Bruna Sobrinho and Laura Wiltsee, graduate students from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory, received $2,500 scholarships to advance their research and studies. This support has been a long-running commitment of the Mid-Shore Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) to foster education and the environment. Sobrinho’s studies focus on harmful algal blooms and the adverse effects on the environment and public health, and Wiltsee’s focus is oysters and how they interact with their environment. This year the Maryland Chapter of IWLA contributed an additional $1,500 scholarship that went to Ph.D. student Nicole Trenholm, who is currently on the coast of Greenland doing summer field work studying the impacts of increased glacial meltwater discharge on the Earth’s oceans.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is a preeminent environmental research and educational institution that leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay from a network of laboratories across the state. As an environmental research and graduate institution, UMCES holds a unique and important place among the University System of Maryland’s 12 institutions. Every year, more than 80 graduate students study and work alongside UMCES scientists and faculty members through the nationally ranked Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program. Students go on to become environmental leaders in both the public and private sectors, research, and environmental advocacy.