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Volume 1 | April 2020
Appalachian Laboratory
Spring 2020 E-Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 2
Message from Appalachian Laboratory Director Eric Davidson
As we diligently follow directives to maintain social distancing by teleworking from home, thus doing our part to help flatten the Coronovirus curve, to keep each other safe, and to reduce the burden of patients on our front-line health care workers, the faculty, staff, and students of the Appalachian Laboratory continue to advance our missions of research, education, outreach, and application of science. In this newsletter, you will find numerous links to educational resources provided by our faculty and students and a couple of good reads about the new faculty member and post-doctoral research associate who joined us earlier this academic year. Most of us are busy at our homes analyzing datasets, conducting literature surveys, writing grant proposals and manuscripts for publication, and generally keeping our wits sharp. I thank the small number of our essential staff who are minding the store in our absence, tending to our beautiful building and grounds, maintaining our valuable scientific equipment, making sure that plants used in research remain alive, and keeping our lines of communication functioning. We look forward to resuming our lab and field work, our Watershed Moments and other outreach events, and award ceremonies when the all-clear signal is given. In the meantime, I wish everyone a safe haven and assurance of the solidarity we share in persevering through this challenging time.
Staying Connected
While in-person events and activities for visitors to the Appalachian Laboratory and our sister laboratories within the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) are cancelled until at least June 1, 2020, you can stay connected to the Lab and UMCES during this time through our resources posted on our website and through our e-newsletters. We look forward to seeing you again at the Appalachian Laboratory as soon as is possible, but until then, we hope you enjoy your virtual visits with us!
Website: Seminars, Talks, Blogs, and More 
We have a number of recorded seminars and talks available on our UMCES website. For those who were unable to attend, or for those who’d just like to revisit past events, recordings of the Appalachian Laboratory s last two Watershed Moments events are posted on our website. Additionally, our sister laboratory, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, offers recordings of its Science for Citizens events on their website. Use the links below to view these recordings.

UMCES also offers online resources to take you Behind the Science. This website includes videos, podcasts, blogs, and more, designed to give you a deeper look at the work that takes place in our laboratories and field sites around the world.
Website: IMET Virtual Open House- May 2
The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore will be hosting a virtual Open House on Saturday, May 2, at 1pm. Details are still being finalized, but to attend, register here.
UMCES publishes a number of newsletters for community members to stay informed on the latest news and activities taking place throughout the institution. The Environmental Insights e-newsletter is sent monthly and focuses on research and news from across the institution. Past editions, as well as a subscription form, can be found on the newsletter site.

Each laboratory within UMCES also offers newsletters, like the Appalachian Laboratory's E-Newsleter, so if you have an interest in learning more about the research taking place at any of our facilities around the Chesapeake Bay, these e-publications are available at the sites linked below.

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology – sign-up box at bottom of page
Faculty News
New Paper Proposes Framework for Future Study of "Co-migration"
While the evolving COVID-19 crisis captures our attentions and dramatically impacts our daily lives, the seasons continue to change, bringing with them the return of robins and other birds, as well as insects, to our backyards. Each spring around this time, prompted by seasonal changes in the availability of food, length of day, and temperatures, many species of mammals, birds, insects, and fish, make epic journeys by land, air, or sea from southern wintering areas to breeding locations further north. A recent paper by UMCES Appalachian Laboratory scientist Emily Cohen and co-author Dara Satterfield (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) proposes a new framework to help researchers better understand and study communities of migrating animals. 
Susanne Lachmuth Joins Appalachian Laboratory Red Spruce Project
Dr. Susanne Lachmuth recently joined the laboratory of Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Appalachian Laboratory as an Assistant Research Scientist. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, UMCES, like other University System of Maryland institutions, is currently operating under research restrictions. Once normal research activities resume, Lachmuth, an evolutionary ecologist who combines genetics, experiments, and modeling to see how plant populations have changed over time, will focus her research on the adaptation of red spruce to changing climates.
Student News
Dylan Taillie: Story Mapping
Dylan Taillie, a graduate student at the Appalachian Laboratory, recently created a story map detailing a winter research road trip sampling trees from Seattle to Denver with Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick. Story maps, which combine geographic maps with photos, videos and text, engage viewers in interactive experiences. To learn more about their tree-sampling trip, use the link below to view their story.