Emily Russ is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program, jointly administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of Dr. Cindy Palinkas's lab at UMCES' Horn Point Laboratory, where she studies sediment dynamics (transport, deposition, and accumulation) in the upper Chesapeake Bay. Emily received a bachelor of science degree in 2011 in natural resources with a marine and coastal concentration from North Carolina State University and earned an Outstanding Senior Award in Marine Sciences. She also received a master of science in 2013 in earth science, with a focus on coastal geomorphology and a graduate certificate in GIS from that university. When Emily is not working on research, she is likely outside somewhere throwing a frisbee or hiking in the woods.
Fellowship Experiences Blog Posts
See Emily's post 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.