William Yagatich is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing his doctoral degree in sociology as a fellow of the Program for Society and the Environment. His current research explores the intersection of physical surroundings, social knowledge, and the effect that is produced by the interaction between people and their environment. More specifically, he is studying differences among several Watershed Stewards Academies in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, highlighting the differences in training, public outreach, and reception as a consequence of the academies’ physical location within the watershed. Yagatich holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Coastal Carolina University. When he is not working or studying, he can be found trying to keep up with his newborn daughter, Brody.
Fellowship Experiences Blog Posts
See William'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.