Jake Hagedorn is a Ph.D. student at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. He is working on a collaborative project with Dr. Eric Davidson studying soil biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling as it relates to agricultural management on the Delmarva Peninsula. Jake received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 in environmental science with an earth science concentration from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He also received a Master of Science in 2016 in geosciences from Pennsylvania State University, working on a project evaluating nitrogen cycling in a wastewater spray irrigation system. In his free time, Jake is playing soccer, gardening, or hiking with his family in the mountains of Maryland.
See Jake'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.