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Staff

Diana Lynn Muller, Executive Director

Diana brings with her a thirty years hands-on environmental professional work experience, from being a field-lab tech to directing science and policy, with many peer-reviewed publications and technical reports.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program’s STAC Land-Water steering workgroup, and EPA Chesapeake Bay Program’s Climate workgroup.  Diana holds a MS in Environmental Policy from Johns Hopkins and a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Evergreen State College.

Diana grew up on the shores of Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington to a family of watermen and loggers.  The boat the she “grew-up” on was a 1956 Mansfield with the old Mahogany deck.  Summers were spent working on the water with her dad to fish, oyster, clam, and crab.  By the time, she was 12 she had her own boat, and in college she was chartering college friends salmon, rockfish and halibut fishing.  Today she holds a 100T USCG license.  She became interested in marine biology at the age of five, due to the fishing, whale watching, camping, and hiking through out Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and Straits of Juan de Fuca.  During her teen years, the fish in the local area had cancerous lesions on them, so she became interested environmental chemistry.  She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Policy.  Diana then drove her old 1963 Plymouth Fury across the country to graduate school at Old Dominion University and worked for the lower Chesapeake Bay and Elizabeth River water quality-monitoring program.  She then worked at Virginia’s Aquarium as the lab manager and was part of the stranding team.  She met her husband (Andrew Muller) at ODU and they were married in 1992.  Andrew finished his Ph.D. in oceanography and Diana was expecting their first child in 1998, when careers moved them to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Diana became the QA/QC specialist at Lancaster Labs.  They spent 10 years researching the water quality of the Susquehanna, Conestoga, and smaller tributaries while living in Lancaster County, and the upper region of the Chesapeake Bay.  Then in 2007, another career opportunity moved Diana and Andrew to Annapolis, Md.  Diana became the Director of Science & South Riverkeeper for the South River Federation, and Andrew became a professor of oceanography at the United States Naval Academy.  Diana spent eight years at the Director of Science, bringing the “gold-standard” water quality monitoring to a small nonprofit and writing peer-reviewed publications on what is now known as “triblet” science.  She testified in legislature, and county council over many environmental topics during that time.  She then moved on the teaching for a few years environmental science in the Anne Arundel County schools.

Diana was enticed by Chesapeake BaySavers’ uniqueness of taking science, outreach, and education to make positive policy and legislation for a healthier Bay, and has a vision for a swimmable and fishable Bay.

Diana and Andrew have two children: Arianna who is an environmental science major in college and her son (Keaghan) who is currently an IB student at Annapolis High.  They also have two dogs, a chocolate lab- Daisy, and a mini-St. Bernard-Brandy.  During her “off-time,” Diana trains for ½ marathons, kayaks, gardens, and goes hiking with her family.

Publications:

Muller A., Muller, D., and Muller, A., Resolving spatiotemporal characteristics of seasonal hypoxia cycle in shallow estuarine environments of the Severn River and South River, MD, Chesapeake Bay, USA.  Heliyon 2016, Volume 2, Issue 9.  https://doi.org//10.1016/j.heliyon.2016.e00157

Muller and Muller, Forecasting future hypoxia in estuarine environments using a wavelet based neural network model. Ocean Modelling, 2015 Volume 96, Part 2, p. 315-323, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.11.003

Muller and Muller, Analysis of nodal point pollution variability, and sustainability in mesohaline tidal creeks. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2014, Volume 85, Issue 1, p. 204-214, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.05.048


Marisa Sames, Program Manager  

Marisa is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she received a dual-degree in Bachelor of Science in Geography, Human-Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Global Business and Economics with a focus on Latin America. She studied abroad in Costa Rica where she participated in restoration efforts and had the opportunity to perform research on community awareness of climate change and the contrast in vegetation between primary and secondary rainforest succession.

Marisa joined the BaySavers team in December of 2015. Since her start, Marisa has formed numerous partnerships, executed a water monitoring initiative along Spa Creek, expanded AMM Chesapeake Champions Program to get kids outside and engaged in the environment, is in the process of becoming a Watershed Steward, grew fundraising initiatives, was vital in writing and passing bills to protect our oysters.

 

 

 


Interns

Erin Benson, Legal Intern

Erin is a graduate of Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She minored in Human Development and Family Studies and received a Certificate in Crime, Law and Society.  Erin is currently in her third year at University of Baltimore School of Law and will graduate this May. Erin is the symposium editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review and was recently published in the Law Review’s 47th Volume.  Her comment, States Will Be Big Fans: A State Driven Regulatory Process for Offshore Wind Development Off U.S. Coastlines, focuses on how states can further offshore wind development despite current federal obstacles. Erin participated in the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, was a member of the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team and has clerked at several firms in the Baltimore area over the course of her law school career. She is also a member of the Environmental Law Society, the Women’s Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta. After graduation, Erin will begin her legal career as a judicial clerk in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

 

Madeline Sames, BaySavers Intern

Madeline is a recent graduate of Catonsville High School and will be starting college classes at the Community College of Baltimore County for two years before transferring to a four-year college where she will study Oceanography and Marine Biology. She hopes to have a career where she will be able to make an impact by saving the rapidly declining shark population via putting a ban on shark finning. Madeline is eager to learn about legislation and what it takes to write, lobby and testify on behalf of bills that make a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chesapeake BaySavers encourages students in high school, college and graduate school to join our team in order to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the world of nonprofit organizations. We focus on their goals and passions to ensure they get the most out of their internship with us.


If you are excited by our mission, our great accomplishments and are interested in volunteering or learning more about our internship opportunities, please email baysavers@gmail.com!