Tammy Newcomer Johnson spent her fellowship year in the National Sea Grant Office at NOAA. She served as a national resource specialist.
Originally from Maryland, Newcomer Johnson has dedicated her career to exploring and understanding how humans can live sustainably within their environment. As a doctoral student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES) program at the University of Maryland, College Park, she explores the impacts of urbanization on the ecology and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Her research focuses on the capacity of stream restoration and stormwater management projects to reduce excess nitrogen flowing from urban areas to the estuary.
Before beginning graduate school, she worked on a number of research projects through a program called the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. These included efforts to map the occurrence of flash floods in the city. She also served as a fellow at the National Science Foundation and collaborated with students and teachers at the K-12 level to design hands-on environmental science lessons revolving around water, biodiversity, and carbon.
Newcomer Johnson has also spent many years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to construct affordable housing for underserved communities in Maryland and Florida. She’s now in the midst of renovating her own 1947 bungalow in Reisterstown, Maryland, with her husband.
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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.