Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

NOAA funds study to explore impact of oil spills on blue crab development

A new study by scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will help determine the potential impact of an oil spill on the development of the blue crab. NOAA and the Coastal Response Research Center at the University of New Hampshire has awarded a $150,000 grant for a one-year study of the effects of chemical dispersants and dispersed oil on larvae of the commercially important blue crab, a keystone species of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast, and its larvae.

Unique Barge Enters Research Fleet to Test Ballast Water Treatment Technologies

Baltimore, Md. (September 27, 2011) – A unique 155’ barge, or Mobile Test Platform, was dedicated into the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science research fleet. This unique barge will be used to test ballast water treatment technologies that would be employed to reduce the risk of introducing invasive species through the maritime shipping industry.  The dedication ceremony was led by Congressman Cummings (Maryland’s 7th District) and included leadership from the US Maritime Administration, Maryland Port Authority, and UMCES.  

Dr. Thomas Miller takes the Helm of the UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Solomons, Md (29 July, 2011) – Dr. Thomas Miller has been appointed the Director of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory after serving as its Interim Director since May.

Alliance for Coastal Technologies

Maritime Environmental Resource Center

An Invader’s Price

CBL Research Professor Dr.

Simulating Storms in the Shallows

CBL Assistant Professor Dr.

Counting Chesapeake Crabs: A Mysterious Decline


Methane: Flowing Near and Far

CBL Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Lapham is examining the release of the potent greenhouse gas methane in the Baltic Sea, Chesapeake Bay, and Arctic lakes.

Is Plant-Based Fuel Worth the Costs in Brazil?

Which has a greater impact on the environment: farming sugarcane for ethanol production or drilling for oil and natural gas?  And how can producing ethanol be made more eco-friendly?  CBL

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