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Contact the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory

Steve Early, Deputy Director
Supervises all lab DNR projects and assists Lab Director with joint NOAA/DNR activites.

Jud Blazek, Natural Resources Biologist/Histotechnologist < Acting Lab Manager
Project: Oyster Disease Research
Diagnostics and Histology Laboratory staff member. Provides histotechnological and diagnostic services to various Maryland aquatic animal disease research and health monitoring projects at the COL. Performs routine and specialized necropsies for molecular biology techniques, routine and special histological processing and staining, and quantitative microbiological assays for protozoan pathogens of mollusks.

Vacant, Captain
Captain of the COL research fleet including variety of outboard boats. Responsible for maintenance, navigation and operation of the boats for scientific research, educational tours, or for use by outside sources. Also provide annual vessel operation and safety classess for state and federal staff.

Dr. Cindy Driscoll, State Fish & Wildlife Veterinarian
Project:
Fish and Wildlife Health
Leads the Fish & Wildlife Health Project. Coordinates field investigations for morbidity and mortality events for all species of fish and wildlife/natural resources in MD. Responds to fish and wildlife events and stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, conducts necropsy examinations, collects life history data and collects samples for analysis. Provides response, monitoring, research, outreach for fish and wildlife in MD. Manages budget, personnel, grants and contracts.

Chris Dungan, Oyster Disease Research Scientist
Project:
Oyster Disease Research
Funds, supervises, conducts, and reports intra- and collaborative extra-mural laboratory research on pathogens and diseases of Chesapeake Bay molluscs and finfish, conducts annual survey analyses to monitor the health of wild mollusc populations, and provides diagnostic and histological services to other State and Federal projects investigating diseases and monitoring the health of crabs, finfish, molluscs, marine mammals, and sea turtles.

Kelly Greenhawk, GIS Analyst
Project:
Information Services
GIS Coordinator for the Fisheries Service. Responsible for managing all Fisheries Service GIS operations and staff in support of unit-wide functions and data functions.

Stuart Lehmann, Faculty Research Assistant
Project:
Oyster Disease Research
Diagnostics and Histology Laboratory staff member. Provides diagnostic and histological services to State aquatic animal disease research and health monitoring projects at COL. Performs necropsies, quantitative diagnostic microbiological assays, and routine and special histological processing and staining for protozoan pathogens of mollusks.

Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
Writes the weekly fishing reports, fishing related articles and develops content for the Fisheries Service website. Maintains state records of Maryland sport fish; verifies and certifies all record submissions and writes related press releases. Tournament director for the Maryland Fishing Challenge award program for trophy sport fish caught by anglers as well as all catch & release awards and My 1st. Fish certificates. Involved in developing video material for the Fisheries Service website and distribution; coordinates the Fisheries Service displays at Sportsman's Shows as well as outreach and education to the Maryland fishing community.

Joe Marcino, Aquatic Research Pathologist
Project: Oyster Disease Research
Aquatic Research Pathologist whose duties include histopathological evaluation of shellfish and finfish for the presence of disease and/or to determine the cause of morbidity and mortality. Conducts investigations on disease pathogens using molecular biology techniques including PCR and in situ hybridization for shellfish and finfish in both fresh and saltwater. Provides guidance to fishery biologists, managers, hatchery managers and the general public on fish health matters involving freshwater and marine fish.

Mark Matsche, Natural Resources Biologist
Project: Fish and Wildlife Health
Investigates fish morbidity and mortality events, provides for routine fin-fish health monitoring, and designs and conducts fish health research in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Collects fisheries life-history data, performs necropsy examinations, describes gross and microscopic pathology of fish, and writes fish pathology reports. Responds to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, conducts necropsy examinations, and assists with sea turtle tagging study. Provides public outreach of fish and wildlife health issues in MD.

Brian Richardson, Program Manager
Project:
Restoration and Enhancement
Leads fish hatchery production, fish stock enhancement, and restoration of migratory fish species statewide. Program cultures more than one dozen species to meet state management needs such as "put and take" trout fishing, corrective stocking in state waters, tidal largemouth bass enhancement, fishing rodeos and outreach projects. Conducts restoration projects for American shad, hickory shad and Atlantic sturgeon. Conducts Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) permit research to support new aquaculture drug approvals from U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kevin Rosemary, Natural Resources Biologist
Project:
Fish and Wildlife Health
Investigates fish morbidity and mortality events, provides for routine fin-fish health monitoring, and designs and conducts fish health research in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Collects fisheries life-history data, performs necropsy examinations, describes gross and microscopic pathology of fish, and writes fish pathology reports. Responds to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, conducts necropsy examinations, and assists with sea turtle tagging study. Provides public outreach of fish and wildlife health issues in MD.

Gordo Seeber, Facility Maintenance
Gordo and the facility maintenance staff are responsible for all maintenance activities at COL from ensuring Geothermal HVAC and seawater operations to grounds keeping.

Sue Tyler, HT(ASCP), Natural Resources Biologist/Histotechnologist
Project:
Oyster Disease Research
Diagnostics & Histology Laboratory staff member. Provides histotechnological and diagnostic services to various State and Federal aquatic animal disease research and health monitoring projects at the COL. Performs necropsies, routine and special histological processing and staining, and microbiological assays for protozoan pathogens of mollusks.

Debra Vreeland, Administrative Officer
Provides administrative support to the COL Program staff.  Prepares budget, budget projections, expenditure reports, spending forecasts and budget information requests. Supervises facility and grounds maintenance.