Maryland Public Television has recognized Dr. Donald Boesch with the Outdoors Maryland Award for Stewardship of the Environment. The award was established in 2008 to honor individuals or institutions for their commitment to celebrating and caring for the world around us.Read on and watch MPT's video...
Was Environmental Insights passed along by a friend?
Never before in the institution's 85-year history has the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's research been more important to the environmental future of Maryland, the region and the world. Truly, 2010 was a remarkable year for the Center. As environmental emergencies transpired and debates emerged, the Center's experts answered the call and provided the science-based guidance needed to help cope with the problems at hand.
Over the last year, UMCES experts led the national debate on the environmental consequences of mountaintop removal mining, educated members of Congress on the potential ecosystem-wide impacts of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and worked hand-in-hand with the State of Maryland to develop a science-based blueprint for restoring the environmental and economic vitality of the Chesapeake Bay. Individually, each of these societal contributions is a great achievement. Collectively, they provide insight into the quality of UMCES scientists and our rising prominence on the national stage.
New Research Examines Why So Many Soft Shell Crabs Perish
A research effort designed to prevent the introduction of viruses to blue crabs in a research hatchery could end up helping Chesapeake Bay watermen improve their bottom line by reducing the number of soft shell crabs perishing before reaching the market. The research, led by UMCES@IMET Professor Eric Schott, shows that the transmission of a crab-specific virus in diseased and dying crabs likely occurs after the pre-molt (or 'peeler') crabs are removed from the wild and placed in soft-shell production facilities. Read on...
Baltimore Harbor Assessment Sets Stage for Restoration
UMCES researchers are working to develop the first Baltimore Harbor Report Card, a spatially explicit scientific assessment of ecosystem health. Based on the successful Chesapeake Bay report card developed by UMCES' Integration and Application Network and EcoCheck, the Harbor report card will give local leaders a better understanding of the current quality of local waters and the surrounding watershed. 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.