MEES News, September 2012

Congratulations to August 2012 MEES Graduates:
Ph.D. – Zhiliang Chen, H. Dail Laughinghouse, Diann Prosser, Margaret Sexton, Verena Starke
M.S. – Christian Conroy, Laura Gemery, Adam Schlenger, Brianne Walsh, Kimberly Webb, Lisa Wilt, Jin Xu

Student News:

Dot Lundberg, MEES doctoral student working with Brian Needelman, received a 2012 Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies. Along with her advisor, Dot also was awarded a Maryland Water Resources Grant.

Robert Sabo, MEES student working with Dr. Keith Eshleman, has been awarded a two-year EPA STAR Fellowship to work on water quality in Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Recent Publications:

Cynthia J. Bashore, Hillary A. LaneKennedy T. Paynter, Mike Naylor, James R. Harding, David C. Love. 2012. Analysis of marine police citations and judicial decisions for illegal harvesting of oysters (Crassostrea virginica, Gmelin 1791) in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, United States from 1959 to 2010. J. Shellfish Res. 31(3): 591-598.

Eisenreich, K.M. and C.L. Rowe. 2012. In press. Experimental embryonic exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers BDE-47 and BDE-99 in red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) and snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) and species-specific differences in debromination. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Eisenreich, K.M., Dean KM, Ottinger MA, and C.L. Rowe. 2012. Comparative effects of in ovo exposure to sodium perchlorate on development, growth, metabolism, and thyroid function in the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) and red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology C 56:166-170.

Fertig, B.J.M. O'NeilK.A. Beckert, C.J. Cain, D.M. Needham, T.J.B. Carruthers, W.C. Dennison. In Press. Elucidating terrestrial nutrient sources to a coastal lagoon, Chincoteague Bay, Maryland, USA, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2012),

Newcomer, T. A.Kaushal, S. S., Mayer, P. M., Shields, A. R., Canuel, E. A., Groffman, P. M., and A. J. Gold (2012), Influence of natural and novel organic carbon sources on denitrification in forested, degraded-urban, and restored streams, Ecological Monographs, doi:10.1890/12-0458.1.

Pincin (Barkman), J.S., and M.J. Wilberg. 2012. Surplus Production Model Accuracy in Populations Affected by a No-Take Marine Protected Area. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 4: 511-525.

Joseph S PitulaWhitney D DysonHabibul B Bakht, Ihuoma Njoku and Feng Chen. 2012. Temporal distribution of genetically homogenous 'free-living' Hematodinium sp. in a Delmarva coastal ecosystem. Aquatic Biosystems 8:16 doi:10.1186/2046-9063-8-16

Thorson, J.T., Branch, T.A., and O.P. Jensen. 2012. Using model-based inference to evaluate global fisheries status from landings, location and life history data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 69:645-655.

Zoll A.M. and J. Schijf (2012) A surface complexation model of YREE sorption on Ulva lactuca in 0.05-5.0 M NaCl solutions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, doi:

Alumni News:

Lisa Kerr (MEES 2008 Ph.D. under Dr. David Secor) was awarded the 2010 W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists for her paper, Kerr, L.A., S.X. Cadrin, and D.H. Secor. 2010. The role of spatial dynamics in the stability, resilience, and productivity of fish populations: An evaluation based on white perch in the Chesapeake Bay. Ecological Applications 20: 497-507. This is a national competition for papers in fisheries and aquatic sciences and represents the third time a MEES PhD student has received this award (Richard Kraus, 2005; Edwin Niklitschek, 2006).

Faculty News:

Dr. Raymond Hoff received The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Distinguished Public Service Medal (DPSM). The DPSM serves as NASA's "highest form of recognition that is awarded to any non-Government individual or to an individual who was not a Government employee during the period in which the service was performed, whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally contributed to NASA's advancement of United States' interests," according to the agency's website. Hoff received his medal "for distinguished service and leadership in Earth observations and their application for societal benefit."