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Heron and hawk along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay

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Eggs-traordinary discovery: Carroll County high school science research produces a first

Wendy Mitman Clarke • March 12, 2020

All winter long, four of Judy Plaskowitz’s students—seniors at South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Maryland—have tended two enormous tanks behind the school’s Career and Technology Building, hoping the yellow perch (Perca flavescens) inside could successfully over-winter

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Building capacity—and experience—through my time with Maryland Sea Grant

Eva May • February 20, 2020

It’s 9 a.m. in Baltimore, I’ve had too much coffee, and I’m nervous. I walk up to the podium, and with encouraging nods from my colleagues, give a brief—and I mean brief—introductory spiel about a project I’ve spent the better part of a year working on. I look around, seeing largely unfamiliar faces from local government offices, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.

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Some Like it Hot: Oysters spawn in the summer, so hatcheries convince them that it’s summertime

Rona Kobell • February 14, 2020

Oysters living within the cozy confines of a hatchery here in Maryland wouldn’t ordinarily get in the mood on Valentine’s Day. It’s cold outside, and bivalves like summer loving.

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Who Runs the (Hatchery) World? Increasingly, women are behind the microscope and in charge of the tanks

Rona Kobell • January 28, 2020

There used to be a photo hanging at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Oyster Hatchery. The image shows four women who worked in the hatchery in the 2000s standing in front of a large truck emblazoned with the words: Powered by Estrogen.

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The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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