Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

Matapeake- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers once kept a physical model of the system at Matapeake. It was shuttered in 1984. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Landscaping and Modeling Can't Save the Bay, but They Can Help It Along

Alex Lopatka • April 25, 2018
Scientists have long used physical models that simplify the complexities of real environmental systems in order to make informed predictions of future change.  Read more . . .
Curry Woods and Dan Theisen in their lab.

Earning Their Stripers

Rona Kobell • March 13, 2018
Give students a fish, and they can eat for a day.
Give students 10 striped bass, a laboratory with re-circulating water tanks, and a box full of feed, and you can teach them how a planet is increasingly feeding itself.  Read more . . .
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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 . . .