Student startup, Minnowtech, makes a splash in Accelerate Baltimore program

May 11, 2018
Working toward a doctoral degree is enough to keep most people busy. At the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), innovator Suzan Shahrestani is using the technical expertise she has developed in her pursuit of a Fisheries Science doctorate to launch her own company, Minnowtech, which was recently awarded a place in the prestigious Accelerate Baltimore program.

Next Generation: Juan Alvarez

May 1, 2018
Juan Alvarez is focusing his graduate work on understanding the ecological drivers of bioluminescent lagoons. These coastal lagoons are predominantly dominated by a dinoflagellate called Pyrodinium bahamense.

Hurricane Maria potential game-changer for Horn Point student’s research

May 1, 2018
Juan Alvarez regularly returns to his native Puerto Rico to understand the ecology behind the island's lucrative bioluminescent bays, but he had to put his research on hold after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Seven months later, he will return to see his family and see how much the storm that changed the island changed his research focus.

Science in the First Person: Michael Gonsior on tracing the impact of septic systems on local waterways

April 5, 2018
Environmental chemist Michael Gonsior has been dipping into streams in southern Maryland to figure out if septic systems in residential areas of Calvert County are contributing to nitrogen pollution in local streams—and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

Bridging the Gap: Women grad students talk rise of STEM, power of diversity in science

March 29, 2018
PODCAST: Women graduate students from UMCES' four laboratories talk about their experiences pursuing a degree in science at a time when more women are joining them in the field. Our conversation includes the rise of STEM learning in early education and the power of diversity of all kinds in science.