Carly Maas is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She works with Dr. Sujay Kaushal of the University of Maryland, College Park and Dr. Paul Mayer from the Environmental Protection Agency on the impacts of winter deicing agents and other sources of salt on the water quality in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. She seeks to quantify the different concentrations of salts and the processes associated with the mobilization of nutrients and metals.
Carly received her B.S. in geology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where she studied the uses of accidental urban wetlands in mitigating the effect of road salt on an urban headwater stream. She enjoys being outside whether running around a lake, hiking up a mountain, or biking on greenway trails.
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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.
Shivish Bhandari is a graduate student in the Bioenvironmental Science Ph.D. program at Morgan State University studying environment-genome interaction in Eastern oysters. Outside of his studies, Shivish enjoys traveling, bird watching, and photography.
In the Chesapeake Bay, resource managers are currently struggling with how to develop policy to inform aquaculture (AQ) industry expansion while supporting environmental Bay goals. Specifically, the recent expansion of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) into and near oyster AQ leases is creating tension between definitions of Bay resilience. To inform policy decisions that consider ecosystem service values, I propose applying a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) of in-water and nearshore ecosystem services in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.