis in Southern New England.  M.S. thesis, University of Maryland Center for Environ. Science-IMET.
  14. Cristin Mayes (2020). An ecosystem-based modeling approach towards the development of a predator-prey growth model for Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Menhaden in the Mid-Atlantic. M.S. thesis, Hampton University.
  15. Amanda Pappas (2020). Winter bloom dynamics and molecular analysis of benthic sediments for the toxic dinoflagellate, Dinophysis acuminata, at Torquay Canal Rehoboth Bay, Delaware, USA. M.S. thesis, Delaware State University.
  16. Davielle Drayton (2020).  Microplastic accumulation at oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs in Savannah, GA. M.S. thesis. Savannah State University
  17. Josette McLean (2020).  Optimization of DNA extraction and PCR methods for Pacific lamprey gut content analysis. M.S. thesis, Hampton University.
  18. Enid C. Munoz-Ruiz (2020). Assessment of microplastic fibers in Placopecten magellanicus. M.S. thesis, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  19. Wilmelie Cruz-Marrero (2020). Utilizing a camera sled for assessment of benthic resources: Estimating community diversity in Maryland, and population status of queen conch in Puerto Rico. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  20. Halie O’Farrell (2021). Modeling shark bycatch mitigation strategies in longline fisheries. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Miami, RSMAS.
  21. Keala Pelekai (2021). Evaluation of Pacific Lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus anatomical structures as records. M.S. thesis. Oregon State University.
  22. Savannah M. Geiger (2021).  An analysis of distribution and abundance of microplastics in water and sediments from the Lower Wassaw Sound Estuary and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.  M.S. thesis, Savannah State University.
  23. Sierra Hildebrandt (2021). Investigating the impacts of oyster-conditioned-water on Crassostrea virginica larval direct setting efficiency. M.S. thesis, Hampton University.

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Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)

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