Samantha Gleich 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 works under the guidance of Dr. Pat Glibert at the UMCES Horn Point Laboratory, where she studies phytoplankton community responses to changes in nutrient abundance and form. Samantha received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lafayette College in 2017. When she was a student at Lafayette, Samantha participated in coastal research projects on the Hudson-Raritan estuary. In her spare time, Samantha loves jogging, hiking, and spending time with her friends.
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.