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Watershed Stewards Academy

Who Volunteers for the Watershed Stewards Academies?

William Yagatich • August 25, 2015
Based on a recent survey, my advisor, a colleague, and I have found that people who volunteer in environmental groups are unlike the average citizen.  Read more . . .
blue crab tagged

Blue Crab Tagging Research Requires Early Mornings and Helpful Citizens

Robert Semmler • July 2, 2015
Recently the Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) finished the majority of its preparations for its two upcoming crab-tagging experiments this summer. These experiments will use mark-recapture to discover valuable information on sizes of populations, their migration patterns, and any interactions they may have with people who spot or recapture...  Read more . . .

Modeling Menhaden: Applying Modern Statistics to Historical Data

Emily Liljestrand • June 17, 2015
You know the old adage “there are plenty of fish in the sea?”  Well, what if that wasn’t the case?  How would we even know this was becoming not the case before it was too late?  Read more . . .
Sarah collecting a stream sediment core for grain size analysis

CSI for Bacteria: Using DNA to Study the Condition of Maryland Streams

Sarah Laperriere • April 28, 2015
When people think bacteria, they often think disease. But in reality, pathogenic bacteria are a very small fraction of all bacteria. Bacteria are everywhere, and though small in size, these microscopic organisms are highly complex and play important roles in controlling global nutrient cycles.  Read more . . .
Cassie Gurbisz on boat

Things Just Got Real: Communicating Research Results Is Serious Business

Cassie Gurbisz • February 17, 2015
I had finally finished over a year’s worth of careful data analyses from my graduate research project on the Chesapeake Bay, and I was ready to share them with the rest of the world. Together with my advisor, Michael Kemp, I wrote a paper reporting my results and submitted it to a scientific journal. However, when the journal (actually!) accepted my paper and I should have been jumping for joy, I...  Read more . . .