Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

Juan Alvarez examines water in Puerto Rico's bays. Photograph courtesy of Juan Alvarez

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.  Read more . . .
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 . . .