Fellowship institution:Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Project Title:Unexpected Resurgence of Submersed Plant Beds in Chesapeake Bay: Historical Data Analysis and Modeling
Cassie Gurbisz is a Ph.D. student in the University of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) program working in Dr. Michael Kemp’s Estuarine Ecosystem Processes group at Horn Point Laboratory. Her research has focused on the ecology of submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) with an emphasis on understanding the mechanisms driving change in SAV ecosystems. Gurbisz received a B.S. degree with a double major in environmental science and studio art in 2005 from Dickinson College. Before entering the MEES program in 2010, she worked as an environmental educator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and then as an education program manager for the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE). When she’s not in the field or the lab, you can find her on the water in a kayak or in the mountains with a pack on her back.
Check out her YouTube video about her research on the restoration of submersed aquatic vegetation in the Susquehanna Flats in the upper Chesapeake Bay.