P. Kanoko Maeda is a master’s student in the Environmental Science and Technology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is exploring social factors (demographics, knowledge, attitudes) that predict resident mosquito control and stormwater management in urban areas. Her research interests include urban ecology, environmental health, and diversity/inclusion within the environmental field. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, she combined her interests in both human and environmental systems with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology and conservation. Following her graduation, Kanoko moved to Washington, D.C., and has been exploring the city’s many museums ever since, her favorite being the National Museum of Natural History.
See Kanoko'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.