Science for Citizens Seminar Series

Spring 2017 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 (UMCES), 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 are split into a Fall and Spring series, each of which will include five seminars.  Each Science for Citizens seminar will be presented by an UMCES scientist and will inform the public about a featured research effort. Would you like to recieve email notifications about upcoming Science for Citizens seminars and series? 


When: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
March 28 - April 25, 2017
September 26 - October 24, 2017

Where: CBL’s Bernie Fowler Lab
142 Williams Street, Solomons, MD 20688
Cost: F R E E !
No pre-registration necessary. Seating is 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 science on scenic Solomons Island


March 28, 2017

DolphinWatch: Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay
Presented by Dr. Helen Bailey

Little is known about how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend there, what areas of the Bay they are using and why. Dr. Helen Bailey and her team at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory have been frequently detecting dolphin calls in the Bay. They are now working to develop an observation network that will provide information on dolphin distribution and encourage local residents to report their sightings and learn more about these animals.

April 04, 2017

A View into the Secret Lives of Animals on the Swim
Presented by Dr. Dave Secor

As gravity-bound, flat-land primates, we struggle to fully imagine the fluid lives of fish, marine mammals, and birds as they push and pull their way through a three-dimensional aqueous realm.  Through observing systems and telemetry, scientists are discovering marvelous adaptations in how marine animals contend with seawater, which both opposes and leverages locomotion as animals swim, dive, lunge, or simply stay put. In this talk Dr. Dave Secor will review the mechanics and behaviors of marine animals as they school, feed, migrate, and persevere.

April 11, 2017

A Plastic Ocean Film Screenings
First screening from 2:00-4:00pm
Second screening from 6:00-8:00pm
Q&A with Dr. Michael Gonsior

In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of ocean ambassadors, adventurers, and researchers, including CBL’s own Dr. Gonsior, go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean. After viewing this documentary and its never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health, Dr. Gonsior will answer questions from audience members.  View the film trailer here:

April 18, 2017

Raising the Grade: Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay Report Cards
Presented by Dr. Bill Dennison

Every year we produce a data-driven report card for the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. We are learning what causes the report card grades to degrade and to improve, and have instituted a suite of activities to raise the grades. But the rigid nutrient diet, changes to fisheries practices and work to preserve intact habitats will not be enough to restore these bodies of water. So Dr. Dennison will talk about how to account for climate change, land use development and population pressure (both human and animal) so that we can raise the report card grades.

April 25, 2017

Foraging in the Chesapeake
Presented by Dr. Ryan Woodland

Where do the clams, worms, small fish and other forage base that support top predators live in Chesapeake Bay, and under what environmental conditions are they found? In this seminar, Dr. Woodland will discuss some of the most important forage species in the Bay and how knowledge of forage dynamics can inform the management of iconic fisheries species such as rockfish, summer flounder and weakfish.


Couldn't make it to a seminar you were interested in?  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: