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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 . . .
photo of tagged blue crabs

Blue Crab Travels: Studying Tags Offers Insights into Crab Habitats and Dispersal

Robert Semmler • September 15, 2016
If you caught a blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay during the past year or so, you might have seen one with a pink plastic tag attached to its shell. I’m part of a scientific research team who asked fishers and watermen to report those tags, and I am glad to report that those calls and e-mails are contributing to a better understanding of the Bay’s blue-crab population and how to sustain it.  Read more . . .
Jellyfish talk

Three Tips for Effective Communication for Non-native Speakers — and Everyone Else

Katherine Slater • August 15, 2016
Daytona Beach, 2011: I was at the biennial conference of a scientific society, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. It was my first year in the United States and my first public talk in English. I remember standing on the stage, looking out at a room full of people; they all knew more about zooplankton and spoke better English than I did. Although I used to be a debate team captain and...  Read more . . .
jellyfish photographed from pier at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

The Jellywalk: Assessing Jellyfish Abundance and Diversity along the CBL Pier

Emily Liljestrand • July 29, 2016
It was a typical summer afternoon back in June 2015 on Solomons Island, home to the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. I was sitting on the front porch of my office building, reading a book about menhaden, when I looked up. I noticed Ph.D. student Suzan Shahrestani jaunting across the yard towards our pier. When I asked what she doing, she said she was about to conduct her “jellywalk.”  Read more . . .
Seaching benthic samples for specimens

Sea Ice, Sea Cucumbers, Sea Stars: My Summer Research off Alaska

Sophie Caradine-Taber • July 18, 2016
This is the second of two dispatches by Sophie Caradine-Taber, who joined an Arctic research cruise through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program run by Maryland Sea Grant.  |  Today we encountered sea ice! There was talk that we might not see much sea ice this year, because sea ice melt has been high in recent years, so I am glad to see it. The ice floes are small but...  Read more . . .