Katherine Martin is a master’s student in the University of Maryland’s Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program. She works in Dr. Michael Gonsior’s lab at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory on a collaborative project between Dr. Gonsior, Dr. Lora Harris, and Dr. Andrew Heyes. Her research focuses on developing a new multi-tracer approach to identify and trace septic system effluent. Her work will also compare the performance of older versus new nitrogen-removing septic systems. Katherine majored in geology with a concentration in geochemistry at Bryn Mawr College. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and rock collecting.
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.
Shivish Bhandari is a graduate student in the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. program at Morgan State University studying environment-genome interaction in Eastern oysters. Outside of his studies, Shivish enjoys traveling, bird watching, and photography.
In the Chesapeake Bay, resource managers are currently struggling with how to develop policy to inform aquaculture (AQ) industry expansion while supporting environmental Bay goals. Specifically, the recent expansion of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) into and near oyster AQ leases is creating tension between definitions of Bay resilience. To inform policy decisions that consider ecosystem service values, I propose applying a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) of in-water and nearshore ecosystem services in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.