On the Bay


A blog from Chesapeake Quarterly magazine

Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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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.


A Ballooning Effort: Maryland bans intentional balloon releases & new campaign offers information about impacts

Wendy Mitman Clarke • November 5, 2021

Thick clouds are brooding on an early October day at Assateague Island on Maryland’s Atlantic coast, but no one in the crew of Maryland Conservation Corps members is paying much attention to the sky; their focus, instead, is on what has fallen out of it.


From Science to Policy: Maryland Sea Grant welcomes three new fellows

Rona Kobell • October 12, 2021

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) has welcomed three new science fellows this year who have embedded in state agencies and organizations to better address climate change throughout Maryland.


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