Emily Liljestrand is a master’s student in the University System of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program. Working with Dr. Mike Wilberg at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, she hopes to improve understanding of menhaden stock, death rate, and migratory patterns by applying novel statistical techniques to historical tagging data from the late 1960s. From this information, she and others hope to make more informed predictions and suggestions about how to best manage and exploit this essential species. Emily triple majored in ecology, biochemistry, and Asian studies at Rice University. She holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts and worked for five years as a part-time EMT.
See Emily'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.