Peter Tango, Ph.D.

Peter was hooked on science ever since a 5th grade teacher inspired him to start a birding life list. That was 1976. A passion for science and maintaining the birding life list continues! Peter's degree work in forest biology (BS), wildlife science (MS) and fisheries management (PhD) supports his positions with the USGS (Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Coordinator & Acting Deputy Director (PWRC))

Biography

Education

Ph.D. Fisheries Science, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1999.

M.S. Wildlife Management, West Virginia University, 1986.

B.S. Forest Biology, Magna Cum Laude, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1984.

 

Research / Professional Focus / Current Projects

Research Interests

  • Ecology of Eutrophication
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Environmental Monitoring frameworks and efficiencies
  • Harmful algal blooms and phytoplankton ecology

Project Management Experience

  • 14 years, Project Officer overseeing Chesapeake Bay Program Bay and Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program elements, 11 grants and intergovernmental agreements, multijurisdictional, $5+ million
  • 10 years prior experience in managing research projects funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in phytoplankton and zooplankton monitoring

Current Projects

  • Organizing and conducting large scale monitoring program review
  • Grant work

Focus

  • Understanding ecosystem linkages and trajectories in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • Defining monitoring needs in order to improve monitoring networks and assist managers in their needs for guiding restoration implementation

 

Professional Experience

2020 Acting Deputy Director for Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS. 120 detail. 

2007 to present: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Monitoring Coordinator, USGS.

  • Coordinator for Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team, 2010-present.
  • Coordinator for National and Regional Assessment Team leader – USGS MD/DE/DC office, 2010 – present.
  • Chair – Chesapeake Bay Program Criteria Assessment Protocols Workgroup, 2007-present.
  • Maryland Water Monitoring Council, Board member, 2010-2016.
  • James River Science Review Board, 2011-2017.

2004-2007: Chief of Quantitative Ecological Assessment, MD DNR

  • Project Leader for Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring, MD DNR - 2003

March 2005: State Representative to IOC Harmful Algae International database record group under the National Representative, Don Anderson.

January 2005: National contact for the US Maryland/Mid-Atlantic region for CYANONET, a Global Network for the Hazard Management of Cyanobacterial Blooms and Toxins in Water Resources. This project is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) International Hydrology Program.

1998-2002: Natural Resource Planner, MD DNR.

1997-98: Environmental Research Statistician – MD DNR.

1995-97: Biostatistician - MD DNR.

1995: Assistant Statistician - SUNY CESF.

1990-91: Biotechnician - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1985-1991: Bird banding studies, snowshoe hare and river otter restoration projects, small mammal studies, vegetation plot assessments in the eastern United States with various federal and state agencies and consulting firms.

Mentoring

  • 2016. Senior Project, St. Mary’s College, MD. Jeremy Carlton. Tidal water macroinvertebrate sampling protocol development.

  • 2015. New York Academy of Sciences, Global STEM Project. 1 student, 2 months

  • 2014. Summer. Alex Gipson, University of Maryland, Senior Science Project – Water quality of the Magothy River – Detecting effects of boat traffic.

  • 2008-2011 Ph.D. Committee member for Ji Li. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies – Horn Point Laboratory. Successful Ph.D. completion.

  • 2008-2009 Ph.D. Committee member for Amy Drohan, Ph.D. candidate. Morgan State University.

  • 2002-2003. Inner City Youth Science Mentor with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Baltimore, MD. 18 months.

