Jia Gao completed a master of science degree in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maryland, College Park. For her masters project, she focused on simulating wave climates in the Chesapeake Bay using the SWAN (Simulating Waves Nearshore) wave model as well as the influence of waves on the dynamics of shoreline erosion and sediment transport. Gao holds a bachelor of science degree in physical oceanography from Ocean University of China. When she’s not working in her office, you can probably find her working out at the gym.
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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.