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.
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Smithville is a community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the edge of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A century ago, Smithville had more than 100 residents. Today, it has four, in two homes: an elderly couple, and one elderly woman and her son, who cares for her.
Taylor Armstrong is studying the toxins produced by algae and identifying natural algaecides to reduce harmful algal blooms. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, running, and painting.
Urban stormwater runoff remains on the of the primary sources of nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants in receiving waters, like the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and green infrastructure (SWGI) have been implemented in urban and suburban areas to re-establish ecosystem functions lost because of urbanization. SWGI treatment trains provide sequential infiltration and treatment of stormwater on the landscape prior to export into nearby waterways and groundwater.