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Modeling Optimal Oyster Reef Placement in Chesapeake Bay

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Oysters, nitrates and filtration, oh my! As part of an NSF-funded mathematical modeling group at St. Mary's College (Maryland), I explored the following research prompt: Determine strategic locations for oyster reefs in Chesapeake Bay such that they mediate nitrate and nitrite pollution. We developed a simplified tank model to approximate fluid flow and describe salinity, nitrates and nitrites in the bay. Additionally, we created a second model describing nitrate and nitrite pollution as point sources using an exponential decay function. In my presentation, I discuss mathematical modeling, describe and analyze our two models of the Chesapeake, and share ongoing research.

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Douglas Hundley

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Secrets of the Deep II

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Science 100

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Oral Presentation

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National Science Foundation

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Modeling Optimal Oyster Reef Placement in Chesapeake Bay

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Oysters, nitrates and filtration, oh my! As part of an NSF-funded mathematical modeling group at St. Mary's College (Maryland), I explored the following research prompt: Determine strategic locations for oyster reefs in Chesapeake Bay such that they mediate nitrate and nitrite pollution. We developed a simplified tank model to approximate fluid flow and describe salinity, nitrates and nitrites in the bay. Additionally, we created a second model describing nitrate and nitrite pollution as point sources using an exponential decay function. In my presentation, I discuss mathematical modeling, describe and analyze our two models of the Chesapeake, and share ongoing research.

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