Researchers identify zone of increasing acidity in Chesapeake 

A team of scientists has identified a zone of water that is increasing in acidity in the Chesapeake Bay. The researchers analyzed little studied factors that play a role in ocean acidification--changes in water chemistry that threaten the ability of shellfish such as oysters, clams and scallops to create and maintain their shells.
"Given how widespread low-oxygen zones are in coastal waters worldwide, understanding these processes will allow us to predict the acidification of estuaries," said Jeremy Testa of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. "These results will allow us to identify where and when shell-forming organisms like oysters will thrive or suffer in the future."

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Open House
September 9, 1-5 p.m.

T he Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland, is celebrating more than 90 years as a national leader in fisheries, estuarine ecology, environmental chemistry and toxicology. Meet our scientists and get to know their work, enjoy exhibits and hands-on activities, see the Research Vessel Rachel Carson, and much more!

Behind the Scenes: 
Aboard the R/V Rachel Carson with her crew of two

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's research fleet is the backbone of the Center's coastal science research programs and Research Vessel Rachel Carson is the flagship. But a ship is nothing without her crew. When the Rachel Carson set out on a research cruise this past spring, we joined Capt. Michael H. Hulme, director of marine operations, in the wheelhouse to learn about his career, his path to it, and the vessel he now mans alongside mate/engineer Robert Nilsen. 

Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
September 7, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Join us for a special screening of "A Plastic Ocean," a recently released film that discusses the harm the plastics we use every day cause to our oceans, the animals that inhabit the ocean, and ultimately all of us. One of the film's featured experts, Dr. Michael Gonsior of UMCES' Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, will share insights and answer questions.

Eric Davidson rides to raise climate awareness and funds for graduate students

Eric Davidson, director and professor at the Appalachian Laboratory, embarks on his third Climate Ride this September to raise awareness of climate change and raise money to support UMCES graduate students.

Speaker Series: Science for Citizens
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.

Learn about innovative research being pioneered by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Scientists at this free, public lecture series:

September 26: Economic Benefits of a Healthy Chesapeake Bay with Dr. Lisa Wainger
October 3: Drug Discovery from the Marine Environment with Dr. Russell HIll
October 10: The Science Behind Sustainable Seafood with Dr. Genny Nesslage
October 17: Ballast Water Invasive Species: The Science of Environmental Regulations with Dr. Mario Tamburri
October 24: How Do We Tackle Large Environmental Questions? with Dr. Walter Boynton

Next Generation
Graduate student Stephanie Siemek

"My graduate research involves understanding the hydrology of the Ridge and Valley province, a part of the Appalachian Highlands that falls within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I am examining how effective riparian buffers--vegetated areas near streams that help shade and protect that stream--are in reducing nutrients in groundwater before being discharged into streams."

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