Benjamin Frey

NOAA-EPP LMRCSC Master’s Graduate
M.S., Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Science
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – CBL

Benjamin Frey is a master’s graduate of the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science. Frey studied ecological systems and fisheries biology at the Chesapeake Biological Lab. Co-advised by Dr. Rose Jagus and Dr. David Secor, the graduate’s research focused on monkfish age validation using hard part analysis of known-age cohorts. His research sought to support age-structured assessments and allow fisheries managers to make well-informed assessments of stock status on which to build sound management practices. 

Frey has successfully completed two internships. In 2016, he participated in a summer internship at the University of Michigan and in 2018, he completed an internship at IMET in Baltimore, MD. The new scientist is now a 2022 fellow in the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program in the 43rd class of one of the most prestigious marine policy fellowships in the U.S.

Ben graduated from Morgan State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

NERTO Project Title:  Validation of age and growth estimates of New England and Mid-Atlantic demersal fishes using microstructural analysis of hard parts

NOAA Mentor: Dr. Anne Richards, NOAA NEFSC, Woods Hole, MA

Academic Advisor: Dr. Rose Jagus and Dr. David Secor


  1. Frey, B.A., Secor, D., Richards, A., Jagus, R., Piccoli, P., Lyubchich, V., Sluis, M., & Miller, N. Age validation using periodicity of annulus formation and hardpart microconstituents in black sea bass (Centropristis striata), 151st Annual Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD, November 2021. Oral PowerPoint Presentation.
  2. Frey, B.A., Secor, D., Richards, A., & Jagus, R. NERTO Mentee Testimonial. Leadership Initiative for Networking and Collaboration Conference, Virtual, April 2021. Oral PowerPoint Presentation.
  3. Frey, B.A., Secor, D., Richards, A., & Jagus, R. Monkfish Age Validation Using Hardpart Analysis of Known-age Cohorts. NOAA LMRCSC 2020 Virtual Science Meeting, MD, April 2020. Oral PowerPoint Presentation.

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
(410) 651-7870
Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)

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