M.S. Naural Resources - Delaware State University B.S. Biology - Binghamton University
Hardest question I’m asked… ”Where are you from?”
As a 3rd generation sailor, I’ve grown up on the water; Florida, Newfoundland, Italy and several places between. I have a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton where I became phascinated with phycology.
I’ve worked on endangered fish in Utah, phytoplankton communities in Lake Michigan and oyster restoration in the Delaware Bay. As an educator I’ve taught field and stream ecology in Western Massachusetts, marine biology aboard an historic sail boat and earned my shellback as an assistant scientist with Sea Education Association in the Tropical Pacific.
I have a Master’s Degree from Delaware State University where I studied oyster reef ecology and the impacts/ benefits of shellfish aquaculture. Until enrolling here in the School of Marine Sciences I was working as a project manager, building a museum focused on the maritime history of the Delaware Bay.
My research at SMS is centered on estimating runs of diadromous fishes in the lower Penobscot River with fixed location SONAR systems. A relatively new application of this technology, with a good deal of validation yet to be done, continuous SONAR sampling can offer great insights into riverine fish communities. I couldn’t ask for a better project; blending my interests in engineering and technology with the biology and conservation of Maine’s fisheries resources.
2005 - 2007 - M.S. Natural Resources, Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware
1996 - 2000 - B.S. Biology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
2007 – 2009 Construction Project Manager, Bayshore Discovery Project, Bivalve, New Jersey
2007 Assistant Scientist, Sea Education Association, Pacific Ocean
2003 – 2005 Educator, Red Gate Farm Education Center, Buckland, Massachusetts
2002 Field Technician, Utah Dept. Natural Resources, Provo, Utah
2001 Educator/ Deckhand/ Relief Cook, Delaware Bay Schooner Project, Bivalve, New Jersey
Erbland, P. J, and G. Ozbay. 2008. A comparison of the macrofaunal communities inhabiting a Crassostrea virginica oyster reef and oyster aquaculture gear in Indian River Bay, Delaware. Journal of Shellfish Research 27, no. 4: 757–768.
Marenghi, Frank, Gulnihal Ozbay, Patrick Erbland, and Kate Rossi-Snook. 2009. A comparison of the habitat value of sub-tidal and floating oyster (Crassostrea virginica) aquaculture gear with a created reef in Delaware’s Inland Bays, USA. Aquaculture International 18, no. 1 (6): 69-81.
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