Hayley Oakland is a master’s student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems (GES) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She has worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University since 2015, where she studied the effects of stream restoration on ecosystems in Pennsylvania, including their macroinvertebrate, algae, and fish communities. She also participated in assessments of channel and floodplain habitats. Hayley is working in Dr. Matthew Baker’s lab at UMBC, where they are expanding upon the Pennsylvania project, adding sites in Maryland and making a more thorough analysis of stream habitat and topography metrics. Hayley received her bachelor of science in 2014 from the University of Oregon, where she majored in environmental science and minored in biology. She wrote an honors thesis focused on coastal ecology, wastewater pollutants, and the potential ecological and social efficacy of environmental remediation practices in Zanzibar, Tanzania. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys road and mountain biking, hiking, music, and her cats.
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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.