MEES News, February 2013

Congratulations to December 2012 MEES Graduates:

Ph.D. - Leah Beckett, Kenneth Belt, Caroline Fortunato, William Gardner, Lonnie Gonsalves, Yun Li, Adam Peer

M.S. - Whitney Dyson, Ammar Hanif, Momoko Ishikawa, Courtney McGeachy, Bhae-Jin Peemoeller, Sirinart Techa

Student News:

Jennifer Bosch, a doctoral candidate working with Dr. W. Michael Kemp, will spend a year as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship recipient at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Jen will be a program analyst in NOAA’s Office of Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes. She will learn about the agency’s scientific activities and research and its labs, communicating with both the upper levels of NOAA engaged in policymaking and lab directors and scientists conducting actual research.

Caroline Coulter was awarded the 2013 Ruth Mathes Scholarship to study trace metal speciation in coal combustion byproduct effluent. Working wth Dr. Johan Schijf, she will be studying trace metals originating from power plants’ coal combustion byproduct (CCB), the solid product produced during coal combustion. Recent emissions-controlling processes employed in coal combustion have increased the amount of CCB produced, as well as its enrichment with trace metals. They will be looking specifically at the CCB placed in surface coal mines in Allegany and Garrett Counties in western Maryland.

In mid-March, Yuan-yuan Xu will be joining Dr. Johan Schijf and Dr. Hali Kilbourne to do field work in Anegada, British Virgin Islands.  Along with two graduate students from the University of Puerto Rico, they will be coring coral boulders washed ashore in either a large hurricane or during a tsunami. Yuan-yuan and Hali will be using the chemistry of these cores to reconstruct the climate of the region during the time of coral growth. The corals washed ashore during an important period Earth's climate known as the Medieval Climate anomaly and we will be comparing our record of Northern Caribbean climate with similar records from the Pacific to test the hypothesis that changes in the Pacific El Niño phenomenon caused the climate perturbation of the Medieval Climate Anomaly. This study contributes to our understanding of the magnitude and causes of natural climate variability, something we need for accurate climate predictions. 

Recent Publications:

Fertig, B. M., Carruthers, T. J. B., & Dennison, W. C. (2013). Oyster deltaN-15 as a Bioindicator of Potential Wastewater and Poultry Farming Impacts and Degraded Water Quality in a Subestuary of Chesapeake Bay. J. Coast. Res., In Press.

Fertig, B. M., O’Neil, J. M., Beckert, K. A., Cain, C. J., Needham, D. M., Carruthers, T. J. B., et al. (2013). Elucidating terrestrial nutrient sources to a coastal lagoon, Chincoteague Bay, Maryland, USA. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 116: 1-10.

Harvey, R.H., Taylor, K.A., Fink, H.V and Mitchelmore, C.L.  Organic Contaminants in Chukchi Sea Biota and Sediments and its Toxicological Response in the Arctic cod, Boreogadus saida. Deep Sea Research.

Kaushal, Sujay S.; Belt, Kenneth T. 2012. The urban watershed continuum: evolving spatial and temporal dimensions. Urban Ecosystems. 15: 409-435.

Keller, D. P., & Hood, R. R. (2013). Comparative simulations of dissolved organic matter cycling in idealized oceanic, coastal, and estuarine surface waters. J. Mar. Syst., 109, 109–128.

Lozano, C. and Houde, E. D. 2013. Factors contributing to variability in larval ingress of Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 118: 1-10. 

Miller, DA, JD Nichols, BA McClintock, EHC Grant, LL Bailey, L Weir. Improving estimates of occupancy when two forms of observation error occur: non-detection and species misidentification. In press, Ecology.

Albert Neutznera, Sunan Li, Shan Xu, Mariusz Karbowski. The ubiquitin/proteasome system-dependent control of mitochondrial steps in Apoptosis. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 23 (2012) 499– 508

Rochelle-Newall, E.J., Torreton, J.P., Mari, X., Pringault, O. Phytoplankton-bacterioplankton coupling in the coastal sub-tropical South Pacific. Aquatic Microbial Ecology (in press)

Rochelle-Newall E., Rouchon C., Mari X., Torréton JP. and Pringault O. Zinc induces shifts in microbial carbon flux. Aquatic Microbial Ecology (in press)

Smalley, G.W., D.W. Coats, D.K. Stoecker.  Influence of inorganic nutrients, irraniance, and time of day on food uptake by the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Neoceratium furca. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 68:29-41(2012). Doi: 10.3354/ame01599

Suarez-Rubio, M; Lookingbill, TR; Wainger, LA (2012): Modeling exurban development near Washington, DC, USA: comparison of a pattern-based model and a spatially-explicit econometric model. Landscape Ecol. 2012; 27(7): 1045-1061.

Suarez-Rubio, M; Lookingbill, TR; Elmore, AJ (2012): Exurban development derived from Landsat from 1986 to 2009 surrounding the District of Columbia, USA. Remote Sens Environ. 2012; 124: 360-370

Sutton, A.J. (2012): Everyday scientists: High school poets, home brewers, and scuba divers. Sources: The Journal of Underwater Education, 24(4), 56–57.

Woodland, R., D. H. Secor, M. C. Fabrizio, and M. J. Wilberg.  2012.  Comparing the nursery role of inner continental shelf and estuarine habitats for temperate marine fishes. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 99:61-73

Alumni News:

Thomas Bianchi, MEES Ph.D. in 1987 under Drs. Donald Rice and Rodger Dawson, has been elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.  Dr. Bianchi is currently the James R. Whatley Chair in Geosciences and Professor, Chemical Section, in the Department of Oceanography, at Texas A & M University.

Courtney McGeachy (MEES M.S. 2012) accepted a position as Grant Administrator for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, DC.

Faculty News:

Dr. Patricia Glibert, a Professor at the Horn Point Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Glibert is internationally renowned in the field of marine ecological research, particularly regarding the harmful effects of algal blooms and the effects of nutrient pollution on coastal marine ecosystems, such as the Chesapeake Bay.