Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Student Stories

Sam Major, understanding microbial communities associated with algae impact biofuel

Watch as Sam Major, a graduate student at the Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology, talks about his research at the Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology.

“I decided to come here because it is not your typical graduate experience. Working with UMCES and IMET allows me to interact with local entrepreneurs, leaders in biotechnology, and professors from all over the University of Maryland System.”


Shae Green, understanding deep sea red crabs

"Right now the red crab is a federally managed species, but there’s not known information about their biology so we don’t know a lot about reproduction and their molting patterns. Looking at these hormones and studying their effects on reproduction is important so we can have an overlook of how this works. "


Leah Maurer, understanding early development of blue crabs

"In fifth grade, the Oyster Restoration Partnership came to my school, and they showed us how the urban environment can hurt the Bay. Ever since then, I’ve been interested in the environment. It just so happens that I landed a position working with blue crab, which is a very important species in the Bay."