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Sarah collecting a stream sediment core for grain size analysis

CSI for Bacteria: Using DNA to Study the Condition of Maryland Streams

Sarah Laperriere • April 28, 2015
When people think bacteria, they often think disease. But in reality, pathogenic bacteria are a very small fraction of all bacteria. Bacteria are everywhere, and though small in size, these microscopic organisms are highly complex and play important roles in controlling global nutrient cycles.  Read more . . .
Cassie Gurbisz on boat

Things Just Got Real: Communicating Research Results Is Serious Business

Cassie Gurbisz • February 17, 2015
I had finally finished over a year’s worth of careful data analyses from my graduate research project on the Chesapeake Bay, and I was ready to share them with the rest of the world. Together with my advisor, Michael Kemp, I wrote a paper reporting my results and submitted it to a scientific journal. However, when the journal (actually!) accepted my paper and I should have been jumping for joy, I...  Read more . . .
rain garden planting

Watersheds, People, And Perception: Starting a Dissertation

William Yagatich • January 26, 2015
This past fall marks the first semester that I’ve begun to wholeheartedly flesh out a dissertation. Anyone who has gone through the process can tell you how arduous and difficult it can be to find a relevant topic. I set out to draw up a research plan that would help me answer the question, “How do different individuals and groups make sense of the environment and their place in it?”  Read more . . .

How Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Led Me to a Puppy Named Winston

Tammy Newcomer Johnson • January 13, 2015
Life is full of surprises. I’m going to tell you how supporting a Sea Grant project -- the Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) Working Group -- led me to a six-week-old mixed boxer puppy named Winston.  Read more . . .
Shoreline erosion

Modeling Erosion in Chesapeake Bay: Waves, Sediment, and Seagrass

Jia Gao • January 5, 2015
Living on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and studying the Bay’s environment for three years has enhanced my respect for not only the power of science but also the complexity of Mother Nature.  Read more . . .