Steering Committees/Boards/Review Teams

  • 2019-20 Co-Chair: Exploring satellite image integration for  the Chesapeake Bay submerged aquatic vegetation program. Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific Technical Advisory Committee sponsored workshop. 
  • 2019-2020. Lead on Chesapeake Bay Program Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team funded Real-time Hypoxia Monitoring Pilot Project. 
  • 2017-20 San Francisco Bay Dissolved Oxygen Criteria Technical Advisory Committee
  • 2017-19 Camp Letts YMCA Board Member – Science Advisor.
  • 2017-18 Massachusetts Marine Dissolved Oxygen Criteria Technical Advisory Committee
  • 2016 Suisun Marsh Dissolved Oxygen Technical Advisory Committee
  • 2011 EPA STAR grant reviewer
  • 2011 Session Chair NCER Conference.
  • 2010-present MD Seagrant Academic Advisory Committee
  • 2007 Steering Committee Fourth International Symposium on Harmful Algal Blooms.
  • 2010-present. Academic Advisory Committee, Maryland Sea Grant.
  • 2009-2015. Board Member, Maryland Water Monitoring Council.
  • 2013, 2014, 2017. Co-race director, Annapolis Triathlon Club. “Tri for the Environment”, a sprint triathlon event, Edgewater, MD. These were fund-raising events to support environmental conservation activities through the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
  • 2006-2007. President, Deale Beach Citizens Association.
  • 1997, 1998. Volunteer Bird Bander, Project Owlnet in Maryland.
  • 1995-1996. Board member, Onondaga County Audubon Society.  
  • 1995. Technical Advisory Board member, New York River Otter Project, Inc.
  • 1994. Student President of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry branch of the American Fisheries Society.
  • 1984. President of the Alpha Xi Sigma Honor Society at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Referee/reviewer

  • Reviewer:

    • Professional Journals, 1-4 reviews annually since 2000.

      Estuaries and Coasts, Harmful Algae, Toxins, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Heliyon, Sustainability, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. Documented reviews since 2016 are tracked by Publons https://publons.com/in/mdpi/

  • Grants Review Teams
    • MERHAB, Maryland Sea Grant, EPA STAR

 

Associations and Memberships

  • Coasts and Estuarine Research Federation

Presentations and Posters

2019. Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Criteria and Their Assessment: The Monitoring and Assessment Framework Supporting the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Chesapeake Bay Program STAC, Blacksburg, VA, June 11, 2019. 

2019. What happened to Pfiesteria hysteria? Chesapeake Bay harmful algal blooms in the 20 years since the "Cell from Hell"CPRC SETAC 2019 Spring Meeting Keynote Address, Canaan Valley, WV. 

2019. Adaptive water quality monitoring and evolving assessments enhance decision-support for watershed and bay recovery in the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Denver, CO. March 28.

2019. Data to Decisions. National Citizen Science Association Conference. Raleigh, NC. 

2018. Presentation and Session C0-Chair: Method development of the Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards indicator. American Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. November 7. 

2018. Presentation. Invited Keynote speaker. Annual meeting of the PA American Fisheries Society.

2017. Presentation. Invited Keynote Speaker. Annual Meeting of regional SETAC.

2017. Presentation: The Chesapeake Bay Long term water quality monitoring Program. Data to Decisions Workshop, Maryland Water Monitoring Council. Wye Research Center, MD.

2017. Poster. Building Environmental Intelligence: Solutions to Barriers in Monitoring Program Integration. P. Tango. 2nd Citizen Science Association Conference, May 17-19, St. Paul, MN.

2016. Presentation: The Chesapeake Bay Long term water quality monitoring Program. Data to Decisions Workshop, Maryland Water Monitoring Council.

2016. Presentation. Ches Bay Mon Program. National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, Tampa, FL.

2015. Presentation. Citizen Science and the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program. Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference, Winchester, VA.

2015. Presentation. New Directions in Citizen Science Monitoring for the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership. Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference, Winchester, VA.

2015. Presentation. Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Monitoring. Invited speaker. York County Coalition for Clean Waters, York, PA.

2015. Presentation. Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Criteria and Their Assessment. Invited speaker, ELPR Symposium. William and Mary School of Law School, Williamsburg, VA.

2015. Poster. Dead Zones and mortal moments: the expanding role for citizen science in defining total hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay. 1st Citizen Science Association Conference, San Jose, CA.

2014. Presentation. Environmental Monitoring and Communication. Local Government Advisory Committee Workshop. Harrisburg, PA.

