Jeanette Davis joined the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a Knauss Fellow in 2015. She assisted the Office of Science and Technology in its sea turtle conservation efforts, working to develop stock assessments for vulnerable populations. She also traveled to Hawaii alongside NOAA researchers to study sea turtles in person.
Davis completed a doctoral degree at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore. There, she explored the bacterial communities that are associated with tropical sea slugs that congregate around Hawaii every spring to mate. She focused on the compounds that they produce. Some may have uses in human medicine, including one compound with potential anticancer properties.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Davis was first introduced to marine science as an undergraduate student at Hampton University in Virginia. During that time, she lived for a month on a 53-foot sailboat as part of a research internship.
Following her fellowship, Davis accepted a position as a Research Associate at NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology
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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.