Molly Van Appledorn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and a master of science from Utah State University. Her research will guide cost-effective riparian reforestation and conservation projects by identifying native Maryland plant species necessary to efficiently inventory and monitor floodplain ecosystem function. By bridging the fields of plant ecology, fluvial geomorphology, and landscape ecology through rigorous modeling and quantitative approaches, her work offers interdisciplinary insights into riparian ecology not previously explored by traditional approaches. Her research questions have been shaped through interactions with practitioners and policy makers who are faced with the challenge of meeting societal demands on natural capital, often with limited resources. She looks forward to sharing her results with a variety of end-users. When she’s not crunching numbers in the office or swatting mosquitoes in the field, Molly may be found playing banjo, hunting for fossils, or chasing squirrels with her dog Pepper.
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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.