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Matthew Notter - Nutrients

Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

Nitrate Dynamics in the Choptank River Basin on the Eastern Shore of Maryland 

I looked at the effectiveness of nitrate reduction practices commonly employed on agricultural fields (drainage control structures, riparian buffers).  Based on nitrate concentrations alone, both riparian buffers and controlled drainage are highly effective ways of reducing nitrate runoff.  My time here at SERC was spent processing stream and groundwater samples for isotope analysis.  Unfortunately, isotopes were not able to be analyzed during my time here – hopefully such analyses will be done soon and with no more column clogging.  Regardless of the isotope difficulties, this internship was a very rewarding experience.  It tested both body and mind, and I proved to myself that I can work in a lab 40 hours a week.

Quote: It was an honor to contribute to the world-class research being done at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.  It has given me the confidence and drive to continue on a path towards graduate school and future research.