On the Bay


A blog from Chesapeake Quarterly magazine

Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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Meet Maryland Sea Grant’s New Law and Policy Fellow

Ashley Goetz •
“Working with people is what it’s really about,” says Kai Hardy. Hardy joined Maryland Sea Grant in September 2023 to begin a year-long fellowship that bridges law, policy, and environmental research. Read more...

New Project Prioritizes Hispanic Communities’ Perspectives about the Coast

Madeleine Jepsen •
Graduate research assistant Paola Mejia-Gist is working on a project about communicating climate change to Hispanic communities in Maryland. Read more...

Restoring the Shore: Touring coastal projects in Maryland’s Coastal Bays region

Taryn Sudol •

“Got your boots?” Roman Jesien, lead scientist at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP), greeted my colleague, Cayla, and I. Cayla Cothron, a climate resilience extension associate at North Carolina Sea Grant, and I had just finished the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Regional Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland.


Changing Course During a Pandemic: A period of reflection during lockdown leads to a shift in focus

Ashton Guildener •

I’ve taken a bit of a roundabout path to get where I am now in my education and career. Before graduating from high school in 2019, I focused most of my time on artistic endeavors: studio art classes, designing a literary magazine, and spending hours after school rearranging and programming theater lights.


An Inclusive Future: Four years on, a project to encourage more students from Puerto Rico to explore the marine sciences is marking its progress

Wendy Mitman Clarke •

Patricia N. Vidal Geraldino was in her first year of undergraduate studies at Puerto Rico’s Universidad Ana G. Méndez when an opportunity came along that changed everything. A biology major planning to study pharmacy, she was invited to attend a meeting of Centro TORTUGA (Tropical Oceanography Research Training for Undergraduate Academics).


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