Nicole Millette is currently working towards her master’s degree in biological oceanography at the University of Maryland though its Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences Program. She is located at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland, where she works on winter dinoflagellate blooms in the Choptank River. She studies the predator-prey interactions of the plankton community during winter blooms and estimates how much carbon is potentially transferred up the food web as a result of those interactions. When she is not working on her research, she acts with a community theater troupe, the Tred Avon Players.
See Nicole's posts to Fellowship Experiences, Maryland Sea Grant's blog written by and about graduate fellows and their research.
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.