Outreach Seminars

Fall 2015 Science for Citizens Seminar Series

Join us at the oldest state-supported marine lab on the East Coast to learn about innovative research being pioneered by Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) scientists.  As a part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, CBL faculty and graduate students are developing new approaches to solving the environmental management problems facing Calvert County, our nation, and the world.

Science for Citizens seminars will now be split into a Fall and Spring series, each of which will include five seminars.  Each Science for Citizens seminar will be presented by a CBL scientist and will inform the public about a featured research effort. 

When: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
September 29 - October 27, 2015
March 29 - April 26, 2016

Where: CBL’s Bernie Fowler Lab
142 Williams Street, Solomons, MD 20688
Cost: F R E E !
No pre-registration necessary, seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis
Who: Members of the general public. No scientific background needed - everyone is welcome!
Why: Learn something new and interesting while celebrating 90 years of science on scenic Solomons Island


September 29, 2015

Oysters in the Potomac:  Harvesting what you plant
Presented by Dr. Tom Miller

View "Live quality" recordings of past seminars here.

Oysters are iconic of both the Chesapeake Bay and our efforts to restore it to a healthy state.  Efforts have focused on restoring entire reefs or establishing reserves to restore their ecological function and to support fisheries.  Others have worked in developing aquaculture.  An alternative being explored in the Potomac River is to use waterman cooperatives who buy “shares” in an oyster program that will plant triploid oysters in the river that will be available for harvest by shareholders after two years.  Could this be the future of the oyster fishery?  Come and hear how CBL scientists are advising the waterman and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission on the feasibility of this approach.

October 06, 2015

Corals and Climate Change:  Reconstructing the past to understand the future
Presented by Dr. Hali Kilbourne

Corals not only support beautiful coral reef ecosystems, they also record environmental conditions on reefs within their skeletal chemistry.  Dr. Kilbourne will explain how she extracts climate records from corals, what she has learned about our climate system from corals and how that information can improve projections of future climate change.  

October 13, 2015

Can We Climate Proof Our Insurance?
Presented by Dr. Slava Lyubchich

One of the many aspects of climate change is the escalating frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. CBL scientists have been studying precipitation thresholds that trigger an increased number of house insurance claims, and how many more days with such extreme precipitation we can expect to see in the future. In this seminar, Dr. Slava Lyubchich will show the results from statistical models that forecast how the future insurance risks might change based on alternative climate scenarios.

October 20, 2015

Hold Your Breath & Keep Swimming:  Advances in our understanding of the Chesapeake Dead Zone
Presented by Dr. Jeremy Testa

Low-oxygen areas, often referred to as “Dead Zones” in the media, are unwelcome yet common features of estuaries worldwide that have generally expanded in space and time during the past century. We invite you to a presentation describing the rich history of research related to the “Dead Zone” in Chesapeake Bay, with an emphasis on new insights into what controls the size of the dead zone, how its size has varied in past, and what we should expect in future decades. 

October 27, 2015

Little Fish, Big Impacts:  Forage fish and Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management  
Presented by Dr. Ed Houde

Forage fishes are small, but abundant, fishes in Chesapeake Bay and other coastal waters. They are food for a multitude of predators, including striped bass, ospreys, and dolphins. The most abundant forage fish in the Bay is the Atlantic menhaden, which supports the Bay’s biggest fishery. CBL scientist Ed Houde will discuss forage fishes, their management, and implications for ecosystem-based management of fisheries.


Videos of past seminars given as a part of this series have now been posted online. These videos are currently "live video quality," however we plan to have edited versions available in the near future.

Past seminar videos are available for viewing at: http://www.umces.edu/cbl/science-citizens-videos