MEES News, June 2013

MEES News June 2013

Congratulations to May 2013 MEES Graduates:

Ph.D. - Kristi Shaw, Jindong Zan

M.S. - Hakme Lee, Belita Nguluwe

Student News:

Dana Bunnell-Young, a doctoral candidate under Dr. Tom Fisher, was award a 2013-2015 NSF Dissertation Award for her MEES dissertation on anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to denitrification in the Choptank Basin (MD USA). Dana was also awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant.

John Gardner, MEES M.S. student working with Dr. Tom Fisher, has been awarded a Maryland Water Resources Research Center Summer Fellowship and a grant from the Izaak Walton League.  John’s research involves the role of streams in nitrogen fluxes from watersheds in the Choptank River basin.

Tamara Newcomer, a MEES doctoral candidate working with Dr. Sujay Kaushal, has been awarded a 2014 Knauss Fellowship.

Recent Publications:

Brady, D. C., Testa, J. M., Di Toro, D. M., Boynton, W. R., & Kemp, W. M. (2013). Sediment flux modeling: Calibration and application for coastal systems. Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci., 117, 107–124.

Codispoti, L. A., Kelly, V., Thessen, A., Matrai, P., Suttles, S., Hill, V., et al. (2013). Synthesis of primary production in the Arctic Ocean: III. Nitrate and phosphate based estimates of net community production. Prog. Oceanogr., 110, 126–150.

Eisenreich, K. M., & Rowe, C. L. (2013). Experimental exposure of eggs to polybrominated diphenyl ethers BDE-47 and BDE-99 in red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) and snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) and possible species-specific differences in debromination. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 32(2), 393–400.

Kazyak, D.C., R.H. Hilderbrand, and A.E. Holloway. 2013. Rapid visual assessment to determine sex in brook trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:665-668.

Lloyd, S. S., Elliott, D. T., & Roman, M. R. (2013). Egg production by the copepod, Eurytemora affinis, in Chesapeake Bay turbidity maximum regions. J. Plankton Res., 35(2), 299–308

Schlenger, A.J., E. North, Y. Li, K.A. Smith, and D.H. Secor. 2013. Modeling the influence of hypoxia on the potential habitat of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus): a comparison of two methods. Marine Ecology Progress Series 483: 257-272

Setterfield S, N.A. Rossiter-Rachor, M.M. Douglas, L.A. Wainger, K.B. Ferdinands, A. Petty, I.J. Shepherd, P. Barrow. 2013. Adding fuel to the fire: The impacts of non-native grass invasion on fire management at a regional scale. PLoS ONE 8(5): e59144. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059144

Stefansson, E. S., Heyes, A., & Rowe, C. L. (2013). Accumulation of dietary methylmercury and effects on growth and survival in two estuarine forage fish: Cyprinodon variegatus and Menidia beryllina. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 32(4), 848–856.

Zuria, I., & Gates, J. E. (2013). Community composition, species richness, and abundance of birds in field margins of central Mexico: local and landscape-scale effects. Agrofor. Syst., 87(2), 377–393.

Alumni News:

Renee Gruber (M.S. degree under Dr. Michael Kemp) is currently at the University of Western Australia working on her Ph.D. investigating physical controls on nutrients and productivity of coral reef ecosystems. Following receipt of her MEES degree, Renee took a position working in Sydney, Australia at the New South Wales Office of the Environment and Heritage, Estuaries and Catchments Unit, where she worked for studying estuarine seagrasses and their responses to eutrophication and climatic forces.  In August 2012 she matriculated into the School of Earth and the Environment at the University of Western Australia, with Professor Ryan Lowe serving has her research advisor. Visit her website at

Faculty News:

Dr. Keith Eshleman, an expert in the field of watershed hydrology, has been honored by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science with the President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science. Eshleman was recognized for his leadership in preparing a landmark report on best management practices for unconventional natural gas extraction, also known as fracking, as part of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative established by Governor Martin O'Malley.