Alex Rittle is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor the Patapsco River prior to and following the removal of the Bloede Dam on Maryland’s Patapsco River. His research interests are focused on a wide variety of spatial dynamics in river systems, including ecological, hydrological, and physical processes. He received a bachelor of science degree in geology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where he also studied aquatic insects in rivers. He received his master’s degree in geography and a certificate in stream and watershed science from the University of Kentucky. When not in the lab, Alex is teaching and mastering GIS, paddle boarding, practicing yoga, cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, or traveling with friends.
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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.