MEES News, July 2012

Student News:

College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Dean's Fellowships were awarded to MEES doctoral candidatesJessica FauxRebecca LazarusJeremy TestaKimberly Vest and Aaron Watson.

Jennifer Bosch, a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Michael Kemp, and Nicole Mehaffie, an M.S. student working with Dr. Thomas Miller, have been selected as a National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship finalists. Both will work as executive branch fellows during 2013. 

The research of MEES doctoral candidate Rebecca Lazarus (working under Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger) was highlighted on the front page of the Baltimore Sun on July 10. See

Jan Vicente (MEES doctoral student working with Dr. Russell Hill) has been awarded a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship. This Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research. The scholarship provides substantial support for Jan's graduate studies over the next three years.

Lisa Wilt, MEES M.S. student working with Dr. Jacqueline Grebmeier, was awarded a College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Merit Fellowship.

Recent Publications:

Fortunato, C. S., Herfort, L., Zuber, P., Baptista, A. M., & Crump, B. C. (2012). Spatial variability overwhelms seasonal patterns in bacterioplankton communities across a river to ocean gradient. Isme J., 6(3), 554–563.

Laughinghouse IV, HD; Prá, D; Silva-Stenico, ME; Rieger, A; Frescura, VD-S; Fiore, MF; Tedesco, SB. Monitoring the Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity of Microcystis aeruginosa (Chroococcales, Cyanobacteria) by the Allium cepa test. Science of the Total Environment 432: 180-188.

Moore, E. K., Nunn, B. L., Goodlett, D. R., & Harvey, H. R. (2012). Identifying and tracking proteins through the marine water column: Insights into the inputs and preservation mechanisms of protein in sediments. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 83, 324–359.

Watson, A.M., Kissil, G.Wm., Barrows, F.T., Place, A.R. 2012. Developing a plant-based diet for Cobia Rachycentron canadum. International Aquafeed. 15:1, 34-38.

Alumni News:

Amy Horneman (2001 MEES Ph.D. under Dr. J. Glenn Morris) was quoted in Times-Georgian, May 28, 2012 in a story on a strain of bacteria, Aeromonas hydrophila, that caused the flesh eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis, which nearly killed a University of West Georgia student. Amy is currently the Chief of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics, Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System's Medical Center.

MEES alumni Josh Newhard (M.S. in 2009 under Drs. Joseph Love and Douglas Ruby) was quoted in a June 4, 2012 Washington Post article entitled "Contest removes loads of snakeheads from Potomac." In discussing the snakehead populations, the article stated, "Female snakeheads are thought to carry an average of 400 eggs. But four days ago, Josh Newhard, a fish biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, found one with 1,000 eggs after electrifying the water to test stunned fish. That was the most we’ve ever recorded," he said. "It means removing these females could potentially have an impact."

Faculty News:

Dr. Lora Harris has been appointed as a Member-At-Large on the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) governing board. AERS is the regional affiliate society for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).

Dr. Allen Place, a professor and biochemist with the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, was honored with President's Award for Science Application by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Dr. Place was recognized for his biological research that takes diverse approaches to address many practical problems, from the causes of toxic algal blooms and ways they can be controlled to formulating sustainable foods used to cultivate fish in aquaculture.