Adriane Michaelis is a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of Dr. Jen Shaffer’s lab, Knowledge, Response, and Adaptation to Environmental Change. Broadly, Adriane’s research interests emphasize local community inclusion in natural resource management. Her dissertation work focuses on the development of oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay, the composition and motivation of those currently involved in Maryland’s oyster harvest (wild and aquaculture), and future considerations related to oyster aquaculture and management. Adriane received a B.S. in anthropology-zoology from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in marine biology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Before starting her dissertation work with Maryland’s watermen and oyster growers, Adriane dove from and captained a dive research vessel while monitoring Maryland’s restored oyster reefs.
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.