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STUDENT:Lonnie Gonsalves

Published January 2013

The Educational Partnership Program (EPP) is pleased to announce the graduation of Dr. Lonnie Gonsalves! Lonnie completed his doctoral degree and graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES), in partnership with the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, in December 2012.

Lonnie Gonsalves
Lonnie Gonsalves (center), with partners from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), and local watermen, collecting striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay as part of his doctoral dissertation research into fish health and disease.

Lonnie is a Class of 2010 alumnus of the NOAA EPP Graduate Sciences Program (GSP), through which he studied Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES), concentrating in environmental molecular biology and biotechnology. He conducted his research at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) of the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR), a part of the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).

Lonnie's thesis work, entitled "Nutritional Status and Immune Function of the Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Morone saxatilis", was completed through partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), and local watermen. Among Lonnie's significant accomplishments, he has served as president of the American Fisheries Society, Equal Opportunities Section, and is currently awaiting finalization of his appointment to the NOAA NCCOS National Ocean Service (NOS) as a Research Ecologist in Fisheries Biology.

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