Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Governance

As an organization serving Maryland and supported by federal and state funding, we are charged with ensuring that our research, education, and outreach efforts are carried out in the most effective way possible. To that end, Maryland Sea Grant maintains a governance and advisory structure that provides crucial oversight and guidance.

Through its many components, our governance structure:

  • Strengthens essential linkages
  • Maintains clear programmatic identity at state, region, and national levels
  • Provides access for diverse stakeholders from across the state to give input
  • Allows academic and research institutions to contribute their expertise
  • Maximizes the effectiveness of our program

chart showing governance structure

Governance Board Members

Dr. Donald F. Boesch, president, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
Dr. Robert L. Caret, chancellor, University System of Maryland
Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, senior vice president and provost, University of Maryland, College Park

The three members represent the broad interests of the University System of Maryland (USM) and higher education in Maryland. They provide practical governance of our program and work to strengthen partnerships between USM, the state of Maryland, and the National Sea Grant program. The University of Maryland, College Park manages University of Maryland Extension, of which Maryland Sea Grant Extension is a part.

Responsible Institution

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is the institution responsible for the direct supervision and management of our program. A part of USM, UMCES sponsors research, education, and public service related to the environment and non-agricultural natural resources.

Institutional Council Members

Dr. Donald F. Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Kelton Clark, Morgan State University
Dr. Scott Knoche, Morgan State University
Dr. Anson Hines, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Dr. Robert L. Caret, University System of Maryland
Dr. Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant College
Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Craig Beyrouty, University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pending, Johns Hopkins University
Pending, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Many academic institutions across Maryland help us to support research, education, and outreach activities. The Institutional Council (IC) is a group of representatives from each location. The IC plays an important role in accountability and development of programmatic guidance for our program. They report their findings and advice to the Governance Board.

External Advisory Board Members

Mr. Dave Blazer, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries
Mr. Mark Bryer, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Jana Davis, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Mr. Marty Gary, Potomac River Fisheries Commission
Mr. William Matuszeski, U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program (retired)
Dr. Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Dr. Thomas Miller, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Mr. Adam Ortiz, Prince George's County Department of the Environment
Mr. Eric Schwaab, National Fish & Wildlife Federation
Ms. Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Mr. Dave Wilson, Conservation Community Consulting, LLC

The External Advisory Board (EAB) is our primary link to important external clients in Maryland. The EAB’s membership consists of diverse stakeholders who represent key government agencies at the state and federal level, marine-related industries, and educational and service organizations. The EAB provides regular advice on our efforts to connect with Maryland constituents through our strategic plan and outreach activities.

Academic Advisory Committee Members

Dr. William Boicourt, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory
Dr. Marie Bundy, NOAA Estuarine Reserves Division
Dr. Maurice Crawford, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Dr. Patricia Delgado, Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary
Dr. Lynn Fegley, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
Dr. Solange Filoso, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Dr. Amy Freitag, Virginia Sea Grant
Mr. Brent McCloskey, Environmental Finance Center
Dr. Meredith Muth, NOAA Climate Program Office
Dr. Jay Nelson, Towson University
Dr. Peter Tango, USGS at Chesapeake Bay Program Office

The Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) is the primary adviser to the research portion of our program. Members participate in reviewing proposals submitted for funding, evaluating their scientific merit and programmatic fit. Members of the AAC are commonly affiliated with institutions represented in our Institutional Council.

 

Maryland Sea Grant's External Advisory Board on a visit to Hart-Miller Island. Back row, from left: Beth McGee, Marty Gary, Dave Blazer, Adam Ortiz, Ann Swanson, William Matuszeski, Eric Schwaab, Jana Davis, and Thomas Miller. Front row: Catrise Cannady (MDSG staff), Fredrika Moser (director, Maryland Sea Grant), and Mark Bryer. Photo: Jeffrey Brainard