Meet the President: 
Dr. Peter Goodwin

In September, Dr. Peter Goodwin joined the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science as its sixth chief executive. He is an internationally recognized expert in ecosystem restoration, ecohydraulics, and enhancement of river, wetland and estuarine systems, and has spent 30 years in higher education. 

From the President's Office at the headquarters along the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland, Dr. Goodwin shares more about himself and his vision for the future.

Bay grasses return to the shores of Solomons, but will they stay?
Large reductions in nutrients coming from the Bay's large sewage treatment plants, a gradual reduction in the amount of nitrogen entering the Bay from the lands surrounding the Susquehanna River, and an extended period of moderate to low river flow appear to be leading to better conditions for the growth of bay grasses in parts of Chesapeake Bay. 
Underwater glider on mission to assist hurricane forecasting

As the hurricane season peaked, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science launched its underwater glider "Striper" off the New Jersey coast, just north of Atlantic City. This autonomous underwater vehicle is patrolling the East Coast to collect data that can improve intensity forecasts. Find out how you can follow it in real time.

Laying the groundwork to help nations around the world balance fertilizer use with sustainable food production

Eric Davidson and Xin Zhang from the Appalachian Laboratory recently brought researchers from around the world together to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis to build a universal grading system that could help countries measure how well they can meet food production targets with minimal impact on the environment.

"It's remarkable that we [at UMCES] have been able to take a leadership role in something related to global agriculture. I think it shows we are thinking at all scales, including thinking big," said Davidson.

New grant will help resource managers plan for increase in toxic algal blooms in Chesapeake waterways

Researchers from the Horn Point Laboratory have been awarded funding to develop a new model to better predict the long-term occurrences of dangerous and costly harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay.

"The harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay have been increasing due to nutrient enrichment, and with climate change we are going to have more occurrences," said Professor Ming Li. "In this project we will be developing a new mechanistic model to predict the harmful algal blooms."

Laura Lapham awarded grant to help girls advance in STEM

Laura Lapham of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory was awarded one of 10 national  Changing the Face of STEM mentoring grants from the L'OrĂ©al USA For Women in Science  program  to inspire the next generation of girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) . In the spring, she will mentor first-year students at the College of Southern Maryland, giving them a hands-on introduction to methane biogeochemistry. 

"This project will give community college students the chance for a hands-on experience in a STEM field. Who knows, maybe it will inspire a bright, young mind to pursue a career in marine sciences," said Lapham.

Open House: 
Horn Point Laboratory
October 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy exhibits and demonstrations, tour the facilities, and take a hayride on the campus. Meet the Horn Point Laboratory scientists and learn about oysters, plankton, climate change, marshes, seagrasses, and much more! The day also includes activities for children and a scavenger hunt. The event is free to all. Food is available for sale.

Students lead drive to bring relief to devastated communities 
Graduate students Zoraida Perez Delgado and Ana Sosa called on the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science community for support after two natural disasters devastated their communities. They spoke about the struggles facing their friends and family after Hurricane Maria engulfed the island as a category 4 storm and a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico in September. The UMCES community responded, quickly surpassing the $2,500 goal. 


Lab After Hours: What's in your water?
November 2, 6:30 p.m.
Appalachian Laboratory

The Appalachian Laboratory's first-ever "Lab After Hours" event will give participants an exclusive behind-the scenes look at water research activities and a chance to engage in hands-on "detective work" with water samples from their favorite stream, pond, or lake. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants. REGISTER

A Sense of Wonder: 
The Life and Works of Rachel Carson
November 4, 7 p.m.

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory brings actress Kaiulani Lee (Law and Order, The Waltons) and her one-woman play about marine biologist Rachel Carson to the Solomons Holiday Inn for a special performance. The play tells the story of a woman's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it while being thrust into the role of a controversial public figure. Proceeds benefit graduate students.  TICKETS

Learn more about UMCES science directly from faculty and students. Check out our YouTube channel for videos about ocean acidification, climate change, and more.  WATCH
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