Professor of Marine Science, Fisheries Science Department Chair, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
Bio: Mary holds a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Fordham University (New York, NY), and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI).
Prior to her appointment at VIMS, Mary worked as a research scientist and program leader at several US Federal agencies, including the USGS and NOAA.
Mary’s current research focuses on understanding the production of fish populations in the Chesapeake Bay region, designing effective surveys for estimating abundance of fish, and unraveling the ecological effects of climate change on key species such as striped bass, summer flounder, and Atlantic croaker.
She is the author of more than 60 scientific publications and 75 technical reports, and the research program she directs is one of the largest at VIMS.
Mary is recognized as a leader in her field, particularly for her service with the American Fisheries Society (AFS); she served as President of AFS in 2007-2008 – the 7th woman to do so in the long history of this non-profit organization which is dedicated to advancing fisheries science.
In recognition of her scientific and professional leadership, she was elected Fellow of the American Fisheries Society; she was also honored with the Sette Award for Outstanding Marine Fishery Biologist by AFS and received a Bronze Medal from NOAA for her cutting-edge research on marine fishes.
More recently, she received the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.