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Oysters Do More for the Chesapeake Than You Might Think

Adriane Michaelis • August 15, 2018

For the past two years, I’ve traveled tidewater Maryland, asking people, “why aquaculture?” I ask entrepreneurs why they decided to get involved in growing oysters in tanks or floats in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. And for the commercial fishermen who aren’t, I ask, “why not?” This very basic question begins the discussion with each person I talk to, in order to understand on a larger level what motivates individuals towards or away from oyster aquaculture.

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Embracing the Edge

Jacob Hagedorn • August 9, 2018

​A recent NPR Hidden Brain podcast discussed the idea of the edge effect, which is the concept of encouraging collaboration between people with diverse interests and backgrounds.

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Running and Work-Life Balance

Joel Bostic • June 26, 2018

It’s 5:20 a.m. and the alarm is blaring. I get out of bed, drink a glass of water, and lace up my shoes. I open the door and am greeted by the cold, dark morning. I begin slowly jogging, gradually accelerating to a comfortable pace, and continue this simple exercise of placing one foot in front of the other for the next 30 to 60 minutes.

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Livelihood Diversification and Maryland Oysters: What it means, and why we care.

Adriane Michaelis • June 21, 2018

“Livelihood diversification” describes the process by which an individual or household takes on multiple income-generating activities.

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After Hours at the National Aquarium

Carrie Perkins • June 11, 2018

Since moving to Baltimore in 2015, I wanted to be a volunteer at the National Aquarium. At that time, I was a lab technician at Loyola University Maryland who regularly took care of reptiles, rodents, and greenhouse plants, so I thought I would be a shoe-in. Eagerly, I filled out the online volunteer application and waited patiently for an invitation. Weeks, months, and years went by.

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