Outreach Seminars


Science for Citizens

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL)

Spring 2015 Outreach Seminar Series

In celebration of 90 years of innovative science at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory hosts a series of science talks for citizens by our renowned scientists.

All seminars are free and open to the public

 Join us on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory – Bernie Fowler Lab, Room #1101

Light snacks and beverages will be provided

Directions to CBL are available at: http://www.umces.edu/cbl/directions


March 31

90-years of Beautiful Swimmers at CBL:  Blue Crabs Past, Present and Future

This seminar will explore the biology, ecology and fisheries for blue crab based on 90-years of research conducted at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory since our founding in 1925.  The seminar will show how the life cycle of blue crab determines the timing of fisheries and how climate change may disrupt that pattern.

Dr. Thomas Miller

 April 7
How North America’s Arctic Ecosystems are Responding to Sea Ice Loss

Lee Cooper and Jackie Grebmeier, both scientists based at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory but with long-term field experience in the Arctic, will discuss their research and related work that is addressing how arctic ecosystems and organisms are responding to the loss of seasonal sea ice and other environmental changes.

Dr. Jackie Grebmeier & Dr. Lee Cooper
 April 14
Oysters in Maryland:  Where We've Been and Where We're Going 

Maryland once supported one of the largest oyster fisheries in the world, but their abundance is now much lower than it was 50 or 100 years ago.  Come learn about the how and why oyster abundance has changed, how management of the fishery has changed, and what might be in store for the future.

Dr. Michael Wilberg
 April 21
A Short History of a Long Study in CBL's Backyard: Our Local Water Quality

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has studied the water quality of Solomons Harbor since 1987.  This talk provides an overview of this work and the patterns and change scientists have documented over the past twenty-seven years of monitoring.  Come learn about the health of our local waters!

Dr. Lora Harris
 April 28
What Happens When We Do The Right Thing? A Study of Mattawoman Creek

So, what does happen when we "do the right thing" regarding nutrient pollution in the Bay?  Exactly that was done in Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.  The results were stunning but it took patience for the results of this clean-up effort to emerge.  This talk will provide the details and a bit about how we pieced this success story together.

Dr. Walter Boynton
 May 5
The Plastic Oceans: New Insights into the Distribution of Marine Debris

CBL scientist Michael Gonsior has traveled aboard three major expeditions to evaluate the extent of marine debris (mainly plastics) in our World’s Oceans.  Drawing on his experiences from these cruises, he will introduce seminar attendees to the problems created by plastic pollution in the offshore environment and what researchers know about its distribution.

Dr. Michael Gonsior
 May 12
Whales and Wind Farms: Studying Marine Mammals in the Maryland Wind Energy Area

Offshore wind farms allow renewable energy to be generated with little or no carbon dioxide emissions. However, potential impacts on marine species could include habitat loss and harmful effects from increased noise. This seminar will describe ongoing studies led by CBL scientist, Helen Bailey, to understand the distribution of whales and dolphins in the proposed Maryland Wind Energy Area, and how they may potentially be impacted.

 Dr. Helen Bailey
 May 19
What Lies Beneath: Methane in Natural Systems 

From the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico to as far away as Brazilian reservoirs and Arctic lakes, CBL scientist Laura Lapham has been studying methane in natural systems. Drawing on her research from these diverse locations she will discuss how methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is naturally formed in low oxygen sediments (such as those that underlie oceans, estuaries and lakes), what sorts of changes occur over time, and how it impacts the environment. 

Dr. Laura Lapham
 May 26
Innovations in Environmental Technology

From sensors that can monitor dissolved oxygen and nutrients in freshwater, coastal and ocean environments to our ability to remove invasive species from the ballast water of ships, Dr. Mario Tamburri will be describing two programs based at CBL that facilitate the development and adoption of new innovations to better understand and protect our environment.

Dr. Mario Tamburri
 June 2
Maryland's Highly Migratory Fishes 

We are witnesses to an unprecedented era of digital-age discoveries arising from advances in ocean observing systems, in methods to track fish movements, and in computing and telecommunications systems designed to detect, summarize, and simulate fish migrations.  CBL scientist, Dave Secor, presents digital age discoveries from his laboratory on the far flung migrations of Maryland’s striped bass, sturgeon, and bluefin tuna.

 Dr. David Secor