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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership - APNEP- Staff

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

Meet the Team

Bill Crowell, Ph.D., AICP, CEE 
APNEP, 1601 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Dr. William L. Crowell Jr. (Bill), has been the director of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, since 2002. Bill previously served as the senior policy analyst for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, where he formulated coastal and ocean policies and regulations for the state of North Carolina. He received two bachelor of science degrees from N.C. State University one in Zoology and a second in Biological Sciences (1988) and his master of science degree in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University (1996), with research on Southern Appalachian montane bogs. He earned his Ph.D. from Prescott College (2011), with research on North Carolina's environmental educators' concepts of sustainability. Bill also served as Deputy Director of the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund from 2014-2015. Prior to working with the State of NC, conducted wetland and endangered species monitoring and research with the Southeast Regional Office of the Nature Conservancy and worked with the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Inventory Program with endangered species mapping, and the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy with conservation planning and ecosystem research. He also has been a researcher at the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine and an environmental educator in New Mexico. Bill is a certified planner (American Institute of Certified Planners), a North Carolina certified environmental educator, and a fellow of the N.C. Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

Dean Carpenter, D.Env.
Program Scientist
APNEP, 1601 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Dr. Dean E. Carpenter joined the staff as the science coordinator in November 2003. His current responsibilities are leading, coordinating, and administering APNEP’s Science & Technology Program and providing staff support to APNEP’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining APNEP, Dean served as a project manager for the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.) from 2000-03, and from 1989-99 as an environmental scientist with ManTech Environmental Technology, a federal contractor with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development. His career interests are improving ecological risk assessment methods at regional scales and facilitating their application in support of ecosystem-based management. A native of California, Dean received a bachelor of science degree with honors in Environmental Science and Biology at the University of California, Riverside; a master of science degree in Ecology at the University of California, Davis; and a doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Coley Cordeiro, Ph.D.
Program Manager
APNEP, 1601 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Dr. Coley Cordeiro has over 14 years of experience working on projects dedicated to environmental conservation and restoration in North Carolina. Her experience comprises the environmental, biological, economic, political and social components necessary to work as APNEP’s Program Manager. She earned her Master of Science degree (2003) while conducting research on the effectiveness of traditional and non-traditional environmental education programs, and her Ph.D. (2015) in Coastal Resources Management with an emphasis on estuarine and coastal ecology from East Carolina University. Her research focused on combined information from water quality, water chemistry, and otolith microchemistry to determine movement and life history strategies of striped bass. During her Ph.D. program she also completed a graduate certification in Geographic Information Science and Technology to map water chemistry, geologic formations, and water quality parameters to solve complex striped bass movement strategies in the Albemarle Sound.

Stacey W. Feken, M.S.
Policy and Engagement Manager
APNEP, 1601 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-1601.

Stacey Webb Feken joins the staff with over 15 years of experience working in ecosystem restoration, water resources, and ecological research programs in Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.  She served 14 years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in various roles implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and related greater South Florida ecosystem restoration plans--including coordination of federal and state approval processes, management of the permitting and compliance program, policy support, and administration of state appropriations.  She also worked on projects addressing surface water quality standards, reuse of reclaimed water, and assessment of impaired waters for the Total Maximum Daily Load Program.  While at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, she served as a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellow, Sea Grant Intern, and earned a M.S. in Marine Sciences after conducting a mark-recapture study investigating the juvenile life history of white shrimp in tidal salt marshes.  She earned her B.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University, where she worked as a Research Assistant in an estuarine benthic ecology laboratory and completed funded research projects.

