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A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

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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 . . .
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 . . .