On the Bay


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Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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

Taryn Sudol • July 1, 2022

“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 • June 24, 2022

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 • January 24, 2022

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).


Brrrrr on the Bay: Warm Chesapeake water and cold winter air makes for some interesting weather.

Wendy Mitman Clarke • January 21, 2022

The overwhelming interest in one of our recent social media posts made us curious about how the Chesapeake Bay interacts with winter weather.


Going With the Flow: Inexpensive tools and data-driven guidance may help oyster farmers optimize production

Wendy Mitman Clarke • December 6, 2021

In its simplest form, growing oysters is a matter of getting baby oysters (spat) on shell, placing them in some kind of containment—whether resting on the bottom or hanging in the water column—and letting them do their bivalve thing, filtering water and growing.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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