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Did You Know…What’s That Glow?

Rona Kobell • May 4, 2018

Maryland Sea Grant and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science are working with researchers in Puerto Rico to determine what is causing the coastal lagoons to glow.

It’s a fascinating project, and the devastation of Hurricane Maria has made the work all the more challenging.

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

Alex Lopatka • May 4, 2018

Scientists have long used physical models that simplify the complexities of real environmental systems in order to make informed predictions of future change.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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