Jimmy Johnson
Coastal Habitats Coordinator
APNEP, 943 Washington Square Mall • Washington, NC 27889

As the North Carolina field representative for APNEP, Jimmy’s responsibilities include the implementation of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, or CHPP, and the recommendations it contains. He also works with the APNEP Advisory Committees and represents the program on various committees in the APNEP region. Jimmy works closely with several regulatory agencies in the state and their respective commissions to help implement the goals of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership. In 1981, Jimmy graduated from N.C. State University with a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Engineering. After working for Cargill for 3½ years, Jimmy and his wife returned to North Carolina to run a family-owned blue crab processing plant. For the next 15 years, they operated and owned Washington Crab Co., Inc. During those 15 years, Jimmy was active in many industry groups in the state and nation. From 1997 to 2004, he served as chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. During Jimmy’s tenure as chairman of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the CHPP was written and adopted.

Timothy A. Ellis, Ph.D.
Ecosystems Analyst
APNEP, 1601 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Dr. Tim Ellis has extensive and diverse experience conducting basic and applied research in the fields of estuarine ecology and fisheries science. His work has centered on addressing ecological questions that can lead to better management strategies for NC's coastal resources, particularly economically-important finfish and their associated habitats. Tim holds a B.S. degree in Biology from UNC (2002) and a M.S. degree in Zoology from NCSU (2007), where his thesis research focused on evaluating nursery habitat quality for southern flounder. As a Marine Fisheries Fellow (2007-2008) sponsored by NC Sea Grant, Tim assisted the NC Division of Marine Fisheries with the identification of strategic habitat areas for juvenile fishes in Albemarle Sound. Tim received a Ph.D. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from NCSU (2014), where his dissertation research consisted of comprehensive long-term tagging and telemetry studies to estimate mortality rates and movement patterns of spotted seatrout in its northern distribution. Prior to joining APNEP, Tim was an NCSU postdoctoral research scholar and VA Institute of Marine Science visiting scientist, studying the genetic stock structure of spotted seatrout in NC and Chesapeake Bay.  

Kelsey Ellis, M.S.
Program Associate  (919) 707-9077

Kelsey Ellis brings to APNEP a background in both scientific research and education, and is working to develop and implement programs designed to support CCMP implementation and increase citizen involvement in APNEP. Kelsey earned a B.S in Environmental Science (2013) and an M.S in Marine Science (2015), both from UNC-Chapel Hill, where her thesis research examined how molecular differences between algal species determine their survival when vitamin-limited. She has also researched NC oyster reefs, bacterial mats in the Gulf of Mexico, and intertidal meiofauna.  Kelsey has focused her career on science education and outreach. She has worked as a Science Communication Intern for the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, a Marine Biology Instructor for the Duke Talent Identification Program, and an Environmental Educator at the Triangle Land Conservancy through Americorps.

Trish Murphey
Watershed Manager  (252) 808-8091

Trish has a background in fisheries management, specifically with shrimp, bay scallops, hard clams and oysters.  She has been involved in the development and implementation of a number of NC Fishery Management Plans.  Trish earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences from Florida Technical University (1985).  She also worked for the S.C. Division of Natural Resources in crustacean management and marsh utilization research, and for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Beaufort N.C., where she participated in research on submerged aquatic vegetation and oyster reefs.  

Marygrace Rowe
Special Projects Associate
APNEP, 1601 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-1601 

Marygrace Rowe graduated from North Carolina State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Natural Resources with a Marine and Coastal concentration. She conducted her undergraduate research on whether artificial oyster reefs in the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge in Pamlico Sound, NC effectively mitigate shoreline erosion and decrease wave height.  She  began as an intern during the summer of 2015 and was later brought on board as Special Projects Associate. During her time in this position, she served as crew leader for the 2015 National Coastal Condition Assessment leading an eight-week effort that collected water and sediment samples from 33 sites in the estuarine system. She also developed a technical monitoring protocol for an invasive aquatic plant species (Hydrilla verticillata) in the Albemarle Sound and constructed a comprehensive plan for implementation. She is currently working on projects integrating ArcGIS technologies, assists with fieldwork, and represents APNEP at various meetings and outreach events on the coast.

Virginia Field Representative, Nonpoint Source Coordinator
(757) 518-2111
Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality, Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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