Ammar Hanif, advised by Dr. Eric Schott and co-advised by Dr. Rose Jagus, presented the results of his master's research to the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology on November 16, 2012, and successfully defended his work a few days later.
A new study by scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will help determine the potential impact of an oil spill on the development of the blue crab. NOAA and the Coastal Response Research Center at the University of New Hampshire has awarded a $150,000 grant for a one-year study of the effects of chemical dispersants and dispersed oil on larvae of the commercially important blue crab, a keystone species of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast, and its larvae.
A new study shows that when enough bacteria get together in one place, they can make a collective decision to grow an appendage and swim away. This type of behavior has been seen for the first time in marine sponges, and could lead to an understanding of how to break up harmful bacterial biofilms, such as plaque on teeth or those found on internal medical devices like artificial heart valves.
"Stop acting like we're bulletproof" urged Congressman Elijah Cummings at the kick off of a two-day conference on the Chesapeake Bay and human health at the Institute for Marine and Environmental Science at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, May 14-15.
As warning bells clang about the decline of ocean fisheries and contaminant levels in fish, scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found the key to raising some marine fish on a vegetarian diet. The study found that cobia—a fast-growing fish well-adapted to commercial aquaculture—can grow just as well on a plant-based diet as a diet of fishmeal, as long as the essential amino acid taurine is added to the mix.
Russell Hill has been appointed director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). Located in the Columbus Center on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, IMET is a joint research institute of three University System of Maryland institutions —University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Maryland, Baltimore. Effective September 1, 2012, Hill’s appointment follows a six-month search.
BALTIMORE, MD (June 13, 2012)--The world's corals are at risk of disintegrating thanks to increasingly acidic ocean waters, but what about the sponges? Graduate student Jan Vicente at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology has been awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prestigious Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship to find out.