Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

  • Welcome

    Maryland Sea Grant College at the University of Maryland works to apply science to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources. We fund and explain scientific research to help leaders and communities deal with our state’s major environmental challenges. We promote a sustainable coastal economy.

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  • Chesapeake Quarterly Magazine

    Teaching Marine Science on the Bay  (December 2014)

    Maryland schools at all levels -- from elementary grades to undergraduate universities -- have a problem: coming up with a better way to teach young learners about science. A number of state educators say that the Chesa­peake Bay could be part of the solution. Photograph, Mike Allen

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  • Special Report on Sea Level Rise and Chesapeake Bay

    Today the pace of sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic region is among the fastest in the country — and forecast to accelerate in coming decades. Chesapeake Quarterly teamed with Bay Journal to produce a special report on the causes and the effects on people and the environment. Photograph, David Harp

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  • Video: High Water on Holland Island

    This video is an interview with Casey Todd, whose father was the last man born on Holland's Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Casey Todd grew up in Crisfield hearing the stories of life on this island that once held 70 homes, a school, a church, and more than 360 souls before most of the island disappeared beneath the Chesapeake Bay. Photograph, courtesy of Casey Todd

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  • Research

    Support for sound scientific research and those who undertake it is at core of Maryland Sea Grant's mission. With a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay, we have a tradition of fostering innovative scientific inquiry and analysis. We emphasize projects that offer practical applications for the protection and restoration of Maryland’s coastal resources. 

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  • Education

    Maryland Sea Grant works to increase marine science literacy across the full spectrum of education, from children in grade school to Ph.D. candidates. We are committed to helping inform and equip citizens to take on the long-term challenges of protecting the environmental and economic sustainability of Maryland’s coastal resources.

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  • Communities

    Through its Extension program, Sea Grant reaches out to Maryland — to its citizens, community and government leaders, and industries. Our experts travel to towns and cities across the state where we work with Marylanders regularly to help them respond to environmental and social changes. Our goal is to foster viable communities that can live sustainably within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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  • Bay Issues

    Crabs, Oysters, Other Animals
    Oysters and crabs may be the Chesapeake Bay’s most famous fauna, but the estuary is also home to a colorful diversity of animal life — including spawning fish, crawling turtles, and even stinging jellyfish.

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Maryland Sea Grant College

Maryland Sea Grant College, a university-based partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a service organization administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We fund research, education, and outreach throughout the state of Maryland. Our offices are located in College Park, Maryland. Learn more about us.


Program Announcements

Graduate students: We are accepting applications for our Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Fellowship until March 30!

Maryland Sea Grant hosted a webinar to discuss expectations for outreach in research projects as well as developing the outreach sections of the pre- and full proposals. Slides from that webinar are available here.

Maryland Sea Grant has program development funds for start-up efforts or strategic support for emerging areas of research. Apply here.

Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland

Scientists release new projections for future sea level rise for the Chesapeake Bay and for Maryland, Virginia and nearby Mid-Atlantic coastal areas. In these regions, sea levels are rising faster than the global average. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.


Growing Oysters to Clean the Bay

Bay-area residents interested in restoring water quality in Chesapeake Bay can help through oyster gardening, growing oysters off a dock. Most of those dockside oysters will end up on sanctuary reefs where they will go to work filtering water at the rate of 50 gallons a day. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Poplar Island Marsh Study

Poplar Island in the mid-Chesapeake Bay is now being developed as a holding site for sediment dredged from the Bay's shipping channels. Scientist Lorie Staver is studying the ongoing regrowth of grasses planted to stabilize the island and to provide habitat for wildlife. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Breathing Lessons For the Bay

Three decades ago, scientists working on Maryland's Patuxent River showed how sewage discharges robbed the river of oxygen, creating dead zones that can kill fish and crabs. Their discoveries led to the current Bay cleanup campaign. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Anthropologist on the Bay

Do the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
share similar values? Is their outlook rooted in their work, their sense of community? Anthropologist Michael Paolisso took those questions to Deal Island, an isolated enclave along Maryland's Eastern Shore. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Lifeguard Academy

Summer brings sun, fun, and surf, but the surf contains threats to swimmers: rip currents that can sweep them out to sea. See how the Ocean City, Maryland, Beach Patrol saves lives. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

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Oyster Aquaculture

Maryland Sea Grant Extension is working with its many partners to bring oysters back — by using aquaculture to cultivate the mollusk for food and restoration.

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