Fellowship institution:Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Project Title:From Genes to Ecosystems: Integrating Measures of Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Within Urbanizing Bay Watersheds
Sarah Laperriere is a Ph.D. student in the joint Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science working with Dr. Alyson Santoro. Her research focuses on nitrous oxide (N2O) dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay. N2O can be produced by microbes and is a potent greenhouse gas. Sarah received a B.S. in biology and B.A. in mathematics from Providence College in 2011. More recently, Sarah worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In 2012-13, she had the opportunity to work at Palmer Station in Antarctica, where she conducted field research in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry for the Palmer Station Long Term Ecological Research Project. While in Antarctica, Sarah enjoyed sampling among swimming penguins and breaching humpback whales.
See Sarah's posts to Fellowship Experiences, Maryland Sea Grant's blog written by and about graduate fellows and their research: