Dani Weissman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a graduate research assistant at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD. She is a member of Dr. Kate Tully's agroecology lab. Her research addresses the relationship between nutrient cycling and saltwater intrusion in coastal areas where tidal salt marshes and farmland converge. In 2010, Dani earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental earth science with a focus in geology from Johns Hopkins University. Her larger research goal is to promote land conservation and coastal sustainability through sound science and basic research. Dani has also become involved in outreach efforts with local government and nonprofit groups as part of her mission to bridge science and the public. In her spare time, Dani plays the fiddle in her band, Swamp Donkey Newgrass.
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.