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Liza Hernandez
Tidal Monitoring Analyst

Chesapeake Bay Program Office

410 Severn Avenue
Suite 109
Annapolis, MD 21403
USA

Phone: (410) 295-1321
Fax: (410) 267-5777
Email: lhernandez@chesapeakebay.net

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PERSONAL DETAILS

NameLiza Hernandez
Emaillhernandez@chesapeakebay.net

EDUCATION

Aug 2007 – Aug 2010

M.S.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
Marine Science with concentration in Marine Ecology

Aug 2002 – May 2007

B.S. in Biology
B.A. in Geography
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sept 2011 – present

Tidal Monitoring Analyst
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD

Assess the effectiveness of management actions based on long-term observed responses within the estuarine and the surrounding watershed ecosystem.

Provide leadership by organizing and coordinating teams drawn from the larger regional scientific and management community charged with the responsibility of synthesizing data, analyzing results, and developing information for effective communication products focused on resolving the scientific and technical aspects of a select set of issues relevant to management.

April 2011 – Sept 2011

Biological Technician III
A.I.S., Inc., New Bedford, MA

Data manager aboard research vessels working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

Responsibilities included: data acquisition, entry, management and transfer of an extensive data set consisting of over 3,000 sample jars, as well as acoustic, biological, hydrological and spatial data files.

Assisted in the collection and processing of larval, plankton, water quality samples.

June 2010 – Aug 2010

Conservation Planning Intern
The Nature Conservancy, Minneapolis, MN

Worked with Director of Habitat Protection and Conservation Data Manager to review and update and/or redesign former nature preserve designs in the context of more recent GIS data, such as current biological, land use, aerial and other relevant data using ArcMap.

Updated missing key parcel data necessary to effectively outline proposed TNC conservation initiatives.

May 2007

Summer Intern
The Center for Applied Ecology, Highland Heights, KY

Assisted on habitat restoration and bioengineering projects designed to ameliorate environmental concerns and habitat degradation.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Nov 2010

NOAA Fisheries, Ecosystems Resource Surveys Branch, Woods Hole, MA

Assisted staff during Leg V of the Autumn Bottom Trawl Survey cruise aboard the RSV Henry B. Bigelow.

Responsibilities included: fish species identification; fish sex and maturity determination; otolith extraction; fish gut content analysis.

Aug 2007 – May 2010

Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

Developed and conducted field studies to assess bay scallop survival and growth in the Chesapeake Bay.

Developed and conducted mesocosm and field studies to understand predator-prey interactions between bay scallops and blue crabs.

Analyzed data and developed technical reports/manuscripts to report my findings.

Conducted spatial analysis and manufactured maps using GIS to identify suitable habitat for benthic organisms in the Chesapeake Bay.

June 2006 – May 2007

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Conducted field and laboratory studies on hogfish aging and otolith microchemistry.

Feb 2005 – May 2006

Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Digested and analyzed dust-wipe samples for lead content.

Assisted with the digestion and analysis of QC dust-wipe samples using NITON XRF Instruments.

Spring 2005

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Conducted spatial analysis of habitats using GIS to determine the spatial distribution and habitat use of lobsters.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Hernández Cordero, A.L., R.D. Seitz, R.N. Lipcius, and C. Bovery. (in prep). Habitat affects survival of translocated bay scallops, Argopecten irradians concentricus (Say 1822), in lower Chesapeake Bay. Submission to Estuaries and Coasts.

Hernández Cordero, A.L., R.D. Seitz, M.W. Luckenbach, and R.N. Lipcius. (in prep.). Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus predation on the Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians concentricus: effects of predator size, prey size, and habitat complexity. Submission to Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Hernández Cordero, A.L., R.D. Seitz, and M.W. Luckenbach. 2010. Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, predation on the Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians concentricus: effects of predator size, prey size, and habitat complexity. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Wilmington, NC. March.

Hernández Cordero, A.L. 2009. Exploring the Potential for Bay Scallop Restoration in the Lynnhaven River Subestuary. Lynnhaven River NOW Symposium, Virginia Beach, VA. May.

Hernández Cordero, A.L., C. Bovery, R.D. Seitz, and R.N. Lipcius. 2009. Potential Bay Scallop Restoration in Lynnhaven River, Virginia. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, TX. March.

Hernández Cordero, A.L., and R.D. Seitz. 2009. Potential Bay Scallop Restoration in Lynnhaven River. Lynnhaven River Restoration Study Steering Committee, Chesapeake, VA. January.

Hernández Cordero, A.L., J.D. Dowdy, R.D. Seitz, and R.N. Lipcius. 2008. Prey availability and enhanced production of artificial reefs for recreational fish and native oysters: pre-reef conditions. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Providence, RI. April.

Hernández Cordero, A.L, and C. Acosta. 2006. Dispersal of Caribbean spiny lobsters: what does this tell us about habitat use? Northern Kentucky University Celebration of Research & Creativity, Highland Heights, KY. April.

Hernández Cordero, A.L, and C. Acosta. 2006. GIS spatial analysis of essential fishery habitats in coral reef ecosystems. Northern Kentucky University Geography Day, Highland Heights, KY. January.

 

SKILLS

Computer: ArcMap, Minitab, R, SigmaPlot, Microsoft Office.

Language: Spanish

Field & Laboratory: Benthic suctioning and sample processing, water quality evaluation, general boat experience, otter trawling, fish and invertebrate identification, otolith extraction, fish gut content analysis, invasive species control, habitat restoration, grain size analysis, live animal maintenance, lead sample processing, sediment core processing

Certificates/Trainings: OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER

 

AWARDS

Hall-Bonnor Fellow, 2010
VIMS Graduate Student Assistantship, 2007-2010
John W. Thieret Undergraduate Research Award, 2007
Northern Kentucky University’s Dean’s Scholarship for full tuition, 2006-2007
Federation of Fly Fishers South Eastern Council Fred Stevenson Scholarship Fund, 2006-2007
NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Fellowship, 2006-2007
Greaves Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2006
Northern Kentucky University’s Summer Undergraduate Research & Creativity Award, 2006
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Mu Chapter, 2003-2007
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2003-2006

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
The National Shellfisheries Association

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2014
Lyerly CM, Hernandez Cordero AL, Foreman KL, Phillips SW, Dennison WC (2014) New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 52pp (Report)
Batiuk, R; Hernandez Cordero, AL; Dennison, WC; Enloe, MMG; Krikstan, C; Lyerly, CM; Phillips, S (2014) New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake (Executive Summary). IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report)