NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology
Noelle Olsen served as the bycatch, release mortality, and observer program specialist in the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology. She is a master’s student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Noelle studied the reproductive biology and sexual maturity of Jonah crabs (Cancer borealis) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight with Dr. Bradley Stevens. After discovering a love for lobsters, she started a side project looking at the prevalence of epizootic shell disease in lobsters while working aboard commercial fishing boats. Noelle received her B.A. in biology with a specialization in ecology and conservation biology and a minor in marine science from Boston University in 2013. After graduating, she was a marine mammal research intern with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, collecting data and educating passengers on whale-watching boats. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and concerts. She is proud to be a part of the LGBTQ community.
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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.