Donovin Smith, 2025


Geography and Environmental Systems (GES)

I’m focusing my thesis project on the use of trees as bioindicators for air pollution. This is important because there isn’t an air quality sensor network or any data in Baltimore to collect and compare. No resources for quality EPA-grade air sensors. Lake Montebello is the only air quality sensor location. A growing network of crowdsource networking (e.g., Purple Air sensors and the growing network there) – but not necessarily equally distributed throughout urban centers in order to capture variability in air pollution and air quality. Interested in seeing if trees as bioindicators are a potential monitoring option for diversifying and distributing the air pollution monitoring network in urban areas.
UMBC Mentor: Dr. Matthew Baker