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Captain Gary Culver​, Aquatic Sampling Manager and Vessel Captain
Serves as captain aboard the NOAA research vessel Chesapeake, plus a variety of smaller outboard federal vessels. Provides safe procedural guidance for watercraft involved in scientific research, educational tours, and collaborative use by outside sources. Co-develops and instructs the laboratory's annual NOAA Small Boat and Emergency Refresher Training, the In-Water Safety Equipment Training, and additional safety training courses for assigned state and federal staff. Directly supports the Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services as Eastern Region certified instructor for First Aid, CPR and AED two-year certified course requirement.​

Amber DeMarr​, Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory Biologist
Project: Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory
Secures and processes tissue samples from fish and shellfish for biomolecular, microbiological and histological diagnostic assays, conducts and analyzes these assays, and documents the results for aquatic animal health monitoring and disease investigations conducted or serviced by the Aquatic Animal Health Program.​

Dr. Cindy Driscoll, State Fish & Wildlife Veterinarian
Project: Fish and Wildlife Health
Leads the Fish & Wildlife Health Project. Coordinates field investigations for morbidity and mortality events for all species of fish and wildlife in Maryland. Responds to fish and wildlife events and stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, conducts necropsy examinations, collects life history data and collects samples for analysis. Manages budget, personnel, grants and contracts.

Chris Dungan, Research Scientist
Project: Shellfish Health
Supervises, conducts, and reports intra- and extra-mural laboratory research on pathogens and diseases of Chesapeake Bay molluscs and finfish, conducts annual survey analyses to monitor the health of wild mollusc populations, and provides diagnostic and histological services to other state and federal projects investigating diseases and monitoring the health of oysters, clams, crabs, and finfish.

Barbara Johnston, Aquatic Animal Health Program Manager
Project: Aquatic Animal Health
Leads the Fishing and Boating Services Aquatic Animal Health Program. Supervises projects for wild fish health research and monitoring, shellfish health research and monitoring, and the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory. Develops and implements fish health policy, oversees fish and shellfish health issues for imports and in-state movements and works with Fishing and Boating Services Freshwater Fisheries Program staff to manage permitting activities. As an Aquatic Animal Health Inspector, works with Fishing and Boating Services fish culture facilities on annual fish health inspections, fish health problems, and best management practices. Represents Maryland as the fish health specialist on inter-jurisdictional fish health issues and committees such as the Northeast Fish Health Committee.

Stuart Lehmann, Natural Resources Biologist/Histotechnologist
Project: Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory
Diagnostics and Histology Laboratory staff member. Provides diagnostic and histological services to state aquatic animal disease research and health monitoring projects at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory. Performs necropsies, quantitative diagnostic microbiological assays, and routine and special histological processing and staining for protozoan pathogens of molluscs.

Keith Lockwood, Fisheries Biologist
Writes the weekly fishing reports, fishing related articles and develops content for the Fishing and Boating Services website. Responsible for answering Fishing and Boating Services related customer service inquiries. Maintains state records of Maryland sport fish; verifies and certifies all record submissions and writes related press releases. Tournament director for the Maryland Fishing Challenge award program for trophy sport fish caught by anglers, as well as all catch & release awards and youth fishing programs. Involved in developing video material for the Fishing and Boating Services website and distribution; coordinates the Fishing and Boating Services displays at sportsman's shows as well as outreach and education to the Maryland fishing community.

Mark Matsche, Natural Resources Biologist
Project: Wild Fish Health
Leads health related research and diagnostics of wild fish populations. Project focuses on investigations of infectious and non-infectious disease in Chesapeake Bay and tidal waters, including bacterial disease (mycobacteriosis) in striped bass. Project activities include development of health indicators for Chesapeake Bay fishes, parasite and bacterial pathogen monitoring, evaluation of fish surgical and anesthetic techniques, and fish hematology. Collaborates with state, federal and university partners to conduct basic and applied research and to provide training opportunities for graduate students. Provides diagnostic services for the investigation of fish kills or unusual disease outbreaks.

Carol McCollough, (ASCP-HTL), Natural Resources Biologist, Research Pathologist
Project: Shellfish Health
Serves as Research Pathologist. Conducts oyster and clam histopathology analyses and microbiological assays, data analyses and management, equipment maintenance, animal biopsies, and histotechnology. Produces reports and manuscripts.

Brian Richardson, Director, Fish Health & Hatcheries Program
Supervises all Department of Natural Resources lab projects as Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Deputy Director-DNR, and assists Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Director-NOAA with joint NOAA/DNR activities. Leads the Hatcheries Division for fish hatchery production, fish stock enhancement, and restoration of migratory fish species statewide. Program cultures more than one dozen fish and shellfish species to meet state management needs such as "put and take" trout fishing, corrective stocking in state waters, oyster aquaculture industry support, tidal largemouth bass enhancement, fishing rodeos, and outreach projects. Oversees restoration projects for American shad, hickory shad, blueback herring, alewife and Atlantic sturgeon.

Kevin Rosemary, Natural Resources Biologist
Project: Wild Fish Health
Investigates fish morbidity and mortality events, provides routine finfish health monitoring, and designs and conducts fish health research in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Collects fisheries life history data, performs necropsy examinations, describes gross and microscopic pathology of fish, and writes fish pathology reports.

Jacob Shaner, Natural Resources Technician
Project: Wild Fish Health
Assists Fish and Wildlife Health Project biologists in the collection of finfish, marine mammals, and sea turtles for disease investigations. This includes examination of fish for signs of disease, examination of marine mammal and sea turtle species to determine possible cause of stranding deaths, recording and processing data, and maintaining sampling equipment.

Matthew Spitznagel, Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory Manager
Project: Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory
Manages the biomolecular, microbiology, and histology laboratories of the Fishing and Boating Services
Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory. These laboratories provide diagnostic and inspection services to scientists that monitor and conduct research about finfish and shellfish pathogens and diseases.

Jim Uphoff, Program Manager
Project: Fisheries Habitat and Ecosystems
Please visit the Fisheries Habitat and Ecosystems web page​ for a project description.

Debra Vreeland, Administrative Officer
Provides administrative support to the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory program staff and other Fishing and Boating Services staff as needed. Prepares budget, budget projections, expenditure reports, spending forecasts and budget information requests. Accountable for procurement, contracts, inventory, and facility reports. Supervises facility and grounds maintenance.

Amanda Weschler, Natural Resources Biologist/Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator
Project: Fish and Wildlife Health
Coordinates and responds to all deceased marine mammals and sea turtles in Maryland waters. Conducts and leads necropsy examinations in the lab and field. Additional responsibilities include the management of samples collected for diagnostic analysis, all stranding cases and associated data, and marine mammal and sea turtle related grant writing and management. Collaborates with state and federal agencies regarding stranded animals, and works with stranding collaborators, students, and volunteers to provide research and training opportunities.​​​​​​​