Personnel Descriptions
Roger Mann

Roger Mann - Dr. Roger Mann is a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science where he served as Director for Research and Advisory Services for nine years.  He has also held scientific positions at Woods Hole before arriving in Virginia in 1984.  He received a B.S. degree from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. and a Ph.D. from University College of North Wales, Bangor, Wales.

As Site Director for the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS), an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center of the National Science Foundation, Roger hopes to use his expertise along with industry members to develop research projects that will provide information to maintain sustainable fisheries.

Roger conducts population assessments, physiological and ecological studies of bivalve molluscs and other molluscan species, as well as ecological restoration of oyster reef communities. He has received several professional appointments and academic awards including the Chesapeake Bay Commission's Tribute to Excellence, a two-term Governor's appointment to the Commonwealth's Aquaculture Advisory Board, a School of Marine Science Outstanding Teacher Award and a Plumeri Faculty Award.

Dr. Mann was also appointed to the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council in 2016 and serves on several committees.

Missy Southworth

Melissa Southworth - Missy is a senior marine scientist in the Molluscan Ecology Lab and also received an M.S. from VIMS. She runs the field program for the Molluscan Ecology Lab and is the lead scientist on the oyster patent tong, dredge, and shellstring surveys. Her interests include stock assessment of commercially viable shellfish species in the Chesapeake Bay, the development of best management practices in support of shellfish aquaculture in the Bay, restoration of oyster populations and oyster reef ecology and biology.

Alexis Hollander

Alexis Hollander - Alexis hales from Portage, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Steven’s Point.  She holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and German.  During an internship with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) as well as NOAA-Alaska based in Seattle, Alexis was able to work with VIMS alumna Dr. Alison Deary.  After hearing Dr. Deary’s enthusiasm for VIMS, Alexis decided to investigate the east coast for graduate school.  She chose VIMS not only for the school’s good reputation but because the atmosphere was so welcoming.  Alexis says “There seemed to be a good community of graduate students. When I visited the campus, folks were very nice and accommodating – not snobby like some of the other schools.” After meeting with Dr. Roger Mann, she was impressed with the opportunity for industry partnerships offered within the Molluscan Ecology Lab.  Dr. Mann is a Site Director for the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center that affords graduate students the opportunity to work directly with finfish and shellfish industry members.  For her master’s thesis, Alexis will be aging surfclams to determine where and when they grew and the impacts of temperature change on the growth of clams.

Karen Reay

Karen ReayKaren is currently the CEO of Baywater Communications and received a B.S. in Biology from Juniata College and a Master's Degree from VIMS. She has experience in web design, strategic planning, marketing, data, and information system development and incorporates these skills with her understanding of marine science topics. Karen has over 30 years of experience working with government, academic agencies and industry. 

Theresa Redmond

Theresa Redmond - Theresa became interested in marine science while growing up in Massachusetts where her family camped and owned a boat on the Connecticut River. She earned her B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of New England, Biddeford, ME. Theresa obtained an M.S. in Marine Biology at NOVA Southern University, Dania Beach, Florida where she completed a thesis on long-term stony coral transplantation and assisted in data collection and analysis for benthic monitoring, restoration and assessment of South Florida’s nearshore reef habitats.  While a research assistant at VIMS, she has assisted electro-fishing of river herring in the Pamunkey River and analyzed Adaptive Resolution Imaging Sonar (ARIS) Explorer video of the river herring, assisted in tagging Atlantic Sturgeon within the Chesapeake Bay, and aided with organization of larval fish within the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection and investigating shellfish aging and growth.