2014. Presentation. Give and Take: Building and Sustaining Integrated Long-term Water Quality Monitoring Networks in the Chesapeake Bay and Basin. National Water Quality Monitoring Council Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

2013. Presentation. Growing with Partnerships: The Continued Evolution of our Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership’s Long-term Water Quality Monitoring Programs. Chesapeake Forum, MD Department of Natural Resources, Howard County Community College, MD.

2013. Presentation. Chesapeake Bay Program Tidal and Non-tidal Monitoring Networks and Assessments. Invited speaker for the Delaware Department of Agriculture briefing: Assessing the Condition of Delaware’s Waters and Nutrient Management Efforts. Dover, DE.

2012. Poster. Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Effects on the Chesapeake Bay and Basin: Findings Report from the Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific Technical Assessment and Reporting Team, April 2012 Storm Effects Workshop. Conference on Impacts of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee on the Hudson River, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY.

2012. Presentation. Chesapeake Bay Program Tidal and Non-tidal Monitoring Networks and Assessments. Conference on Assessing the Condition of Delaware’s Waters and Nutrient Management Efforts: Monitoring, Modeling and Research. Dover, DE.

2012. Presentation. Indicators, Diagnosis, Reduced Uncertainty, Criteria Assessment, Policy Setting, and Discovery: Advancing Applications Using High Frequency Water Quality Monitoring Data in the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.  National Water Quality Monitoring Council Conference, Portland, OR.

2011. Poster. Criteria, Monitoring and Assessment: Support for Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet Development and Tracking Health Progress. Tango, P.J., J.L. Keisman, and R. A. Batiuk. National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, Baltimore, MD.

2011. Presentation. Monitoring Applications in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Development. Tango, P., R. Batiuk, G. Shenk, L. Linker, J. Keisman, K. Foreman. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, Portland, OR.

2010. Poster. Partnership Approach to Optimization of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay and Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program 2007-09: Process Review, Lessons Learned. Tango, P., C. Haywood, D. Wardrop, W. Dennison, K. Havens, S. Phillips, J. Keisman, K. Foreman, J. Johnson, R.Batiuk. National Water Quality Monitoring Council Meeting, Denver, CO.

2007. Presentation and Poster. Towards Developing a Harmful Algal Bloom-based estuarine Chlorophyll a criteria in Chesapeake Bay. Tango, P., J. Johnson and R. Batiuk. Estuarine Research Federation, Providence, RI.

2005. Presentation. Assessing the validation of a preliminary Karlodinium micrum Nowcast model system in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries: A framework for Harmful Algal Bloom Nowcasts and Forecasts. Tango, P.J., C.W. Brown, T.F. Gross, D.L. Ramers, R.R. Hood and B.D. Michael. Invited Presentation- GEOHAB, March 7-10, 2005. Baltimore, MD.

2005. Presentation. New Technologies for Monitoring and Assessing Harmful Algal Blooms and Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. C. Heyer, M. Trice, P. Tango, B. Michael, P. Glibert, L. Codispoti, V. Kelly. Invited Presentation – GEOHAB, March 7-10, 2005. Baltimore, MD.

2005. Poster. History of Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring in Maryland Tidewaters: Monitoring, Response, Nowcasting and Forecasting. Tango, P., B. Michael, D. Goshorn, R. Magnien, C. Heyer, M. Trice, W. Butler, C. Wazniak, R. Karrh, S. Bowen, R. Lacouture, H. Bowers, D. Oldach, C. Luckett, C. Poukish, D. Matuzsak, J. Ryan, H. Lynch, C. Brown, R. Hood, T. Gross, D. Ramers. GEOHAB, March 7-10, 2005. Baltimore, MD.

2005. Poster. Interannual variability of Aurecoccus anophagefferens in the Maryland Coastal Bays. Wazniak, C., M. Hall, P. Tango, P. Glibert and B. Sturgis. GEOHAB, March 7-10, 2005. Baltimore, MD.

