Fellowship institution:Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Project Title:Quantifying Changes to Nutrient Cycling and Nitrogen Removal in an Estuary as a Consequence of Aeration
Zachary Gotthardt is a master’s student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He is currently studying the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in Rock Creek in Anne Arundel County in response to aeration. The goal of the project is to analyze and quantify ecosystem response to oxygen aeration by examining chemical changes in the system. If the response is positive, aeration systems similar to the one at Rock Creek could be used more extensively to reduce the effects of pollution and other anthropogenic activities in estuaries. For his undergraduate work, Zachary dual-majored in biology and marine science with a concentration in integrative organismalbiology and a minor in chemistry at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. When Zachary is not studying, he spends his time fly-fishing, hiking, and diving.
See Zachary's posts to Fellowship Experiences, Maryland Sea Grant's blog written by and about graduate fellows and their research: