Jessica Foley, a graduate research assistant, is currently pursuing a master of science degree within the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland. Jessica focuses her time at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory working to improve and calibrate eelgrass (Zostera marina) models of the coastal lagoons along the Delmarva Peninsula. These critical ecosystems provide great opportunity to study the combined forces of varying land use and watershed inputs, nutrient loads, and climate change. Jessica holds a dual bachelor’s degree in environmental science and management and in Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. One of her favorite sayings is from Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
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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.