News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Cassie Gurbisz’s paper, “Long-term Nutrient Reductions Lead to the Unprecedented Recovery of a Temperate Coastal Region,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) last March, is one of only six papers selected to receive the PNAS’s Cozzarelli Prize.

The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences. Papers were chosen from the more than 3,200 research articles that appeared in the journal last year.

Gurbisz’s co-authored paper reviews the past 30 consecutive years of watershed modeling, biogeochemical data, and comprehensive aerial surveys of Chesapeake Bay to quantify the cascading effects of anthropogenic impacts on submersed aquatic vegetation, an ecologically and economically valuable habitat.

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