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

    The Man Who Said Too Much  (April 2014)

    William Hargis, a pioneering director of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), turned a small lab into a world-class institution. Along the way, he launched himself into noisy public debates about pollution threats to Chesapeake Bay, insisting that science inform public policy. Photos, VIMS (ship) and Michael W. Fincham (portrait of Hargis)

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  • Video: Forecasting Sea Level Rise

    In this Maryland Sea Grant video, scientists release 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, the result of subsiding lands, a slowing Gulf Stream, and melting land ice in Antarctica. Photograph, David Harp

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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.

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Program Announcements

MDSG Extension's Dr. Catherine Liu will teach a Seafood HACCP Segment 2 Course at Horn Point Lab October 29, 2014, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Employment: MDSG Extension seeks an environmental science student intern for the Summer/Fall 2014 semesters. Apply here.

We have a new, larger conference room in our College Park office. Visit our conference room page for more information or to reserve the room.

Check out the interesting work our current graduate fellows are doing this year.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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Marine Spotlight

Help protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Check out our resources: find funding for a project, become a watershed steward, read about TMDLs.

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Chesapeake Quarterly Magazine

Could farmers help lower costs for Bay cleanup?

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