Amber DeMarr

Aquaculture Program Manager
Office Location: 
Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory 10545 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD 20685

Amber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland in 2014. She has a background in Maryland's oyster industry and continues working with shellfish today.

Amber started at PEARL in late October 2015 as a Hatchery Technician, working with the oyster aquaculture industry to face challenges and answer technical questions. In May of 2016, Amber became the Research Program Manager for the George Abbe Blue Crab Survey. The George Abbe Blue Crab Survey, started in 1968, is a fishery-independent, yearly survey conducted in the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent Rivers off the shores of Calvert County, MD. The survey originally began to determine whether the thermal plume from the Calvert County Nuclear Power Plant had any effect on the crab population in the area. Although our studies stated that there was no effect on the crabs, the survey continued and has become a valuable long-term data set reflecting the number of catchable crabs in the Calvert County portion of the Chesapeake Bay and in the Patuxent River.

In March 2018, Amber returned to the MSU PEARL hatchery as Aquaculture Program Manager. She asks the industry "How Can We Help?" and works with stakeholders to grow the aquaculture industry in Maryland. Her main goal is to bridge the gap between science and industry, to assist the industry in flourishing to its greatest potential.