University System of Maryland Office for the Vice President for Sustainability
Tassew Mekuria earned both master's and PhD degrees from Morgan State University in 2009 and 2020, respectively. His master’s degree is in Biology with an emphasis on Environmental Biology, and his PhD is in Bioenvironmental Science. Mekuria’s notable research accomplishments are on the biodegradation of toxic and persistent chemicals from the soil and the application of nanotechnology, specifically cobalt ferrite nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, to develop a nano-magnetic sensor for the detection of heavy metals in water sources. Mekuria was a member of the Seifu Research Group at Morgan State University that has several collaborations with federal laboratories such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the US Army Research Laboratory. Mekuria holds several years of teaching experience in biological science from high school to college levels in the state of Maryland. He also served as Crime Scene Investigator for several years in the Baltimore Police Crime Lab. Currently, Mekuria is working for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science on environmental policy issues in support of the Science and Technology Working Group of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. Mekuria is also assisting the Office of the University System of Maryland Chancellor on environmental sustainability issues.
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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.
Leone Yisrael is a cephalopod-loving scuba diver, cook, and loves to try new activities. She conducts genetic analysis and fieldwork at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center through the Coastal Disease Ecology Lab.
Oyster aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry in Maryland’s Chesapeake waters which stimulates economic activity and may provide a host of ecosystem benefits. A potential concern associated with the intensification of the oyster aquaculture is the local production and accumulation of oyster biodeposits, which can lead to a porewater sulfide accumulation and declining bioturbation, symptoms of declining ecosystem function. Sulfide is naturally removed from the seafloor by the interactions between bioturbating infauna and sulfide oxidizing bacteria.