NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology
Aimee Hoover is serving in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology. She is part of the National Observer Program, working on the National Bycatch Report Update and hoping to improve the work environment for fisheries observers.
Hoover is completing her master’s degree in fisheries science at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She is studying the movement of Costa Rican sea turtles to improve management and conservation of these endangered species. Her field studies on hatchling sea turtles took her to the Cayman Islands and remote beaches in Costa Rica.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from the University of Miami. She went on to study how fish are impacted by invasive species in the Great Lakes and worked in Hawaii examining commercial and recreational fisheries. Almost a year of her time in Hawaii was spent collecting data while living aboard ships. Hoover helped to develop online tools to reduce the unwanted catch of leatherback turtles in the Hawaiian longline fishery and prevent ship strikes of blue whales off the California coast.
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.