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.

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Chase LongMaster’s degree candidate M. Chase Long has been awarded a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to begin his Fellowship on February 1st, 2019. Chase has been involved with the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) since 2014 when he began working in Dr. Roger Mann’s lab as an hourly technician. Since then, Chase has traveled to sea aboard SCeMFiS vessels (e.g. the Pursuit, Christy, and Jersey Girl) to conduct fieldwork, worked in the VIMS Molluscan Ecology lab on SCeMFiS projects related to age and growth in surf clams and ocean quahogs, and is now completing his M.S. in Marine Science at VIMS. His work examining recent recruitment and growth in ocean quahogs will contribute to filling in knowledge gaps in the current ocean quahog assessment. As a 2019 Knauss Fellow, Chase will work at NOAA Headquarters in the Office of the Chief Information Officer/Office of the Chief Data Officer as a Data Policy Analyst. He will participate in and contribute to policy decisions affecting the collection, storage, and availability of NOAA data to the broader community.

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 25 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.