Meet Maryland Sea Grant's New Team Members

This issue, we say goodbye to Jeffrey Brainard, who led our communications team for six years and wrote frequently for this magazine. Jeff accepted an editorial position at Science magazine. We thank him for his many contributions, which included working with colleagues here and at the Bay Journal to create a multimedia package on coastal flooding and sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Sea Grant is excited to welcome two new staff members:

Rona Kobell Rona Kobell joins Maryland Sea Grant as a writer and editor. She will write and edit for Chesapeake Quarterly, and contribute broadly to our communication team's other outreach efforts. She is a former reporter for the Bay Journal, where she also produced a long-running radio show on Maryland's main NPR station, and for The Baltimore Sun, where she was the first official Chesapeake Bay reporter. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Towson with her husband and two children. She enjoys long, slow runs, and meandering paddles whenever possible. Reach her at
Taryn Sudol Taryn Sudol is the new Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative coordinator with Maryland Sea Grant. Previously, she was an Extension agent with the University of Florida. She received her M.S. in conservation biology and sustainable development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She will continue our work to improve the integration of research and outreach across federal coastal reserves in the Chesapeake and coastal bays. She will be based in College Park but will travel to Annapolis and to various sites often. She enjoys birding, rock-climbing, and paddling. She lives in Washington, DC. Reach her at
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