U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has received an award from the Sea Grant Association, a network of university programs that supports research and education about the nation’s coasts, to recognize her long-standing efforts as a champion of these programs. Senator Mikulski’s support of funding for the National Sea Grant College Program has led to federal financing for work by Maryland Sea Grant to help preserve the Chesapeake Bay. [more]
Maryland will support four Knauss Marine Policy Fellows in 2013 to work for federal agencies on issues involving marine and coastal resources. Fellows Jennifer Bosch, Nicole Bransome, Carrie Soltanoff, and Metthea Yepsen are all graduate students at the University of Maryland. For their fellowship year, they will focus on topics such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, fisheries, and international affairs. [more]
Federal Funding Renewed for Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
Maryland Sea Grant has been awarded a five-year, $900,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to continue a program that brings college undergraduates to the Chesapeake Bay to spend a summer conducting research.
Now in its 25th year, Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Marine and Estuarine Sciences (REU) program supports students from across the country. They spend 12 weeks in Maryland working with a faculty mentor on a research project.
How many striped bass could be coming next year? Their sudden and unpredictable boom years and bust years have been a puzzle. Now scientist Bob Wood has found a link between this seesaw pattern and a newly discovered climate cycle in the middle of the North Atlantic.
Maryland Sea Grant’s Program Leader for Extension to Step Down
Douglas Lipton, director of Maryland Sea Grant’s Extension team, will step down from his position this June to pursue a new opportunity. He will join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the senior research economist at the agency’s National Marine Fisheries Service. He will be missed in Maryland and beyond. “Doug is an icon in the Bay, both as a highly respected and valued economist and as Maryland Sea Grant’s Extension program leader,” said Troy Hartley, who directs Virginia’s Sea Grant program. Lipton has been with Maryland Sea Grant since 1988, first as a fisheries economics specialist and, since 1993, as the head of the Extension program. The program’s agents and specialists reach out to government agencies and communities across Maryland to promote the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and the well-being of local communities -- whether it’s by helping to improve the water quality of local streams or by aiding efforts to restore native oysters to the estuary. [more]