Fellowship institution:Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Project Title:A Biologically-Optimized Environmental Classification of Maryland Streams: Assessing Impacts of Stream Burial and Responses to Climate Change
Miriam Johnston is a master’s student at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program. She conducts research at the Appalachian Laboratory in western Maryland, where mountains and headwater streams abound. Her project focuses on modeling and spatial mapping of biodiversity in Maryland streams, including the impacts of urbanization on fish and macroinvertebrate communities. Her work is intended to help managers and stakeholders to plan the conservation and restoration of stream systems that contribute to the functioning of the Chesapeake Bay. Previously she worked on mycorrhizal fungi in Vermont, greater sage grouse in Wyoming, tundra fire in Alaska, and sea squirt symbiosis in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.