Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

photo showing aerial view of Hart-Miller Island

Photo Essay: An Island for Dredged Sediment Becomes a State Park for People

Jeffrey Brainard • June 9, 2016
Hart-Miller Island has slowly risen in the Chesapeake Bay over the past 30 years. Now the state is expanding public access for hiking and biking there.  Read more . . .

Bernie Fowler Honored for his "Cornpone Campaigns"

Michael W. Fincham • June 2, 2016
In 1969, Bernie Fowler gave a short speech to the Parents and Teachers Association of Prince Frederick County. His message: he would be resigning as president of the PTA. Then he wrote a short letter to Governor Marvin Mandel.  Read more . . .
photo of spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Teaching Science on TV: A Search for Salamanders

Adam Frederick • April 29, 2016
When Maryland Sea Grant's education leader Adam Frederick appeared in a recent episode of the “Aqua Kids” TV show, he highlighted an unusual outdoor teaching tool — the yellow-spotted salamander. Changes in the abundance of this "indicator species" can signal declines in water quality.   Read more . . .
Rita Colwell was the first director of  Maryland Sea Grant

The Woman Who Launched Maryland Sea Grant

Michael W. Fincham • April 12, 2016
Rita Colwell likes to say that Sea Grant helped launch her career in marine microbiology. It's more accurate, however, to say she launched Sea Grant's career in Maryland.  Read more . . .
crab megalopa on a transparent ruler

New Clues to How Crab Babies Make It Back to the Bay

Daniel Pendick • February 29, 2016
Every spring, female crabs near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay spawn their young. Nearly all of the hatched larvae are swept into the open ocean to feed and develop. But then the tiny paddlers need to get back into the Bay to grow into adults. On an oceangoing expedition, researchers learned more about how larval crabs get home — information that might someday help to fine-tune crab harvests.  Read more . . .