Fellowship Experiences


A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

research fellow, SAV study. Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Getting the Most Out of Scientific Conferences – Professionally and Personally

Emily Liljestrand •
As the child of academics, I’ve been attending scientific conferences before I could walk. Aimed primarily to graduate students and/or young professionals, the following are my tips on what to do before you leave for the conference, while you’re there, and once you return to your hope institution.  Read more...

This Chesapeake Bay Phytoplankton Finds Multiple Ways to Snack

Alison Aceves •

This summer, I was presented with the unique opportunity to participate in the Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. My experiences in this program – going on a research cruise, canoeing the Patuxent River, and visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – were incredible.  Read more...

Who Volunteers for the Watershed Stewards Academies?

William Yagatich •

Based on a recent survey, my advisor, a colleague, and I have found that people who volunteer in environmental groups are unlike the average citizen.


Blue Crab Tagging Research Requires Early Mornings and Helpful Citizens

Robert Semmler •

Recently the Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) finished the majority of its preparations for its two upcoming crab-tagging experiments this summer. These experiments will use mark-recapture to discover valuable information on sizes of populations, their migration patterns, and any interactions they may have with people who spot or recapture them.


Modeling Menhaden: Applying Modern Statistics to Historical Data

Emily Liljestrand •

You know the old adage “there are plenty of fish in the sea?”  Well, what if that wasn’t the case?  How would we even know this was becoming not the case before it was too late?


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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