On the Bay


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Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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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.


Chesapeake Quarterly: We’d like to hear from you

Rona Kobell • October 27, 2020

Over the past seven months our communications team has been working virtually, over Zoom and other platforms, and conducting our reporting for Chesapeake Quarterly over the phone and via email instead of meeting in person or going out in the field.


Turning the Tide: New film highlights work of the Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative

Maryland Sea Grant • September 29, 2020

We are excited to share this new film by the Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative (CBSSC), a group of ecosystem


A Year in Washington, DC, From Afar: Knauss fellows adapt to unexpected changes

Rona Kobell • September 4, 2020

Every year, Maryland Sea Grant welcomes its new class of Knauss fellows–graduate students in science fields who want deep experience in how to shape federal policy.

But like everyone else, the 2020 Knauss fellows are not having the year they expected.


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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