Human-caused global warming began earlier than expected

An international research project has shown that the increases in temperatures we are witnessing today started about 180 years ago and confirms previous findings that human activity is the cause of modern global warming.

Scientists partner with farmers to to help reduce runoff

Professor Tom Fisher and his team have been working directly with farmers in Caroline County to implement a variety of best management practices intended to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus running off the land, into streams, and into the Chesapeake Bay.

Extreme weather, changes in habitat could impact striped bass

Thanks to global warming, waterways that make up important habitat for fish are likely to experience more extreme storms. Researchers  explore the impact on fish populations that have to make sudden and unexpected trips downstream, away from their preferred habitat, to more hospitable waters. 

Cleaner air drives improvements in Chesapeake water quality

A new study suggests that improvements in air quality over the Potomac watershed, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, may be responsible for recent progress on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists at the Appalachian Laboratory  have linked improving water quality in streams and rivers of the Upper Potomac River Basin to reductions in nitrogen pollution onto the land and streams due to enforcement of the Clean Air Act. 
Student Profile:  Melanie Jackson 

"I 've been lucky enough to go out throughout the Chesapeake Bay and take water samples and see where harmful algae are located. At the same time, I received an award from the National Science Foundation to go over to China c omparison--their nutrient pollution is very extreme compared to ours--and see what's going on with that system."

UMCES welcomes new members to Board of Visitors

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental welcomes four new members to its Board of Visitors:  Joe Farren, Powell Tate;  Peggy Derrick, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC;  Joe Suarez, Booz Allen Hamilton; and  J. Mitchell Neitzey, EFO Capital Management, Inc.

Legendary Chesapeake Bay scientist to receive Mathias Medal

Walter Boynton, longtime professor and estuarine ecologist at the C hesapeake Biological Laboratory  and a fixture in the world of Chesapeake Bay science for more than 40 years, has been chosen to receive the Mathias Medal to recognize his distinguished career of scholarship and public service.

Open House
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Saturday, September 10, 1-5 p.m.

Celebrate science on scenic Solomons Island with family-friendly activities, tours, opportunities to engage with our team of faculty and student scientists, and a "behind the scenes" view of current research efforts. Free.