Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Our Communications Staff and Products

From its start in 1977, Maryland Sea Grant has sought to show those who live and Maryland and beyond how important — and exciting — Chesapeake Bay science can be.

Our communications staff works to inform the public about scientific discoveries and the researchers who make them, findings that can help to protect and restore the Bay and Maryland’s coastal waters. We strive to provide scientifically accurate information with context and depth that nonscientists can understand and enjoy.

We use a variety of media to tell these stories:


Contact the communications staff


photo of Jeffrey BrainardJeffrey Brainard is Maryland Sea Grant’s assistant director for communications. He formerly worked as a journalist for the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.



photo of Michael FinchamMichael Fincham, our resident filmmaker, received an Emmy Award for his work on our documentary, The Pfiesteria Files. He also writes and serves as editor for Chesapeake Quarterly.



photo of Nicole LehmingNicky Lehming is our graphic designer and producer of visual content. She received a bachelor's degree in biology at Washington University, studied design and photography at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, and received a multimedia design certificate from the University of Washington.


photo of Daniel PendickDaniel Pendick, science writer and editor, writes for Chesapeake Quarterly and produces publications about the work of the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program. He served as chief writer and executive editor of Harvard Men's Health Watch and wrote for Astronomy, Earth, and Science News magazines.