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Vallisneria americana seagrass bed

Scavenging for Ancient DNA Samples

Carrie Perkins • January 9, 2017
Wild celery, a type of seagrass, can provide clues to how human activities have affected and changed the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem over long spans of time. Finding old samples for DNA analysis sent this graduate fellow on a scientific treasure hunt.  Read more . . .
Jake Hagedorn in the field

Reducing Bay Agricultural Pollution: Success at the Expense of Air Quality?

Jake Hagedorn • December 5, 2016
I am not sleeping well, constantly stabbed by old corn stubble as I roll from side to side in my tent. Finally, first light comes around 6 a.m. on an early September morning. I unzip my tent, stick my head out, and stare out into the soybean abyss. Welcome to a farm field that is the field laboratory for my research project.  Read more . . .
workshop participants

A Lesson in Effective Storytelling About Science

Alex Atkinson • November 30, 2016
I learned about a story-telling method called “And, But, Therefore” that helped me explain my scientific work well. Then I helped apply this approach — at a NOAA workshop attended by the agency’s leaders.  Read more . . .
Asian tiger mosquito (Ades albopictus)

Buzz and Slap: Does Backyard Stormwater Management Bring Unwelcome Visitors?

Kanoko Maeda • November 16, 2016
“Do you mind if we check your rain gutters for mosquitoes?” was a phrase that my field crew and I used a lot this summer. Our research took us door to door in the Petworth neighborhood in the District of Columbia and in Bladensburg and Columbia in Maryland. We wanted to ask residents what they knew about controlling mosquitoes in their yards.  Read more . . .
sampling for chlorophyll concentration

Working in the Bay: Everyone's Got His Niche

Max Spehlmann • October 3, 2016
It’s 9 am. The tide is just beginning to ebb. Greg Silsbe and I are loading up the small motor boat at the Horn Point Laboratory’s boat landing. Working quickly to avoid becoming stranded in the shallow basin with the outgoing tide, we transfer our gear from the back of Greg’s car to the bow of the boat. Greg parks his car while I undo the dock lines.  Read more . . .