Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

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Out and About on the Chesapeake Bay: We're Not in Florida Anymore!

Taryn Sudol • March 5, 2018
I unrolled a map of the Chesapeake Bay, pinned it to the wall, and started pressing blue dots throughout it. It’s a big map and takes up the largest wall space I have in my cubicle at Maryland Sea Grant’s College Park office.   Read more . . .
Widgeon grass grows in the shadow of expensive houses on the Severn.

Citizen Scientists Plug Gaps in Data About Underwater Grasses

Alex Lopatka • February 12, 2018
I walked to the dock’s edge from the parking lot to admire the 13-footer, nicknamed the “River Rat.” Soon, it would transport volunteer Tom Guay across the Severn River on a scientific expedition.  Read more . . .
Taking blood from a blue crab

Killing Them Softly: How a Virus Infected the Peeler Crab, and How One Researcher Found a Way to Hold it at Bay

Rona Kobell • January 4, 2018
All year long, hundreds of crab legs arrive in the mail at Baltimore’s Columbus Center, home of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology.  Read more . . .
Maryland Aquaculture Industry Roundtable

What’s Next for Oyster Aquaculture: Maryland Scientists Meet with Growers to Identify New Research Priorities

Rona Kobell • December 15, 2017
A decade ago, Donald Webster could count the number of oyster farms in the state of Maryland on two hands.   Read more . . .
photo of field and sign advertising Maryland's cover crops program

A Suite of Sustainable Farming Practices Improves Bay Water Quality

Alex Lopatka • December 8, 2017
The water quality of American streams has declined for years, and a leading cause is fertilizer and pesticide runoff from agricultural land. The policy tool most often employed in Maryland to reduce this pollution has been cost sharing, where the state pays farmers to adopt more sustainable farming methods.  Read more . . .