Kaitlynn Wade

NOAA-EPP LMRCSC Master’s Fellow 
M.S., Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Science, Graduated December 2023

Kaitlynn Wade received her bachelor’s degree from Samford University in the fall of 2020. In 2023, she graduated with her Master’s degree from the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, studying the spatial distribution and environmental preferences of Jonah and Atlantic rock crabs. Kaitlynn will now work as a faculty research assistant mentored by Dr. Michael Wilberg at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, evaluating the impacts of oyster restoration on key Chesapeake Bay species and helping with the Maryland oyster stock assessment.

Research Theme: Stock Assessment

NOAA LMRCSC Fellows attain the NOAA Core Competencies detailed in this rubric.

NERTO Project Title:  Low Recruitment in US South Atlantic Reef Fish

NOAA Mentor: Dr. Kevin Craig and Dr. Kyle Shertzer– NOAA SEFSC, Beaufort, NC

Academic Advisors: Drs. Dan Cullen and Michael Wilburg


  1. Wade, K., Wilberg, M., Cullen, D. Influence of environmental factors on distributions of Jonah and Atlantic rock crabs. Oral. American Fisheries Society, Grand Rapids MI. Aug. 20-24, 2023. Oral
  2. Wade, K.J.; Shertzer, K.W.; Craig, K.J.; Williams, E.H. 2023. Correlations in recruitment patterns of Atlantic reef fishes off the southeastern United States based on multi-decadal estimates from stock assessmentsRegional Studies in Marine Science, 102736 (57)
  3. Wade KJ, Shertzer KW, Craig KJ, Williams EH. 2022. Analyzing Low Recruitment in ten species of US South Atlantic Reef Fish. Presented at the LMRCSC Graduate Seminar Series. December 16, 2022. Princess Anne, MD. Oral
  4. Wade K., Cullen D., Wilberg M., May E. 2022. Effects of environmental factors on Jonah and Atlantic rock crab distributions in the northwest Atlantic. Presented at the MEES colloquium. November 18, 2022. Baltimore, MD. Oral

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
(410) 651-7870
Award numbers: FY 2021 Award #NA21SEC4810005
Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)

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