President Don Boesch announces stepping down after 27 years

Appointed UMCES' fifth chief executive in 1990, Dr. Donald Boesch announced his intent to conclude his leadership role at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science next year. He has led the institution--a longtime leader in Chesapeake Bay science--to global prominence in coastal watershed science and its application.

If you drove across the Nanticoke River bridge in Sharptown on the Eastern Shore last month, you might've noticed a strange-looking vessel moored to shore. It is a floating laboratory staffed with about a dozen scientists who test technologies that treat ballast water on ships to reduce the risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Program awarded major grant to train students in marine science

Great news for the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center that helps train underrepresented young scholars for careers in marine science, including students at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. The program, led by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with six partner institutions across the country, was just awarded $15.5 million to sustain the program.

New research facility honors legendary scientist Reginald Truitt

On September 10, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons--the first public marine lab on the East Coast--unveiled a new, state-of-the-art building dedicated to the lab's founding director and legendary Maryland environmental scientist Reginald Truitt. The 14,000-square-foot research facility boasts five research labs and one-of-a-kind experimental facilities.

Chesapeake Champion award honors Eastern Shore environmental stewards

The Horn Point Laboratory announced that its 2016 Chesapeake Champion for the Environment award recipients are Jordan and Alice Lloyd, owners of the  Bartlett Pear Inn and Bakery.   The annual award honors individuals or a business on Maryland's Eastern Shore whose volunteer activities demonstrate a commitment to respect and promote stewardship of land, water, and wildlife.

Wind energy development has consequences for golden eagles

A news study shows golden eagle populations are interconnected across the western U.S. and suggest that golden eagle deaths, or mitigation for those deaths, at one location may impact populations in other areas. 


Warming climate triggers changes in forests' impact on cleaner water

A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function. The good news? Higher demand for nitrogen by trees could mean less nitrogen polluting streams and rivers. The bad news? Trees that can't get enough nitrogen may not be able to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help slow down further global warming.  
Science for Citizens Seminar Series
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Tuesdays, October 4-25,  7 p.m.

Learn about the innovative research being pioneered by UMCES scientists in this free seminar series for the public. Find out about mercury in Maryland fish, the impact of coal mining on Appalachian streams, how farming has been transforming the planet, and the future for Maryland's iconic terrapin turtles.