Katie Hornick is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program through the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). She receives her pearls of wisdom from Dr. Louis Plough at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory, where she studies population genetics of eastern oyster restoration. Katie received a Bachelor of Science in natural sciences from Loyola Marymount University in 2012. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Katie spent a year and a half in Puerto Montt, Chile, flexing her mental muscles while studying the effect of salmon aquaculture on microbial diversity and community composition of sediments. In her spare time, Katie enjoys making jewelry, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her pug, Oliver.
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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.