Past Intern Projects


2020 - All 2020 PEARL Interns Worked Remotely

  • Anjali Gulati from Morgan State University - "Recreational Boating in Maryland: Exploring the Unment Needs of Mid-Atlantic Transient Boaters and Marina Facilities" (Mentors: Kaitlynn Ritchie and Dr. Scott Knoche) (Watch Anjali's Final Presentation Here)
  • Anna Richey from Juniata College - "Expenditures by Recreational Anglers on Stocked Trout FIshing Trips" (Mentors: Dr. Scott Knoche and Kaitlynn Ritchie) (Watch Anna's Final Presentation Here)


2019

  • Habibah Oladosu from Morgan State University - "Effects of Biodeposit Resuspension on Zooplankton Abundance" (Mentor: Dr. Elka Porter)
  • Maya Purnell from Morgan State University - "Identifying Low Salinity Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) to Develop Superior Oyster Lines" (Mentors: Dr. Ming Liu and Amber DeMarr)


2018


2017

  • Nikelene Mclean from Morgan State University - "The Spatial Distribution Patterns of the Chrysaora quinquecirrha in the Patuxent River Waterscape Using Adaptive Resolution Imaging Sonar (ARIS)" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)


2016

  • Heather Franz from the University of Baltimore - "The Effect of Biodeposit Resuspension on Zooplankton: A Study in the Shear Turbulence Resuspension Mesocosm (STURM)"(Mentor: Dr. Elka Porter)
  • Eric Robins from the University of Maryland Baltimore County - "The Effect of Oyster Biodeposit Resuspension on Water Quality" (Mentor: Dr. Elka Porter)
  • Anna Lienesch from Eckerd College - "Comparison of Crab Pots With and Without Turtle Excluders" (Mentor: Adam Copeland)
  • Brooke Haas from Old Dominion University - "Molting Stages of the Blue Crab in Relation to Weight" (Mentor: Adam Copeland)
  • Mariah Gugel from St. Mary's College - "Increasing the Setting Efficiency of Crassostrea virginica Larvae" (Mentor: Rebekah Borgert)
  • Samantha Waby from Roanoke College - "Comparing Performance and Economics of Feeding Methods for Oyster Larvae Using Different Micro-Algal Diets" (Mentor: Rebekah Borgert)
  • Courtney Mattson from the University of Maryland Baltimore County - "Summer 2016 Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in Patuxent River and Related Systems" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Niki Mouganis from Christopher Newport University - "Mesozooplankton and Gelatinous Zooplankton in Local Waters" (Mentor: Marcia Olson)
  • Han Zhou from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - "The Analysis of the Maryland Non-Tidal Angler Preference Survey" (Mentor: Dr. Scott Knoche)


2015

  • Anna Lienesch from Eckerd College - "2015 Summer Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in St. Leonard Creek and Adjacent Patuxent River" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Oluwaseun Akinterinwa from Morgan State University - "The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Fundulus heteroclitus respiration" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Marvin Thomas from Morgan State University - "Investigating Benthic Erosion of Oyster Biodeposits in Marine Ecosystems" (Mentor: Dr. Elka Porter)
  • James Lee from St. Francis University - "Tidal Relations to Blue Crab Population Dynamics" (Mentor: Adam Copeland)
  • Kylie Curtis from St. Mary's College - "Nursery and Grow-out Research for True Chesapeake Oyster Company AND Effects of Initial Seapa Pod Stocking Densities on Growth of Crassostrea virginica Juveniles in Ridge, MD" (Mentors: Dr. Chunlei Fan and Richard Lacouture)
  • Heather Franz from the University of Baltimore - "The Effect of Oyster Biodeposit Resuspension on Ecosystem Processes" (Mentor: Dr. Elka Porter)
  • Jessy Cockrell from Mary Washington University - "Zooplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove, St. Leonard Creek and Patuxent River" (Mentor: Marcia Olson)


2014

  • Simone Wright from Hood College - "An Analysis of the Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Population's Size Distribution in the Middle Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River" (Mentor: J Hixson)
  • Dylan Kletter from the University of Maryland - "Top-Down Regulation of Plankton Populations in Mackall Cove, St. Leonard Creek and Patuxent River: Water Quality and Gelatinous Zooplankton and Fish" (Mentors: Richard Lacouture and Marcia Olson)
  • Nicole Fennelly from St. Mary's College - "Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove, St. Leonard Creek and Patuxent River" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Rezia Braza from Morgan State University - "The Unseen Animals: Summer 2014 Zooplankton Populations in St. Leonard's Waters" (Mentor: Marica Olson)
  • Emma Danz from Ursinus College - "Blue Crab Predation on Juvenile Oysters: the Effect of Substrate on Oyster Survival" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Gloria Akpabla from Morgan State University - "Effects of Acidification on Oyster Feeding" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)


