Fan Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the University of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program working in Dr. Ming Li’s Ocean Modeling group at Horn Point Laboratory. His research has focused on the atmosphere-ocean interactions during extreme weather events (e.g., hurricanes and winter storms). He is currently working on developing a high-resolution numerical model that has the capacity to forecast storm surge and inundation in the Chesapeake Bay region, including the city of Baltimore. He is also interested in how the storms enhance the mixing process in the coastal region, which has a big impact on the fishing industry. During his free time, he enjoys hiking in the mountains. One of his favorite saying is: "If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you."
See Fan'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.