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:
- Chesapeake Quarterly magazine: Since we started it in 2002, our free, award-winning magazine has covered topics like sea level rise, oyster aquaculture, and the menhaden fishery. Read and subscribe to it today. And follow us online by reading On the Bay, Chesapeake Quarterly's blog.
- Social media: Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
- Videos: Maryland Sea Grant boasts an Emmy Award-winning videographer, Michael Fincham. He has produced eight documentary features, including Chesapeake: The Twilight Estuary and Who Killed Crassostrea virginica: The Fall & Rise of Chesapeake Bay Oysters. Visit our YouTube channel.
- Our Bookstore contains information about more publications and feature-length documentaries by Maryland Sea Grant and how to order them.
- You can also browse an archive of Maryland Marine Notes, published by Maryland Sea Grant until 2001. This newsletter contained extensive news about research and outreach in the Chesapeake region.
Contact the communications staff
Jeffrey 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.
Nicky 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.
Daniel 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.