2005. Poster. Cyanotoxins in the tidewaters of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay: The Maryland Experience. Tango, P., W. Butler and B. Michael. International Symposium on Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms, September 6-10, 2005, Raleigh, NC, sponsored by USEPA.

2005. Poster. Experimental forecast of Microcystis bloom characteristics on the tidal Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay. Tango, P., W. Butler and B. Michael. 3rd National Symposium on Harmful Algal Blooms in the United States, October 2-7, 2005. Asilomar, CA.

2003. Poster. The presence of domoic acid in Pseudo-nitzschia from the Choptank River, a Chesapeake Bay tributary. Thessen, A.E., D.K. Stoecker, P. Tango, S. Morton and D. Caron. Second Symposium on Harmful Marine Algae in the United States. Dec. 9-13, 2003. Woods Hole, MA.

2003. Poster. Occurrence of Karlodinium micrum and its association with fish kills in Maryland estuaries.Goshorn, D., J Deeds, P. Tango, C. Poukish, A. Place, M. McGinty, W. Butler, C. Luckett, and R. Magnien. Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae, St. Petersburg, FL.

2002. Poster. An unprecedented bloom of Dinophysis acuminata in Chesapeake Bay. Tango, P., W. Butler, R. Lacouture, R. Eskin, D. Goshorn, B. Michael, W. Beatty, K. Brohaun and S. Hall. Submitted for Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae, St. Petersburg, FL.

2001. Poster. Associations between Pfiesteria and environmental variables in Chesapeake Bay. Magnien, R. B. Michael, P. Tango, D. Goshorn, R. Karrh, M. Trice, D. Oldach and H. Bowers. Estuarine Research Conference, FL.

2001. Poster. Associations between the presence of ulcerated menhaden and Pfiesteria in Maryland. Goshorn, D., R. Magnien, P. Tango, B. Michael, D. Oldach, and H. Bowers. Estuarine Research Conference, FL.

2000. Poster: Nearshore-offshore data comparisons with volunteer and government monitoring programs in the Coastal Bays of Maryland. Tango, P. and C. Wazniak. Maryland Water Monitoring Council, Linthicum, MD.

2000. Poster. Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Pfiesteria piscicida in Chesapeake Bay waters, 1999-2000. Bowers, H.,  T. Tengs, A. Ziman, P. Tango, D. Goshorn, R. Magnien, R. Karrh, and D. Oldach. Centers for Disease Control Conference, Atlanta, GA.

1999. Poster. Associations between Pfiesteria, fish health and environmental conditions in Chesapeake Bay.  Magnien, R., D. Goshorn, B.  Michael, R. Karrh, P. Tango, J. Burkholder, D. Oldach, K. Steidinger and C. Driscoll. IX International Conference on Harmful Algal Blooms, Tazmania.

1996. Presentation. Fish community response to water quality changes in Onondaga Lake, NY. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Providence, RI.

1996. Presentation. Response patterns of Maryland marsh bird assemblages to broadcast vocalizations. 51st Annual meeting, Maryland Ornithological Society, Catonsville, MD.

1996. Presentation. Three-hundred years of ecosystem history in Onondaga Lake with an emphasis on the fish community. Joint meeting of the New York State Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife Societies, Liverpool, NY.

1992. Presentation. Spatial variations of dissolved oxygen and potential fish refugia in a hypereutrophic lake. Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, Albany, NY.

1991. Presentation. Seasonal movements of radio-telemetered river otter in West Virginia. Southeast Conference of the Fish and Game Commission, White Sulphur Springs, WV.

1991. Presentation. Fall and winter observations on the American Woodcock in Northampton County, VA. Eighth Symposium on the American Woodcock, Purdue University, IN.

1988. Presentation. Summer home range of reintroduced river otters in West Virginia. Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, Warm Springs, WV.

Other Information

Hobbies and Activities: Triathlete (swim, bike, run), fishing, hunting, hiking, gardening, softball, volleyball, birding, kayaking, canoeing, golf, cooking, and probably a few more activities as time allows.