Zachary Gotthardt is a master’s student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He is currently studying the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in Rock Creek in Anne Arundel County in response to aeration. The goal of the project is to analyze and quantify ecosystem response to oxygen aeration by examining chemical changes in the system. If the response is positive, aeration systems similar to the one at Rock Creek could be used more extensively to reduce the effects of pollution and other anthropogenic activities in estuaries. For his undergraduate work, Zachary dual-majored in biology and marine science with a concentration in integrative organismalbiology and a minor in chemistry at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. When Zachary is not studying, he spends his time fly-fishing, hiking, and diving.
See Zachary'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.