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Sea Grant Fellows

Graduate students from various programs, including the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, take turns posting blogs about their latest research, insights, and lessons as part of their Fellowship Experiences with Maryland Sea Grant.

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Integrated & Application Network, which is part of UMCES, shares news about its world travels, work in science communication, and efforts to grade the health of ecosystems around the state, country and world.

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Oysters are a critical species in Chesapeake Bay, but what does their future look like? The goal of OysterFutures is to develop recommendations for oyster policies and management that meet the needs of industry, citizen, and government stakeholders in the Choptank and Little Choptank Rivers. UMCES scientists have been tracking progress and sharing news through their blog.

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People Land Water
Researchers from Horn Point Laboratory collect samples.

People Land Water is a scientific collaboration of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Extension, and Winrock International funded by the National Science Foundation- Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability from 2013-2018. The group includes scientists, social scientists, economists, extension agents, stakeholders, and local residents from across academia, government, and the private sector who are working together on interdisciplinary research to understand how to make a sustainable rural watershed in coastal areas affected by nutrient pollution.

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Science Pensieve

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, including UMCES' Victoria Coles, Raleigh Hood, and Kari Pohl-St.Laurent, kept this blog updated to keep the public informed and their efforts transparent as they investigated climate impacts throughout the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Posts include thoughts, ideas, discussions, successes, failures, and final results. 

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Polar Trec

This blog is run as part of PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating), a program that gives teachers from the United States hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. Along for a trip is Chesapeake Biological Laboratory graduate student Suzan Shahrestani, who offered advice for young people studying science.

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