Meet the Staff | About the Costal Fisheries Program

Steve Doctor

Natural Resources Biologist provides fisheries management, field, and technical support to the Coastal Fisheries Program. He received a B.S. in biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and did graduate work in fisheries management at Frostburg State University. Steve is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Technical Committee for Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Scup and Horseshoe Crabs and the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) Monitoring Committee for Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, and Scup. Steve also serves on the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) Bycatch Committee, Delaware Bay Ecological Review Committee, and Adaptive Resource Management Committee for the management of Horseshoe Crabs. He has worked for the Department of Natural Resources since 1993 as a coastal fisheries biologist. His interests outside of work include offshore, inshore and spear-fishing.

Carrie Kennedy

Coastal Fisheries Program Manager provides administrative, technical, outreach, and field support to the Coastal Fisheries Program. In addition to the data collection, analysis and reporting that the CFP completes, Carrie provides management recommendations to Fisheries Services' Management Team based on biological data and stakeholder input. Carrie is also a member of the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) Operations Committee, and the ACCSP Recreational Technical Committee as a Maryland Fisheries Service representative. She has worked at the Department of Natural Resources since 1999, working as a field biologist on seine and trawl survey and monitoring of Maryland's Coastal Bays and portions of the Chesapeake Bay for Pfiesteria spp. Carrie left DNR in 2002, but returned to work with the Striped Bass Program in 2003. Since then, she has worked on Fisheries Management Plans, and administered the commercial striped bass fishery for Maryland. She has been with CFP since 2008. Carrie graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1999 with a B.A. in Biology.

Gary S. Tyler

Natural Resources Technician performs field and technical support work for the Coastal Fisheries Program (CFP). Gary is also the coordinator of Maryland's Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and Billfish Catch Card Project. He collects data on weakfish and striped bass harvested commercially within Maryland's Coastal Bays and near-shore Atlantic Ocean. Prior to the CFP, Mr. Tyler worked at the MD DNR's Deal Island Oyster Hatchery, where he assisted in the spawning and rearing of Crassostrea virginica larvae to be used in the Oyster Recovery Program. Along with oyster propagation, he was responsible for algal production, culturing Isochrysis galbana (T-Iso strain), Chaetoceros muelleri and Thalassiosira pseudonana (strain 3H) to supplement the larval diet. Gary graduated from Salisbury University in 1990 with a B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. While there, he illustrated a lab manual for the Biology 120 lab classes. He received an M.S. in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1997. His thesis was titled "Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Chemotherapeutant Acriflavine Against the Oyster Parasite Perkinsus marinus". At UMES, Mr. Tyler instructed labs for Biology 111 and Comparative Anatomy. Gary has been with the Department full-time since April 1999 and was a summer technician from 1995 to 1998. He is a member of Conchologists of America.

Angel Willey

Natural Resources Biologist provides fisheries management, field, and technical support to the Coastal Fisheries Program (CFP). Angel is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Technical Committee and the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) Monitoring Committee for spiny dogfish as well as the ASMFC Coastal Shark Technical Committee and the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) Biological Review Panel. Prior to the CFP, Angel wrote the Fisheries Service Fishing Report, managed the Maryland Sport Fishing Tournament, created the My 1st Fish Program for Maryland, worked on the recreational fisheries website, registered commercial pound nets, assisted with the commercial striped bass fishery, and worked in the Striped Bass Program and Inland Fisheries. Mrs. Willey graduated from Texas A & M University at Galveston with a double major in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries in 1997. She has been with the Department since July 1998.

Chris Jones

Natural Resources Biologist provides fisheries management, field and technical support to the Coastal Fisheries Program (CFP). Chris is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Technical Committee for American Lobster. Chris earned his B.A. in biology from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2003 and his M.S. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010. His thesis was titled "Piscivore effect on size distribution and planktivorous behavior of slimy sculpin in arctic Alaskan lakes." At UNCG, Chris taught labs for Major Concepts of Biology during the school year and worked as a research assistant at Toolik Lake Field Station, Alaska during the summer. Prior to the CFP, Chris worked as a field technician on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Louisiana, then as a fisheries technician for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He has been with the Department since July 2011.

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