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Vanessa Vargas
Graduate Student

UMCES Annapolis Office

429 4th Street
Annapolis, MD 21403


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NameVanessa Vargas

2013         University of Maryland, College Park

               MS Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences  
               Area of Specialization: Environmental Biotechnology/Molecular Biology
               Thesis: Proteus mirabilis surface sensing signal transduction pathway

2010         University of the Philippines, Diliman
               MS Marine Science
               Major in Marine Biotechnology    
               Thesis:  Isolation and characterization of algicidal bacteria against Pyrodinium bahamense var 
               compressum from the Philippines

2004         University of the Philippines, Diliman
               BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 
               Thesis: Additional Phenotypic and Molecular Data to Compare Vibrio Isolates From Reference Vibrio 
               harveyi (IFO 15634) and Vibrio campbellii (IFO 15631)


Assistant Science Communicator  
Integration and Application Network, UMCES
March 2014-Jan 2015

Graduate Research Assistant
     Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, UMBC
Aug 2010-Sept 2013

Senior Research Assistant             Harmful Algal Blooms Laboratory
Sept 2004-July 2009                     The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Undergraduate Thesis Student     National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, UP Diliman
June 2003-March 2004

Deans's Scholarship, Biomedical Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina, College of Graduate Studies                   August 2009-July 2010


Testa, J, J Clark, WC Dennison, E Donovan, A Fisher, W Ni, M Parker, D Scavia, S Spitzer, A Waldrup, V Vargas, G Ziegler. (Accepted to BioScience) “Ecological Forecasting and the Science of Hypoxia in the  Chesapeake Bay”.

Azanza, RV., VMD Vargas, K. Fukami, K. Shashank, DF. Onda, and MPV Azanza. 2013. Culturable algalytic bacteria isolated from seaweeds in the Philippines and Japan.  Journal of Environmental Science and Management 1-10 (Special Issue 1-2013)

Azanza, M.P.V., R.V. Azanza, V.M.D. Vargas, C.T. Hedreyda.  2006.  Bacterial endosymbionts of Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum.  Microbial Ecology. Vol. 52, Number 4, November 2006.

Most recent presentations and workshop facilitation 

Vargas, VMD et al. Oral Presentation. Ecosystem health report cards are science communication tools that can raise stakeholder awareness and influence behavior. 2nd  International Marine Science Communication Conference, Dec 6-7 2017, Bruges, Belgium,

Facilitation and Science Communication, Belmont Forum Synthesis Workshop, San Francisco CA, December 9-12, 2017

Facilitation and Science Communication, Laguna de Bay Report Card Workshop, Philippines, June 2-3, 2015

Vargas, Vanessa Mercee D. and Robert Belas. Poster Presentation. cpxP Expression Changes During Swarmer Cell Differentiation. The Gordon Research Conference on Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms. Ventura Beach California, USA 15-20 Jan 2012

Vargas, Vanessa Mercee D. and Rhodora V. Azanza. Oral Presentation. Algicidal Bacteria from areas with incidence of Pyrodinium toxic blooms the Philippines. 13th International Conference on Harmful Algae, Hong Kong, 3-7 Nov 2008

Vargas, V.M.D., R.V. Azanza and K. Fukami. Poster presentation. Preliminary screening of potential algicidal bacteria from Bani and Bolinao, Pangasinan, after a fish kill event. 9th National Symposium in Marine Science, Iloilo City, October 24-26 2007.

Azanza, M.P.V., R.V. Azanza, C.T. Vargas, VMD, Hedreyda. Poster presentation. Determination of PSP toxin production of bacterial endosymbiont from Pyrodinium bahamense var compressum. 7th Asia Pacific Congress on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxin. October 24-29 2005, Plantation Bay, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

Azanza, M.P.V., R.V. Azanza, D. Centeno, Vargas VMD. Poster presentation. Isolated Bacterial Endosymbionts from Pyrodinium bahamense var compressum. Tenth International Congress for Culture collection (ICCC-10).     October 10-15 2004, Epochal Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan  


Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences                                                                   August 2009-July 2010
Medical University of South Carolina

Secretariat/Organizing Committee of Scientific Conference:

First National Conference on Marine Plant Biodiversity and Its Natural Products      May 2009
The Marine Science Institute, UP Diliman, Philippines
Second National Conference on Harmful Algal Blooms                                         May 2008
The Marine Science Institute, UP DIliman, Philippines
Seventh Asia Pacific Congress on Animal, Plant and Microbial Toxin                      October 2005
Plantation Bay, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

Research assistant, Pacific Seaboard 2                                                                    August-October 2006
Developed genetic markers for different fish species and surveyed local fisheries

Pacific Seaboard Oceanographic Cruise                                                      June 2006
Assisted in water sample collection and chemical and biological analysis

Teaching Assistant - “Marine Science I00”                                                              AY 2008-2009
Prepared lecture presentations and examinations, graded exams and prepared final grades


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Costanzo S, Blancard C, Davidson S, Dennison W, Escurra J, Freeman S, Fries A, Krchnak K, Sherman J, Thieme M, Vargas-Nguyen V (2017) Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Report Cards. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 82pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2017) Researchers and stakeholders address coastal vulnerability and freshwater security. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 8pp (Newsletter)
Integration and Application Network (2017) Report cards and system dynamics modelling. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 4pp (Newsletter)
Costanzo SD, Lookingbill T, Walsh B, Fries A, Spitzer S, Hawkey J, Vargas V, Webb B, Easby S, Goelst C, Rouch M. (2016) Shenandoah National Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 242pp (Report)
Integration and Application Network (2016) Laguna De Bay: 2013 Ecosystem Health Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 8pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2015) Behavior Change Project Results. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 32pp (Presentation)
Integration and Application Network (2015) Upper Potomac Headwaters Report Card 2015. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 4pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2015) Inner Hempstead Harbor Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report card)
Integration and Application Network (2015) Norwalk Harbor Report Card. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report card)