Joel Bostic is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory. Joel is researching the effect of land use patterns on the export of nutrients in streams within the Chesapeake Bay watershed with Drs. David Nelson and Keith Eshleman. Joel received a B.S. in science education from Western Carolina University and a M.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina. When he’s not doing research, Joel enjoys hanging out with his wife and young son, trail running in the mountains, and whitewater kayaking.
See Joel'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.