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Stephanie Alexander placing oysters on a spawning table.

Some Like it Hot: Oysters spawn in the summer, so hatcheries convince them that it’s summertime

Rona Kobell • February 14, 2020
Oysters living within the cozy confines of a hatchery here in Maryland wouldn’t ordinarily get in the mood on Valentine’s Day. It’s cold outside, and bivalves like summer loving.  Read more . . .
Four women from Horn Point Oyster Hatchery posing in front of a sign that reads "Powered by Estrogen"

Who Runs the (Hatchery) World? Increasingly, women are behind the microscope and in charge of the tanks

Rona Kobell • January 28, 2020
This post is the first in a series highlighting the work women are doing in regional oyster hatcheries.  Read more . . .
Cora Johnston, Julia Rentsch, Mary MacMutcheon, and Scott Lerberg in front of airplane

Sentinels in the Sky: Observing rising waters from a birds-eye view

Taryn Sudol • November 26, 2019
Some call it high tide flooding, others refer to it as sunny day flooding, while still others call it “king tide.” But no matter the name, we’ve seen the impacts of rising waters, which led to a recent flight where scientists and a journalist took to the air to document the water on the ground for the...  Read more . . .
Close-up of Hydrilla verticillata

Battling Hydrilla: Maryland’s complicated relationship with an invasive species

Rona Kobell • November 13, 2019
When we think of invasive species, we think of exotic invaders that have found their way to our shores and disrupted our ecosystems in short order. Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes fouling discharge pipes. Nutria in the Chesapeake Bay munching their way through protective marshes. The European green crab eating its way up the food web on the Maine coast.  Read more . . .