NOAA, Restoration Center, Office of Habitat Conservation
Alexandra Atkinson will be working with NOAA’s Habitat Conservation Department as a Habitat Focus Area Program Specialist. She will help NOAA coordinate and implement their Habitat Focus Area project, in which 10 sites across the country will be restored to create healthy, sustainable habitats for fish and wildlife.
Her past research has involved studying a variety of marine species, including mysids (small shrimps), Atlantic menhaden, and gray whales. Atkinson also worked to restore local wetlands in Illinois, her home state.
Atkinson completed a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Rochester and an M.S. in fisheries science at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. While working on her master’s, she was president of the American Fisheries Society’s Tidewater Chapter student subunit. Atkinson hopes that working with NOAA will allow her to gain an appreciation for the inner workings of NOAA.
See Alex'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.