Sarah Laperriere is a Ph.D. student in the joint Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science working with Dr. Alyson Santoro. Her research focuses on nitrous oxide (N2O) dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay. N2O can be produced by microbes and is a potent greenhouse gas. Sarah received a B.S. in biology and B.A. in mathematics from Providence College in 2011. More recently, Sarah worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In 2012-13, she had the opportunity to work at Palmer Station in Antarctica, where she conducted field research in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry for the Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research Project. While in Antarctica, Sarah enjoyed sampling among swimming penguins and breaching humpback whales.
See Sarah'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.