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The Coastal Farming Challenges Workshops: From the perspective of a notetaker

Elissa Torres-Soto • May 28, 2021

When I was asked if I was interested in being a notetaker for the Coastal Farming Challenges workshops hosted by Maryland Sea Grant, I immediately said yes without fully knowing what my duties entailed. And I am glad that I did.


A Host with the Most: Raising Maryland’s spotted salamander larvae, students study a unique example of symbiosis

Wendy Mitman Clarke • May 24, 2021

“Ah, man. I lost him.” Carter Ruby, a junior at Westminster High School, sighs and reaches into the 10-gallon aquarium tank again, a petri dish gripped carefully in his fingers. Beside him, junior Bella Diaz laughs and bends over her own petri dish, this one placed precisely on gridded paper.


Maryland Sea Grant Welcomes Aquaculture Projects Coordinator Jim LaChance

Rona Kobell • March 10, 2021

Growing up on Cape Ann, north of Boston between Massachusetts and Ipswich Bays, Jim LaChance seemed to always have one foot on the land and the other in the water.


Mysterious Mysids: Maryland Sea Grant-funded scientists are using innovative methods to study this elusive but important Bay shrimp species.

Wendy Mitman Clarke • February 22, 2021

For such a small creature, mysids—Neomysis americana, also known as opossum shrimp—can be a big challenge to study in the Chesapeake Bay. This wouldn’t be a problem if they also didn’t pack such an outsized wallop in terms of their importance in coastal food webs.


Maryland Sea Grant Welcomes First Law Fellow

Rona Kobell • December 23, 2020

Elissa Torres-Soto grew up six miles from the ocean, on the western side of Puerto Rico, snorkeling in blue waters and hiking along sandy beaches.


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