Fellowship Experiences


A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

research fellow, SAV study. Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Photo, Debbie Hinkle
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From abstract concepts to real-world practice: How a legal scholar learned about on-the-ground climate change adaptation

Ju-Ching Huang • August 17, 2023

Many scientists have predicted that this summer may be the hottest in the past century. Temperature is not the only concern; as the Earth gets hotter, it has caused sea water expansion, sea ice melt, and sea level rise. Under a warmer atmosphere, the intensity and frequency of precipitation has also increased.


Schmutz in the Susquehanna: Researching Lyngbya cyanobacteria

Shayna Keller • July 7, 2023

You may have heard the word “schmutz” used when cleaning up something unappealing, but you probably haven’t heard the word used to describe an organism. But that is what Lyngbya is: schmutz! This stringy type of cyanobacteria can be toxic and irritating, and it gets everywhere.


Send the Email: Good things come to those who reach out

Erika Koontz • June 7, 2023

Although I started graduate school in August 2022, my unofficial journey to graduate school began about a year before, with an email. At the time, I was working as a wetland research technician at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland. I had a year left of my full-time, but temporary, contract.


Managing Phragmites: Why should I care about a common wetland grass?

Sylvia Jacobson • May 25, 2023

Phragmites australis is a non-native grass that has become a dominant wetland plant in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay region in just a few decades. It is pervasive in wetlands across the United States. Phragmites is a powerful ecosystem engineer that absorbs contamination and stores carbon, but it is also a major threat to native plants.


Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: A White House Roundtable on Data Science and the Climate Crisis

• May 8, 2023

I was excited for the new opportunities my State Science Policy Fellowship would bring, but nothing could have prepared me for the email I received from the White House in November.


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