Justin Meschter is a master’s student at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science Graduate Program, with a specialization in environmental science. He conducts research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as part of the Biogeochemistry Laboratory and field work at the Smithsonian Global Change Research Wetland. Justin is studying the effects of the invasive plant Phramities australis on below-ground microbial communities. He is also interested in the interactive effects between the invasive Phragmities austalis and projected climate change scenarios such as increased nitrogen pollution and elevated atmospheric CO2. The understanding of the interaction between below-ground and above-ground ecosystems can play an important role in determining future environmental conditions related to climate change.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” - John Muir.
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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.