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Ammar Hanif

  • AHanif NOAA-EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Graduate
    Ph.D., Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Science
    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-IMET

    Ammar is a doctoral graduate of the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program under the supervision of Rose Jagus, Ph.D., at the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science – Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology. His research focused on using Molecular techniques and bioinformatics as tools to study the marine environment and answer ecological questions. Ammar studied the diet and microbiome of menhaden and other marine invertebrates. His expertise includes extracting DNA from difficult samples, marine and estuarine ecology, handling large datasets, bioinformatics, and analyzing high-throughput sequencing results of microbial community using statistical methods. Ammar was a Knauss Fellow from January 2018 to February 2019.

    NERTO Project Title:  Temporal Study of Diet and Microbiome of Mussels Collected from Lake Michigan

    NOAA Mentor: Dr. Ed Johnson, NOAA Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD

    Academic Advisor: Dr. Rosemary Jagus


    1. Hanif, A. (2018).  Insights into the gut microbiome and diet of Atlantic menhaden. Presented at the American Fisheries Society meeting, Atlantic City, NJ, 2018.
    2. Hanif, A. & Johnson, E., (2018), Assessing temporal changes of invasive dreissenid mussels’ microbial community collected from Lake Michigan. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology, Sacramento, CA.

  • NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
    (410) 651-7870
    Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
    Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)
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