Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Science for Citizens

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.

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Spring Dates: Tuesday nights from March 28 to April 25 - COMPLETED
Fall Dates: Tuesday nights from September 26 to October 24
Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted
Where: CBL’s Bernie Fowler Lab, 142 Williams Street, Solomons, MD 20688. View a campus map.
Cost: Free. 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


Fall 2017 Seminar Schedule

Economic Benefits of a Healthy Chesapeake Bay

Presented by Dr. Lisa Wainger
on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A healthy environment supports economic vitality in many ways. Using the Chesapeake Bay as an example, Dr. Lisa Wainger will discuss how economists connect environmental quality to economic gains and use that information to help design balanced environmental policies. She will describe how many of our iconic industries and communities could actually financially benefit from a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Drug Discovery from the Marine Environment

Presented by Dr. Russell Hill
on Tuesday, October 03, 2017

For more than half a century, scientists have been exploring the marine environment to find new drugs.  Some groups of marine organisms, in particular sponges, have been prolific sources of new bioactive compounds. The marine environment has provided us with new drugs, including anti-cancer drugs, analgesics and antibiotics. Dr. Hill will give an overview of the drug discovery process and talk about some important new drugs from the marine environment, including promising compounds that are still in the “discovery pipeline.”

The Science Behind Sustainable Seafood

Presented by Dr. Genny Nesslage
on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As global demand for seafood grows, fisheries scientists are challenged with the task of estimating sustainable fishing levels.In this seminar, Dr. Nesslage will review current global trends in seafood production and describe how science is used to inform sustainable fisheries management. Resources will be provided to help you determine if your seafood is sustainably caught.

Ballast Water Invasive Species: The Science of Environmental Regulations

Presented by Dr. Mario Tamburri
on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Invasive species introductions, through the release of ship’s ballast water, have enormous ecological and economic impacts on coastal waters around the world, including the Chesapeake Bay.  While national and international ballast water discharge regulations have been established to minimize risks, rigorous implementation of these rules is needed if we are to meet their goals.  Dr. Tamburri will discuss how CBL research is addressing the issue of ballast water invasive species and the successful implementation of complex environmental regulations.

How Do We Tackle Large Environmental Questions?

Presented by Dr. Walter Boynton
on October 24, 2017

Are the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorous a problem in the Chesapeake Bay, and if so, do we need to control one or both?  What caused the massive decline of seagrasses in the 1970s?  And, why should we care so much about tidal marshes and other wetlands in the Bay system? Drawing on experiences from his distinguished 42 year career at CBL, Dr. Boynton will describe how scientists investigage large-scale environmental issues. He will also discuss how scientists, managers, and citizens have, and must continue to, come together to solve complex challenges facing our Bay.


Watch our Science for Citizens videos

Couldn't make it to a seminar you were interested in? Want to revisit a seminar you attended to learn more? You can watch most of our past seminars on our video page.