Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

  • Welcome

    Maryland Sea Grant College, a University System of Maryland program works to apply science to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources. We fund and explain scientific research to help leaders and communities deal with our state’s major environmental challenges. We promote a sustainable coastal economy.

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  • Chesapeake Quarterly Magazine

    A Closer Look at Our Water (October 2019)

    Want to take a dip? There’s a lot to ponder before answering. Warming temperatures will bring new problems that further complicate the decision on whether we, and those we love, should enter the waterPhotograph, Lisa Tossey / MDSG

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  • Research

    Support for sound scientific research and those who undertake it is at core of Maryland Sea Grant's mission. With a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay, we have a tradition of fostering innovative scientific inquiry and analysis. We emphasize projects that offer practical applications for the protection and restoration of Maryland’s coastal resources. 

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  • Education

    Maryland Sea Grant works to increase marine science literacy across the full spectrum of education, from children in grade school to Ph.D. candidates. We are committed to helping inform and equip citizens to take on the long-term challenges of protecting the environmental and economic sustainability of Maryland’s coastal resources.

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  • Communities

    Through its Extension program, Sea Grant reaches out to Maryland — to its citizens, community and government leaders, and industries. Our experts travel to towns and cities across the state where we work with Marylanders regularly to help them respond to environmental and social changes. Our goal is to foster viable communities that can live sustainably within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Maryland Sea Grant College

Maryland Sea Grant College, a university-based partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a service organization administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We fund research, education, and outreach throughout the state of Maryland. Our offices are located in College Park, Maryland. Learn more about us.

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Program Announcements

Knauss legislative fellowships in Congress help build careers — and they're fun and educational. See our video and fact sheet for details.

Maryland Sea Grant has program development funds for start-up efforts or strategic support for emerging areas of research. Apply here.

Collaboration through Conversation

The Engaging Faith Communities for Coastal Resilience project uses collaborative learning to engage churches, government decision-makers, and NGOs in climate change adaptation discussions. Learn more about the benefits of this approach through this video, produced with funding from NOAA by Maryland Sea Grant in partnership with the UMD Department of Anthropology.

Sea Grant Film Explores a Diminishing Smithville

Smithville is a community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the edge of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A century ago, Smithville had more than 100 residents. Today, it has four, in two homes: an elderly couple, and one elderly woman and her son, who cares for her.

Walter Boynton: A Life in Science

A native of New England, Walter Boynton began his science career as a summertime assistant at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland. Over the next 40+ years he became a leading marine researcher and advocate for science-based approaches to restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Aquaculture Education Network Summit

We hosted the first Sea Grant Aquaculture Education Network Summit here in Maryland in July 2019. It stemmed from the Aquaculture in Action program that Sea Grant Assistant Director for Education J. Adam Frederick runs with University of Maryland Extension Specialist Jackie Takacs.

Decoding the Sediments

In a new Maryland Sea Grant book, scientist Grace Brush describes tracing the ecological history of the Chesapeake Bay by studying its bottom sediments.

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Cover: Chesapeake Quarterly Volume 18, Number 2

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