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Zoraida P. Pérez Delgado is working as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator at NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. She will be working with a diverse portfolio touching on the themes of climate, oceans, weather, and coasts.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Pérez Delgado obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental science at the School of Science and Technology at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to the continental US to pursue an M.S. degree in the Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science Graduate Program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) focusing on the area of paleoclimatology. For her thesis, she used coral geochemical records from the Atlantic, Indian, and the Pacific oceans to understand better how temperature and precipitation patterns changed after strong volcanic eruptions during the last 400 years.
During her graduate studies, she volunteered at her campus visitor center and participated in CBL’s annual Open House, engaging with the public and sharing the importance of her research. She was also the President of the American Association of University Women–CBL Chapter. The group discussed various topics of member interest, with diversity and cultural interactions in science as a recurring theme. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, working on DIY and interior design projects, and going to concerts.
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.
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.
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