Robert Semmler is a M.S. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program (MEES) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is doing his field work with the Fish and Invertebrate Ecology lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland. Robert’s work focuses on tagging adult blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) and using information called in by recreational and commercial fishers who catch these crabs to interpret trends in fishing pressure throughout the Chesapeake Bay. These crabs are of great commercial importance to the region and their fishery has proven difficult to manage. Until estimates of recreational fish catch are better understood, organizations that manage the blue crab population will not be able to make the best decisions to create a proper balance between the fishery’s economic stability and the population’s sustainability. Robert received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, with minors in environmental studies and geological science. In his spare time, Robert enjoys kayaking and performing improvisational comedy shows with friends.
See Robert'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.