Katie Hornick is currently a master’s student and is in the process of switching to a Ph.D. in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland. She receives her pearls of wisdom from Dr. Louis Plough’s lab at the Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, where she studies population genetics of eastern oyster restoration. The goal of this project is to develop an individual-based model to assess the genetic impact of supplementing wild populations of oysters with hatchery-produced oysters in Harris Creek. Katie received a Bachelor of Science in natural sciences from Loyola Marymount University in 2012. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Katie spent a year and a half in Puerto Montt, Chile, flexing her mental muscles while studying the effect of salmon aquaculture on microbial diversity and community composition of sediments. When Katie isn’t in the lab, she can be found making jewelry, hiking, or hanging out at the beach with her pug, Oliver.
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.