News from the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Whale Watching, Beneath the Waves

Studying the travels of marine mammals may influence the construction of offshore wind power


Article by Jeffrey Brainard, Maryland Sea Grant

What’s happening on the CBL Research Pier? FlexEl, LLC’s Deploys Underwater Reserve Batteries

Operating sensors and detectors in strategic bay and coastal environments is critically important, but powering these devices can be difficult.  Not only do batteries have to be able to survive in water, they have to be resistant to damage from wave action, aquatic life, and increased corrosion that can result from salty conditions. FlexEl, LLC has developed thin, flexible batteries that use this challenging environment to their advantage.

Testing our Assumptions: CBL Scientists Seek to Improve Historic Climate Records

To understand how our climate is changing today and what could happen in the future, we need to understand how the Earth’s climate has changed in the past.

Will Ocean Acidification Create “Super Crabs” in Bay? Maybe Not

Acidifying Conditions Could Bring Benefits and Problems for the Bay's Iconic Crustaceans

Sorry to disappoint comic-book fans, but don’t expect to see any crabs with super powers swimming around the Chesapeake Bay — despite the Washington Post's prediction not long ago that "it is the dawn of the super crab."

White House highlights Arctic research with a local connection

The White House’s press release about President Obama’s recent announcement regarding new investments aimed at enhancing safety and security in the changing Arctic notes that “Climate change is reshaping the Arctic in profound ways. The global Arctic has warmed approximately twice as fast as the rest of the world, resulting in significant impacts on land and sea.”

Welcome to CBL’s New Students!

The start of the 2015/2016 school year has brought six new students to the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

Congratulations to CBL’s Newest Graduate!

Caroline Coulter, of Little Rock, AR, came to Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in August 2012 with a B.Sc. degree from UNC Chapel Hill, where she majored in chemistry. Caroline was awarded a 2-year CBL Graduate Education Committee Fellowship and entered the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) program with a specialization in Environmental Chemistry.


Combining satellite telemetry and remotely sensed environmental data to provide predictions of whale occurrence in the California Current System to reduce human impacts

Despite the end of commercial whaling, many whale populations have been slow to increase in number, and one of the reasons for this is continued human-induced mortality. Human impacts including collisions with vessels, entanglement in fishing gear and exposure to underwater noise are major sources of disturbance, injury and mortality to large whales.

The Lost Years Project: Tracking Young Sea Turtles

CBL Research Assistant Professor Dr. Helen Bailey and her student Aimee Hoover are working with The Leatherback Trust on a project that investigates the migration of young leatherback sea turtles between when they leave their nesting beach as hatchlings and the time they reach maturity.  This period is known as “the lost years” because even today, not much is known about where turtles travel during this time. 

UMCES scientists win Best Paper of the Year award from American Fisheries Society

UMCES' Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) alumnus Adam Peer (shown in photo) and CBL Director Dr. Tom Miller were recipients of the Best Paper of the Year 2014 awarded by the American Fisheries Society for its journal North American Journal of Fisheries Management.