Ammar Hanif is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program program. He has been studying marine science since he was 18 years old. Ammar recently completed his master’s degree at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and has also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morgan State University and an associate’s degree in biotechnology from Baltimore City Community College. While still an undergraduate, he used molecular tools to identify microorganisms in the marine environment including a dinoflagellate parasite of blue crabs. He went on to study the environmental prevalence of this dinoflagellate for his master’s thesis. As an undergraduate and as a master’s student, Ammar was supported by the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) at IMET. Ammar is currently studying “The diet and feeding of Atlantic menhaden using DNA barcoding identification based on cox1 sequences to enable the linking of primary production to fisheries” with Dr. Allen Place at IMET.
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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.