Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

  • Welcome

    Maryland Sea Grant College, a University System of Maryland program works to apply science to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources. We fund and explain scientific research to help leaders and communities deal with our state’s major environmental challenges. We promote a sustainable coastal economy.

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    Up in the Headwaters (September 2018)

    Far from the Chesapeake Bay, the forests, streams, and air in Western Maryland have an important story to tell about the Bay’s road to recovery. Photograph, Nicole Lehming

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  • Research

    Support for sound scientific research and those who undertake it is at core of Maryland Sea Grant's mission. With a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay, we have a tradition of fostering innovative scientific inquiry and analysis. We emphasize projects that offer practical applications for the protection and restoration of Maryland’s coastal resources. 

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  • Education

    Maryland Sea Grant works to increase marine science literacy across the full spectrum of education, from children in grade school to Ph.D. candidates. We are committed to helping inform and equip citizens to take on the long-term challenges of protecting the environmental and economic sustainability of Maryland’s coastal resources.

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  • Communities

    Through its Extension program, Sea Grant reaches out to Maryland — to its citizens, community and government leaders, and industries. Our experts travel to towns and cities across the state where we work with Marylanders regularly to help them respond to environmental and social changes. Our goal is to foster viable communities that can live sustainably within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Maryland Sea Grant College

Maryland Sea Grant College, a university-based partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a service organization administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We fund research, education, and outreach throughout the state of Maryland. Our offices are located in College Park, Maryland. Learn more about us.


Program Announcements

The Maryland Sea Grant College seeks pre-proposals for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2022. Find out more here.

Upper-level undergraduates are invited to apply for the Maryland Sea Grant REU program. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay. Apply Here

Maryland Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for four graduate fellowship programs. Check out our fellowship page for more details! 

Knauss legislative fellowships in Congress help build careers — and they're fun and educational. See our video and fact sheet for details.

Maryland Sea Grant seeks to hire an Assistant Director for Communications and Engagement to lead our team of writers and content producers. More details.

Maryland Sea Grant has program development funds for start-up efforts or strategic support for emerging areas of research. Apply here.

Walter Boynton: A Life in Science

A native of New England, Walter Boynton began his science career as a summertime assistant at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland. Over the next 40+ years he became a leading marine researcher and advocate for science-based approaches to restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

CBOS: The First Chesapeake Bay Observing System

In 1991, CBOS buoys began capturing data all day every day in the Chesapeake, creating a record of wind events, river flows, storm surges, tidal surges and ebbs. Bill Boicourt talks about how he and fellow scientists set the system
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Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland

Scientists release new projections for future sea level rise for the Chesapeake Bay and for Maryland, Virginia and nearby Mid-Atlantic coastal areas. In these regions, sea levels are rising faster than the global average. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.


Growing Oysters to Clean the Bay

Bay-area residents interested in restoring water quality in Chesapeake Bay can help through oyster gardening, growing oysters off a dock. Most of those dockside oysters will end up on sanctuary reefs where they will go to work filtering water at the rate of 50 gallons a day. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Poplar Island Marsh Study

Poplar Island in the mid-Chesapeake Bay is now being developed as a holding site for sediment dredged from the Bay's shipping channels. Scientist Lorie Staver is studying the ongoing regrowth of grasses planted to stabilize the island and to provide habitat for wildlife. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Breathing Lessons For the Bay

Three decades ago, scientists working on Maryland's Patuxent River showed how sewage discharges robbed the river of oxygen, creating dead zones that can kill fish and crabs. Their discoveries led to the current Bay cleanup campaign. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Anthropologist on the Bay

Do the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
share similar values? Is their outlook rooted in their work, their sense of community? Anthropologist Michael Paolisso took those questions to Deal Island, an isolated enclave along Maryland's Eastern Shore. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Lifeguard Academy

Summer brings sun, fun, and surf, but the surf contains threats to swimmers: rip currents that can sweep them out to sea. See how the Ocean City, Maryland, Beach Patrol saves lives. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Decoding the Sediments

In a new Maryland Sea Grant book, scientist Grace Brush describes tracing the ecological history of the Chesapeake Bay by studying its bottom sediments.

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