Meet the Co-Chairs


Ms. Hillary Lane Glandon, Ph.D. candidate alt
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD
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Hello!  I am very excited to have become a Recruits Co-Chair of the NSA.  I have been involved in the NSA since 2006 and recently became a student again, so I used that change to become more involved in the NSA through helping out with the recruits.  I am a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Lab in Solomons, Maryland.  My research focuses on the physiological impacts of climate change on juvenile blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) in the Chesapeake Bay.  Specifically, I am interested in how acidification and warming impact the molt process of blue crab.  Since crabs are more vulnerable to both the external water chemistry and predators during molting due to decreased locomotion and the absence of their protective outer carapace, I am focusing on the changes that occur during molting when crabs are in warmer, more acidic conditions.  I plan to quantify how long it takes crab shells to harden after molting, how much juvenile crabs grow after each molt, the amount of time between molts, and the amount of oxygen consumed when crabs molt in a variety of conditions that will simulate conditions expected in near future climate scenarios.  I am excited to get to know the Recruits of the NSA through a variety of activities at our annual meetings.  Feel free to contact me any time with questions or concerns and I look forward to meeting you all soon!


Miss Lillian Kuehl, Masters Candidate
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

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I am an incoming Master's student, working in Deb Donovan's lab on restoration of pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana).  Most native populations in Washington are too small to reproduce effectively, and work is in progress to improve the effectiveness of hatchery breeding and subsequent larval and juvenile out plants.  Previously, I worked in the shellfish industry at Taylor Shellfish in Quilcene, WA, and 4Cs Breeding Technologies at the Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Lab in Bivalve, NJ.  I received my undergraduate degree from Reed College, where I majored in Biology, and have worked on a  wide range of projects that led to my current passion for marine molluscs: in-house selective breeding of Pacific oysters for heterosis; restoration-grade Olympia oyster seed; induction of triploidy in geoducks; fabrication of a novel low-volume high-output larval rearing system; the occasional Manila clam spawn; flipping bags of oyster broodstock; and induction of polyploidy in eastern oysters.  I currently work as a bicycle mechanic in Olympia. I also have experience as a horse trainer, log truck washer, and golf ball retriever at a driving range.  I look forward to returning to academia and reconnecting with the shellfish community.

Ms. Maria Rosa, Ph.D. candidate
MariaUniversity of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
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My research interests focus on the connection between organism physiology and ecology. Questions such as why does an animal exhibit a particular behavior, and what environmental cues and processes drive it to behave in a certain way are of interest to me. For my masters thesis I am examining mechanisms that underlie the selection of particles by suspension-feeding bivalves. Specifically I am examining the effects of surface properties (e.g., surface charge, "stickiness", etc.) of various particles on selection using a bioassay guided approach. By using bivalves with different gill morphologies (i.e. ctenidial types) and ciliation, I hope to gain insight into how surface properties affect the particle selection process. I am also interested in examining whether the process of particle selection is inherent and evolutionary conserved, or if each bivalve species exhibits their own unique selective mechanism that is affected by different particle properties. Data gathered from this study will increase our understanding of how bivalves differentiate among food and other particles to which they are exposed in the field.