This month, Dani was awarded the Garden Club of America’s Coastal Wetland Studies Scholarship to study salt water intrusion and legacy phosphorus release on coastal farmland. The award is $5,000 and will go towards field and laboratory research costs. This summer, she will be sampling water and soils at project study sites on the lower eastern shore of Maryland. She has kicked off her research with a laboratory microcosm study on soils from a marsh-farm boundary in Blackwater National Wildlife refuge. She is exposing the soils to different types and combinations of salts found in sea water in order to better understand the mechanism for phosphorus release in tidally inundated soils.
The Garden Club of America (GCA) was founded in 1913 and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to horticulture, conservation, and civic works projects. The GCA awards over $300,000 in scholarships annually. The specific purpose of the GCA Coastal Wetlands Studies Scholarship is to promote wetlands conservation through research. From the GCA website:
“The Anna M. Rockefeller Fund was established in 1966 by Mrs. Robert D. Sterling with Mrs. Avery Rockefeller to support Mrs. Rockefeller's work on the environmental education packet The World Around You. The fund defrayed the expenses of the packet for many years. Renamed the Rockefeller Environmental Education Fund in 1993, the fund also underwrote one-third of the expense of producing the book Scientists on Biodiversity, published with the American Museum of Natural History. In 1999, Mrs. Edward S. Elliman, daughter of Mrs. Rockefeller, elected to direct the Fund's use to a wetlands scholarship to carry on the intent and spirit of her mother's work in the area of environmental education.”
For more information on the GCA, visit https://www.gcamerica.org/.
- By Dani Weissman
Dr. Kate Tully
Kate is an Assistant Professor of Agroecology at the University of Maryland.