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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV): From Nuisance Weed to Darling of the Chesapeake Bay

Carrie Perkins • September 5, 2017

A generation ago, the seagrasses we know as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) were unflatteringly referred to as “weeds,” usually in the same sentence as the words “nuisance” and “rid.” We’ve come a long way since then.


Confessions of an Ecologist Turned Anthropologist: Differences in Data Collection

Adriane Michaelis • August 28, 2017

I am three years into my transition from working as a coastal ecologist to earning a doctorate in anthropology because I want to focus on the human side of coastal resource management. I want to learn and help explain how science-based fisheries management policies impact fishermen and others whose livelihoods depend on fisheries.


Confessions of an Ecologist Turned Anthropologist: Why Switch Fields?

Adriane Michaelis • August 21, 2017

Nearly three years ago I entered the Ph.D. program in the University of Maryland’s Department of Anthropology. This marked a transition point for me. Of course, there was the commitment to at least another five years of life as a graduate student. But for me, the more impactful change was my move into social science.


Fact Versus Fiction: the Truth About the Stormwater Structures in Your Yard

Kanoko Maeda • July 13, 2017

Urban stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution in Chesapeake Bay.  It’s a big worry, but there is something that each of us can do about it in our own backyards. 

Stormwater structures that manage runoff are becoming more widely used as a way to reduce this pollution. There are lots of options for you to “do your part” and implement stormwater management structures in your own backyard. To help you with your decision, I would like to shed some light on common misconceptions about stormwater structures – insights I have gained through my research on this topic.


Bubble, Bubble: A Community's Fix for Bad Smells Offers a Unique Research Opportunity

Zachary Gotthardt • June 20, 2017

On a small tributary of the Patapsco River in Pasadena, Maryland, an avid community of fishermen and boaters frequent the waters daily during the spring and summer. This river, Rock Creek, is home to the Maryland Yacht club and sees a high volume of boat traffic.


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