Taylor Armstrong is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She works under the guidance of Dr. Allen Place at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. She is studying the toxins produced by algae and identifying natural algaecides to reduce harmful algal blooms. Taylor received her Master of Science degree at College of William and Mary-Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Bachelor of Science degree at University of South Carolina. After her master’s degree, Taylor participated in the Sea Grant Knauss fellowship program where she worked on marine policy at NOAA. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, running, and painting.
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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.