Contact Us / Sanctuary Staff


Dr. Patricia Delgado, Superintendent / Wetland Ecologist
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Main Duties

- Managing the Sanctuary
- Leading research and monitoring projects

Patricia has conducted wetland research for over 20 years and has never tired of learning about these magnificent places. She believes in the important role of science in supporting education, resource conservation, and management. In the Sanctuary, she is eager to promote environmental education, stewardship, research, citizen science, and science communication to the public, while also providing a protected environment for the public enjoyment. Patricia received a B.S. in Marine Biology from Universidad Nacional de Heredia (Costa Rica) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. 

Liana Vitali, Naturalist & Education Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Main Duties

Coordinating, developing, and leading Sanctuary formal and public education programs
 Developing and/or assisting with Sanctuary research studies
Liana believes wholeheartedly in the power of science inquiry to not only discover the natural world but to also discover ourselves. Through inspiring and meaningful outdoor learning experiences, she believes you can never be too old or too young to find excitement in nature. Liana earned her BS in Biology & Ecology at Penn State University and her Master’s in Zoology through the Global Field Program of the Miami University of Ohio.

Melinda Fegler, Naturalist & Volunteer Coordinator
Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (variable), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Main Duties
- Coordinating volunteer activities
- Coordinating stewardship projects

Melinda loves to share her passion for ecological research, restoration, citizen science and outdoor education. Melinda's own education comes from Texas A&M University with a BS in Marine Biology and a MS in Natural Resource Management.

Debra Gage,  Naturalist & Office Manager

Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Main Duties
- Managing all aspects of the office and office volunteers
- Welcoming visitors and encouraging their interest in the plants, animals and ecosystems of Jug Bay

Debra received her bachelors degree in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2009 she changed focus to follow her passion to learn more about the natural world and environmental concerns. She is certified as a Master Watershed Steward, Maryland Master Naturalist and Maryland Woodland Steward. 

Shelby Cross, Chesapeake Conservation Corp Member 

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Shelby is a 2017 CCC member with a love for the outdoors. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Goucher College.

Richard Chaney, Maintenance
Richard lives near the Sanctuary and enjoys working in the out of doors, maintaining our tractors and other equipment, and keeping the grounds looking good. 

Donald Smith, Maintenance
Bristol resident Donald Smith is an active member of Soller’s Methodist Church which borders the Sanctuary. Donald is a carpenter and a pipe fitter, and for over twenty years he worked for the U.S. Navy at the Washington Navy Yard.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
Office: 410-741-9330   Fax: 410-741-9346