I am an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. My research focuses on assessing fish and wildlife populations, modeling invasive species dynamics, and addressing resource management issues through the use of statistical modeling and estimation techniques. Prior to my appointment at UMCES, I served as Senior Stock Assessment Scientist for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and as Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology at Clarion University. I received my B.S. in Biology from Cornell University; M.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; and my Ph.D. in Fisheries & Wildlife from Michigan State University.
I currently serve as Chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee, responsible for reviewing the scientific basis of council management plans and actions and developing fishing level recommendations in accordance with national fisheries management guidelines. I have also served as chair or the Atlantic Scientific Review Group which advises NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on marine mammals along the Atlantic coast, Gulf Coast, and U.S. Territories in the Caribbean.