Fellowship institution:Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Reed Brodnik is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program, jointly administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member of Dr. Thomas Miller’s Lab at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) in Solomons, MD, and is specializing in fisheries science. His research focuses on the population dynamics of black sea bass (Centropristis striata) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight region. Black sea bass are important to the Mid-Atlantic region both ecologically and economically, and he is using a suite of techniques to address questions related to the seasonal movement of black sea bass, and the implications that (mis)specification of spatial dynamics has on fishery reference points that are used by managers. He is broadly interested in fish ecology and fisheries science, and conducting applied research that is relevant to a range of stakeholders. In his free time, Reed enjoys kayaking, fishing, and crabbing in the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay.