Yini Shangguan is the inaugural Knauss fellow with the Nutrient Team at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. She will work with scientists and policymakers to develop numeric nutrient criteria and to better understand the overall condition of estuarine, near-coastal, and coral reef environments.
Shangguan received her Ph.D. degree in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, studying at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory. For her dissertation research, she participated in a South Florida Water Management District project to evaluate the impact of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan on freshwater discharge, nutrient loading, and algal blooms in Florida Bay. To address this question, her work included field sampling, conducting experiments, and numerical modeling.
Originally from China, Shangguan studied marine biology as an undergraduate. She loves nature and enjoys running, swimming, and outdoor activities. Shangguan hopes that working at the EPA will allow her to gain practical experience in environmental management and more opportunities for communication with the public.
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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.