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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 . . .
photo of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker ship

Exploring Climate Change in the Arctic Aboard an Icebreaker

Sophie Caradine-Taber • July 14, 2016
This is the first dispatch by Sophie Caradine-Taber, who joined a research cruise through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program run by Maryland Sea Grant.  |  I am spending this summer pursuing an unusual opportunity: spending two weeks aboard a research ship helping with research in the Arctic!  Read more . . .
Scientists working at Williston Lake

How Understanding Culture Can Help Us Respond to Environmental Change

Elizabeth Van Dolah • June 8, 2016
When I introduce myself as an environmental anthropologist, there’s often a pause followed by a look of confusion and then finally, “You’re a what?”   Read more . . .
blue crab

A Challenge in Climate Change Research: Facing the Skeptics

Hillary Glandon • May 18, 2016
Climate change is an accepted phenomenon throughout the scientific community, but the perspective of the general public can often be quite different. As a young researcher in the field of climate change, I often find myself in situations where climate change skeptics expect me to defend my research, which examines the effects of climate change on juvenile blue crabs.  Read more . . .