2013

  • Emily Lovelace from Hood College - "Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove 2005-2013" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)
  • Nancy Holt from Brown University - "Evaluation of Waste Concrete Road Materials for Use in Oyster Restoration" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Danielle Franklin from Hollins University - "Blue Crab Population Dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River from 1968-2011" (Mentor: J Hixson)
  • Yehnara Ettinoffe from Morgan State University - "Inducible Defenses Exhibitied by Hooked Mussels in Response to Native and Naïve Predators" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)


2012

  • Victor Thornton from the Virginia Commonwealth University - "Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Coliform Bacteria in Saint Leonard Creek Summer 2012" (Mentors: Bill Yates and Dr. Chuneli Fan)
  • Shaniqua Gladney from Morgan State University - "Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove, Summer 2012" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)
  • Sara Mack from the University of Maryland (College Park) - "Alternative Materials: Assessment of Recycled Concrete Aggregate for Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Gordon Dinnall from Morgan State University - "Development of an Oyster Hatchery Business Plan" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Josh Miller from the University of Maryland (Baltimore) - "Trotline and Aquaculture Lease Bottom Interactions" (Mentors: J Hixson and Bill Yates)
  • Matt Miller from Frostburg State University - "Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Bait Preference" (Mentor: J Hixson)
  • Shefali Shah- University of Maryland (College Park) - "Using Barley Straw to Inhibit Algal Growth" (Mentor: Stella Sellner)


2011

  • Kevin McEligot from Hampden-Sydney College - "Water Quality for the Patuxent River, Mackall Cove and St. Leonard Creek in 2011" (Mentor: Stella Sellner)
  • Corinne Ramson from Hood College - "Water Spectral Reflectance and its Relationship to Phytoplankton Biomass and Composition in Mackall Cove" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)
  • Shekhar Karki from Morgan State University - "Spatial and Temporal Distribution of CDOM and TSS in St. Leonard Creek, MD" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)
  • Blaire Umhau from the University of Miami - "Phytoplankton Survey of St. Leonard Creek" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Kevin McEligot from Hampden-Sydney College - "Microzooplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove, St. Leonard Creek, and the Patuxent River, Summer 2011" (Mentor: Stella Sellner)
  • Kaisha Hazel from Morgan State University - "Mesozooplankton and Gelatinous Zooplankton in Mackall Cove, St. Leonard Creek, and the Patuxent River" (Mentor: Marcia Olson)
  • Paula Riner from St. Mary's College of Maryland - "The Effect of Cold Storage on the Setting of Crassostrea virginica" (Mentor: Ann Marie Hartsig)
  • Tanaira Cullens from Morgan State University - "Evaluation of Waste Concrete Road Material for Use in Oyster Aquaculture" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Jess Howard from the University of Maryland - "Performance of Triploid Oysters in Low Salinity Waters" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Matt Miller from Frostburg State University - "Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Bait Preference" (Mentor: J Hixson)


2010

  • Brian Dresser from Rensslelaer Polytechnic Institute - "Comparing Growth Rates of Plankton: LED vs. Fluorescent Lighting" (Mentors: Phillip Morrin and Ann Marie Hartsig)
  • Robbie Bourdon from St. Mary's College - "A Survey of Easter Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Quality on Patuxent River Oyster Bars" (Mentor: Phillip Morrin)
  • Kara Benton from St. Mary's College - "Effect of PAH Exposure on Crassostrea virginica Fertilization Success" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Kevin McEligot from Hampden-Sydney College - "PAH Effects on Embryonic Transformation to D-Stage Larvae of Crassostrea virginica" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Kemi Adeyinka from Morgan State University - "The Spectral Analysis of Phytoplankton Pigmentation for Remote Sensing Applications" (Mentors: Dr. Chunlei Fan and Rob Warner)
  • Thomas Coffren from the University of Miami - "Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove and the Patuxent River, Summer 2010" (Mentor: Ann Marie Hartsig)
  • Yasaun Young from Morgan State University - "Distribution and Abundance of Mesozooplankton in Mackall Cove and Adjacent Waters of the Patuxent River" (Mentor: Marcia Olson)
  • Diane Parker from Morgan State University - "Methods od Collecting Data with Bluetooth Technology" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)


