wastewater treatment

May 25, 2019

Tracking down a tricky nutrient
Fellow studies nitrogen cycling in the York River

Brianna Stanley, a Ph.D. student at VIMS, is studying the sources of urea in the York River and whether algae prefer urea over other forms of nitrogen. Stanley is also studying methods to separate out urea dissolved in water so wastewater treatment plants can find new methods to remove more nitrogen before returning water to the York River.
December 14, 2012
Wendi Quidort and Katie Reece take water samples from an experiment in Sarah's Creek. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Graduate Research Fellow Raises the Profile of Viruses in Wastewater

Viruses tend to fly—or float—under the radar when it comes to most water quality standards, but Wendi Quidort’s research may be changing that soon. The Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow, who is working towards her Ph.D. at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), has been making some interesting discoveries about what viruses released from wastewater treatment plants might be doing in Virginia’s creeks and estuaries.