Over the summer, excited young faces adorned research laboratories throughout the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Through their work, thirteen undergraduates have explored the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, peered at algae samples through microscopes and developed a deeper understanding of the biology of the blue crab. Yet, their lifelong experience in scientific research is likely only beginning. Read on...
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Whether pioneering new approaches to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay or monitoring ecosystem changes in the Gulf of Mexico, developing the science needed to solve critical environmental problems drives our work at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
This month, we take a look at two research projects examining the health of our nation's greatest waterbodies. First, we look at how UMCES scientists at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore are using a new biotechnology-driven approach to tackle harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. Second, we follow a team of scientists from the Horn Point Laboratory on their current Gulf of Mexico research expedition to determine ecosystem changes in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Both research projects highlight the the groundbreaking science and environmental problem solving that makes UMCES' work unique. I hope you enjoy learning more about them.
Don Boesch, President
HPL Scientists Assess Impact of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Just after midnight on September 1, an UMCES-led research team departed Cocodrie, Louisiana aboard the R/V Pelican on a week-long research expedition to determine the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Gulf of Mexico. The expedition is collecting data on fish populations and water quality in the Northern Gulf from the Texas coast to Louisiana. Read on...
Mitigating Harmful Algae Blooms with Clay and Crab Shells
A new grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is allowing a team of researchers, led by UMCES@IMET scientist Dr. Allen Place, to test the efficiency of using suspended clays to remove toxic blooms of Microcystis aeruginosa from the water. The researchers will also assess whether this technique will have an impact on submerged aquatic vegetation, clams and fish. Read on...
Globally eminent, locally relevant The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science harnesses the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. By conducting cutting-edge research into today's most pressing environmental problems, the Center is developing new ideas to help guide our state, nation, and world toward a more environmentally sustainable future.