Commercial aquaculture development with emphasis on shellfish; Principal Investigator for the Oyster Aquaculture Education & Training Project - developing commercial shellfish aquaculture in Maryland's Chesapeake and coastal bays. Marine science programs concentrating on commercial fish and shellfish production; aquaculture policy; pond management and aquatic weed control; update training for certified aquatic applicators. Holds Public Agency Applicator permit in Categories: Research & Demonstration and Aquatic.
MCE designated member, Maryland Aquaculture Coordinating Council, 2005-present; Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission, 2007-present. Member, Faculty Affairs Committee 2011-12; Faculty Senator 2012-14; UME Faculty Staff Advisory Committee; University of Maryland Senate - Chair-elect, 2013-2014; Chair, 2014-2015; Past Chair, 2015-2016. Member, Flagship 2020 Commission; Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee; University of Maryland Athletic Council, 2015-2017; AGNR Dean Search Committee, 2014. Member, World Aquaculture Society; United States Aquaculture Society; National Shellfisheries Association; East Coast Shellfish Growers Association; Technical Committee, Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center, 2012-present; Board of Directors, Maryland Agriculture Council, 2014-2016.