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.
Shivish Bhandari is a graduate student in the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. program at Morgan State University studying environment-genome interaction in Eastern oysters. Outside of his studies, Shivish enjoys traveling, bird watching, and photography.
In the Chesapeake Bay, resource managers are currently struggling with how to develop policy to inform aquaculture (AQ) industry expansion while supporting environmental Bay goals. Specifically, the recent expansion of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) into and near oyster AQ leases is creating tension between definitions of Bay resilience. To inform policy decisions that consider ecosystem service values, I propose applying a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) of in-water and nearshore ecosystem services in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.