Andrew Turner

Facilities Manager
Office Location: 
Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory 10545 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685

As the facility manager of the PEARL Laboratory I am responsible for the upkeep, maintenance, function and repair of a very diverse assemblage of day to day utilities, tools and equipment ranging from large diesel and smaller gasoline powered vessels, vehicles, sampling equipment, constant temperature laboratories, incubators, seawater circulation water filtration systems, monitoring systems, and a fully equipped shop for repairs and modifications.

During the field/research season, ensuring the laboratory has uninterrupted supply of both unadulterated and purified water as well as safe and reliable access to MSU boats and sampling equipment is my priority. In the near future, I also hope to expand my contributions to PEARL by working with our field research and education team members to design, plan, and attainably execute lesson plans to deliver as well as research projects in a very efficient, logical, sustainable and economical way.

I was born and raised in Southern Maryland along the shores of the Patuxent just a few miles north of PEARL which at a young age, unknowingly created a wealth of ecological knowledge and helped me understand the critical need for research, fostering a growing scientific understanding and most importantly stewardship. In addition, I attribute the required skill set to my background as a full time USCG Master Near Coastal Licensed Captain for hire logging over 15,000 hours taking clients out aboard a 46' charter boat from a variety of ports along the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and on the Atlantic along the MD,VA, and NC capes, managing rental properties, and generally being a very successful hands on individual. I obtained my master's degree in Quantitative Fisheries Science in 2011 from UMES and have been in the fisheries/natural resource management, research, and policy arenas for several years.

Whether I am out on the water or prepping the vessels and the facility for the sampling season, this position gives me the opportunity to utilize the breadth of my skill set, my academic and professional training, personal experience and knowledge obtained growing up in a very rural area and making a living on the water for nearly 8 years. I am extremely thankful and excited to be a key member of the PEARL team and MSU.