2009

  • Alexis Jackson from Morgan State University - "Effects of Erosion Control Structures on Nearshore Communities" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Ivana Terry from the University of Maryland - "Shrink the Facility's Footprint by Using Sustainable Technology" (Mentors: Dr. Kelly Clark and Bill Yates)
  • David Farkas from St. Mary's College - "Bottom Cage Oyster Aquaculture" (Mentors: Dr. Mark Bundy and Dr. Kelly Clark)
  • Catherine Meh from Morgan State University - "Comparison of Dermo Infection Intensity and Prevalence in Cultchless and Spat-on-Shell Oysters" (Mentors: Dr. Kelly Clarke and George Abbe)
  • Jana Langley from McDaniel College - "The Progression of Perkinsus marinus Intensity" (Mentors: J Hixson and George Abbe)
  • Anthony Hancock from Frostburg State University - "Fishes of Jefferson Patterson Park and Patuxent River" (Mentor: J Hixson)
  • Thomas Coffren from the University of Miami - "Phytoplankton Population Dynamics in Mackall Cove" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Janine Jemmot from Morgan State University - "The Dynamics of Mesozooplankton & Gelatinous Zooplankton in Mackall Cove for Summer 2009" (Mentors: Richard Lacouture and Marcia Olson)
  • Elena Egorova from St. Mary's College - "The Effect of Surface Runoff and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Crassostrea virginica Larvae Settlement" (Mentor: Dr. Jon Anderson)


2008

  • Jana Langley from McDaniel College - "Prevalence and Intensity of Perkinsus marinus on the Gatton Oyster Bar" (Mentor: George Abbe)
  • Alison Weigel from the College of William & Mary - "Effects of Erosion Conrol Structures on Nearshore Communities" (Mentor: Dr. Kelly Clark) AND "Microzooplankton Species Composition in Mackall Cove and Their Relationship to Other Trophic Levels" (Mentor: Stella Sellner)
  • Samantha Watters from the University of Maryland - "The Cove Project: Picoplankton Population and Nutrient Analysis" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Tina Rey Santos from the University of Maryland - "Evaluating the Mesozooplankton Population and Grazing Rates in the Mackall Cove" (Mentors: Dr. Jon Anderson and Richard Lacouture)
  • Anya Ector-Joseph from Morgan State University - "Dilution and Grazing Experiments in Mackall Cove" (Mentor: Dr. Jon Anderson)
  • Elaine Bautista from Morgan State University - "The Effect of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) on Water Reflectance Spectra in the Mackall Cove" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)
  • Charlene Monu from Morgan State University - "Estimating Phytoplankton Biomass and Group Composition by Water Reflectance Spectra in the Mackall Cove" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)


2005 - 2007

  • Femi Ogunjinmi from Morgan State University - "Daily Microzooplankton Abundance and Species Composition in Mackall Cove and Potential Relationships to Other Trophic Levels" (Mentor: Stella Sellner)
  • Holly Gabries from Juniata College - "Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Applications in Delaware and Maryland" (Mentor: Dr. Chunlei Fan)
  • Steve Beck from Juniata College - "Temporal Variability of Phytoplankton Species Composition in a Mesohaline System" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)
  • Emily Brownlee from Calvert High School - "The Chesapeake Bay Native (Crassostrea virginica) and Non-Native (Crassostrea ariakensis) Oysters and the Effects of an Increasing Water Quality Problem, Algal Blooms" (Mentors: George Abbe and Stella Sellner)
  • Viani Kamleau from St. Mary's College - "Phytoplankton Taxonomic Composition and its Relationship with Water Relfectance Spectra in Mackall Cove, Patuxent River" (Mentors: Dr. Chunlei Fan and Ann Marie Hartsig)
  • Bethany Remeniuk from York College - "Microcystis aeruginosa and its role in releasing phosphorous from sediments by altering hte pH levels in the surrounding waters" (Mentor: Dr. Jon Anderson)
  • Samantha Watters from the University of Maryland - "Picoplankton in Mackall Cove - The effect of phosphorous levels on the general population and its relative proportion ot the total phytoplankton biomass" (Mentor: Richard Lacouture)