MEES News, May 2012

Congratulations to May 2012 MEES Graduates: 
Ph.D. – Yonghui Gao, Bradd Haley, Sara Lombardi, Adam Tulu
M.S. – Jinna Choi, Emily Stefansson, Katherine Ziombra

Student News:

MEES Ph.D. student Jeanette Davis was awarded First Prize for the graduate student oral presentation in the "NOAA Healthy Oceans" category at the NOAA-Educational Partnership Program's Education and Science Forum in March. Her talk about sea slugs as a source of anti-cancer compounds was based on some of her research with her advisor Dr. Russell Hill.

Crystal Romeo, a MEES doctoral student working with Dr. Amir Sapkota, was awarded a first place for her poster presentation at UMCP's Graduate Research Interaction Day. Crystal's poster, Indicators for Examining Potential Chronic Respiratory Effects of Climate Change, was in the Assessing Environmental and Energy Issues theme division. On April 24th, 2012, Crystal was invited to attend an event at the White House where EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson was the guest moderator in discussing women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). She was interviewed by the BET news network about her passion for the sciences and environment: http://www.bet.com/video/newsbriefs/brief/news-women-contribute-to-science-interviews.html. Over the summer she will progress in her doctoral research aiming to quantify the effects of climate change on the exacerbation of asthma while working as a Guest Researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics. 

Recent Publications:

Kimberly Anderson and Kevin R. Sowers. 2012. Desiccation as a Long-Term Survival Mechanism for the archaeon Methanosarcina barkeri. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78: 1473-1479.

King, D. M.Hagan, P. T., Riggio, M., & Wright, D. A. (2012). Preview of global ballast water treatment markets. J. Mar. Eng. Technol., 11(1), 3–15.

Mylonas, C.C., Zohar, Y., Pankhurst, N., Kagawa, H. and Chang, C.F. (in press). Reproduction and broodstock management in Sparidae. In: Sparidea: Biology and Aquaculture (M. Pavlidis and C.C. Mylonas, eds).

Woodland, R. J., 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. 

Faculty News:

Dr. Michael Kemp has been awarded the University System of Maryland's highest honor, the Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence, in recognition of outstanding research in the fields of ecology, marine science, and environmental science. A leader in his field, Dr. Kemp has had a major influence on our knowledge of why the Chesapeake Bay and coastal ecosystems around the world have degraded and how they can be recovered.


Commencement 2012 Photos

Check out a few pics from the Spring 2012 UMCP Commencement!