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A Sloth Named Ivy. Credit: Carrie Perkins

After Hours at the National Aquarium

Carrie Perkins • June 11, 2018
Since moving to Baltimore in 2015, I wanted to be a volunteer at the National Aquarium. At that time, I was a lab technician at Loyola University Maryland who regularly took care of reptiles, rodents, and greenhouse plants, so I thought I would be a shoe-in. Eagerly, I filled out the online volunteer application and waited patiently for an invitation. Weeks, months, and years went by.  Read more . . .
 
Image of a reef in Harris Creek. Credit: Oyster Recovery Partnership

Can computer models help restore Maryland’s oyster population? It looks like yes.

Katie Hornick • May 31, 2018
Oysters are crucial to a healthy Chesapeake Bay. They filter water, attract biodiversity and provide essential habitat for other important Bay organisms. Today, less than one percent of the oyster biomass that existed before European settlers arrived remains in the Chesapeake.  Read more . . .
 
Boat on the Anacostia. Photo credit: Samantha Gleich

The Year of the Anacostia

Samantha Gleich • May 21, 2018
In early March, I visited the Anacostia River in Washington D.C. for the first time.
As I sat on the boat and looked out at the waters around me, I noticed large piles of trash floating along the sides of the river channel, harmful algal blooms clogging the river’s downstream reaches, and poor water quality, indicated by the deep brown color.  Read more . . .
 
Emily pulling a boat during field work because the Susquehanna Flats are too shallow to motor through the seagrass bed. Credit: Cassie Gurbisz

Finding the Positive in Rejection

Emily Russ • May 1, 2018
​Nearly two and a half years after starting my PhD research at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, I was finally ready to submit my first-author manuscript to a scientific journal.  Read more . . .
 
Nuisance flooding on Deal Island

How to Check that Last Box and Write Your Dissertation

Elizabeth R. Van Dolah • January 19, 2018
After six years of anthropology courses, exams, proposal writing, and research, I’ve finally reached the last big hurdle of my Ph.D. career: writing the dissertation.  Read more . . .
 

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