Science for Citizens Seminar Series

Spring 2016 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 receive email notifications about upcoming Science for Citizens seminars and series? 


When: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
March 29 - April 26, 2016
September 27 - October 25, 2016

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


April 19, 2016

By popular demand, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory will host two screenings of Beautiful Swimmers Revisited on Tuesday, April 19th.  Join us for the first screening from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, or attend the second screening from 7:00pm - 8:00pm.

Beautiful Swimmers Revisited Film Screening
Presented by film interviewee Dr. Tom Miller

It’s been 40 years since William W. Warner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book introduced us to the creature that’s been captivating diners and scientists alike ever since: the blue crab. Beautiful Swimmers Revisited is a documentary film that takes viewers on a journey around the Bay to look in on those who catch, study and eat blue crabs. The film demonstrates how science has evolved since Warner’s day to better understand the behavior of this enigmatic shelled creature. Join CBL for a screening of this 57 minute film prior to its television debut.  View the film trailer here.

April 26, 2016

The Gathering Storm: Flooding the Chesapeake Bay
Presented by Dr. William Boicourt

The enclosed nature of Chesapeake Bay protects us from most hurricanes moving from the tropics up the east coast.  But for certain storms, such as Isabel in 2003, the Bay area is especially vulnerable. Recognizing that hurricanes are heat engines that feed off warm ocean temperatures is leading toward improvements in forecast warnings.  As our surface waters in the ocean warm, the present understanding leads scientists to predict fewer hurricanes in the coming years.  But when they come, they are going to be intense.


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: