Fellowship Experiences


A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

research fellow, SAV study. Photo, Debbie Hinkle

Photo, Debbie Hinkle

A Fish out of Water: How I survived my first national marine science conference

Samantha Schiano •

Every year, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) hosts a national conference to gather scientists, managers, and interested parties from around the country to share their research and network. Because I am a graduate student, and the scientists who attend these meetings are typically extremely accomplished in their field, these types of conferences seem daunting.


The Vaccination Crustacean Doesn’t Want Old Bay: It just wants COVID to go away

Chelsea Fowler •

I grew up in New York and have lived in Maryland for a year. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving here, it’s that Marylanders love their state symbols–especially their flag and their crab. Sure, they cherish their natural resources, but it’s the blue crab that they crave all year long.  


From Wading to Diving: Making marine conservation come to life

Dani Weissman •

When I finished my PhD in wetland ecology in April of last year, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do next. I loved that I was finally making a career in my dream field of environmental conservation. I even loved slogging through soggy, pungent salt marshes in chest-high waders to collect water samples and take soil cores.  Read more...

Sharing Science Stories: Tips to communicate better and draw a larger audience

Suzi Webster •

My colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) do important work and it is my job to make sure that others know about it. When I started my Knauss fellowship in NOAA’s Technology Partnerships Office, I was excited to be the first person in my office to focus on outreach and communications.  Read more...

OsHV-1: What is it and why do we care?

Mariah Kachmar •

Lately, we’ve all been thinking a lot about viruses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re not the only species grappling with viral diseases. 


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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