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Scientific Research and Monitoring

Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) represents a balance of scientific disciplines with expertise in the following areas: nutrients/toxicities; transport and fate, including modeling; ecological and human health effects; and living resources.

The STAC is responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance to research, data management, modeling, and sampling and monitoring efforts which affect the scientific adequacy of program activities.
  • Suggesting specific scientific activities necessary to meet program objectives.
  • Conducting peer review of studies, reports on the status and trends in the estuary, and alerting the management committee to emerging environmental problems.
  • Overseeing the assembly and analysis of historical data bases for characterizing the estuary.
  • Reviewing the development of any requests for proposals and proposals submitted to ensure scientific rigor and quality.

May 2017


Dindinger - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment 2.0 Brainpower requested

May - Determining advective flow and flushing rates in dead-end canals

Mao - The development of a wave-circulation-trajectory-water quality model for Maryland Coastal Bays

Wazniak - Mid-Atlantice Ocean Health Index

Jesien - Updates: Bishopville Fish Passage, Assateague Shoreline Project, Policy Committee Meeting, Resource needs

January 2016
Bailey (CBL) - Determining offshore use by marine mammals and ambient noise levels using passive acoustic monitoring
January 2015
June  2014
Publications Mentioned
January 2014
January 2013
January 2012
Jesien (MCBP) - MCBP Restoration Activities
June 2012
January 2011
June 2011
January 2010
June 2010
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

We are dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the resources of the Coastal Bays. To help achieve this goal, a volunteer water quality monitoring effort was initiated by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee and MCBP staff in 1997. This program was organized and started sampling prior to a comprehensive program being developed.

The volunteer program has since been integrated into a larger MCBP monitoring program. Data collected by this program adds to existing monitoring efforts by providing general long-term data in areas which are not routinely monitored, providing more frequent sampling (two times per month) to provide greater insight on the extent and duration of algal blooms, and providing observational information on living resources (such as fish kills and crab jubilees, both of which are caused by low oxygen concentrations in the water). Click here for a water quality monitoring report.


CCMP Update
Agenda June 2014
Dindinger - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
Peters - Habitat use, site fidelity, and growth of juvenile black sea bass, Centropristis striata, in the Maryland Coastal Bays using mark-recapture
Schweitzer - Effects of Fishing Traps On Black Sea Bass’ Essential Fish Habitat
Parveen - Current Perspectives on Vibrios in the Maryland Coastal Bays
Roose - Denitrification Rates, Potential, and Limitations in a Newly Constructed Wetland near Bishopville, MD
Tarnowski - 22nd Annual MDNR Shellfish Survey of the Md. Coastal Bays
Jesien - Coastal Bays Update
Dennison - Jane and the Coastal Bays
Climate Change Community Meeting Poster
CCVA Community Meeting Press Release
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program
Coastal Bays Program