Matthew Wilfong is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Science and Technology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. He works in Dr. Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman’s Urban Ecology Lab. His research primarily is focused on understanding factors which effect the performance of urban stormwater green infrastructure. His work will evaluate how different green infrastructure designs mitigate urban hydrology and help retain nutrients. This research will provide useful information on local water quality problems as well as fundamental knowledge on the effects of stormwater green infrastructure that can influence stormwater management and design. Matthew received a M.S. in Environmental Science from Towson University while researching the “Performance of Commercially Available Soil Amendments for Enhanced Copper Attenuation in Bioretention Media”, and a B.S in Chemistry and B.A. in Environmental Studies from Washington College. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing, trail running, and backpacking.
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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.