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FROSTBURG, MD (September 28)--Roughly over a quarter of the golden eagles killed at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in Northern California from 2012-2014 were recent immigrants to the local population, according to research led by the U.S. Geological Survey. The results illustrate how golden eagle populations are interconnected across the western U.S. and suggest that golden eagle deaths, or mitigation for those deaths, at one location may impact populations in other areas. 

UMCES’ leader will leave legacy in science and Chesapeake Bay restoration

CAMBRIDGE, MD (September 20, 2016)—President Donald Boesch has announced his intent to conclude his leadership role at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) on August 31, 2017. Appointed UMCES’ fifth chief executive in 1990, Dr. Boesch has led an institution with an excellent reputation for Chesapeake Bay science to global prominence in coastal watershed science and its application, building highly capable research facilities at each of the Center’s four laboratories, and attaining accreditation for UMCES’ program in graduate education in the marine and environmental sciences.

Warming climate triggers changes in forests’ impact on cleaner water

FROSTBURG, MD (September 12, 2016)—A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function. Scientists from the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science used a combination of satellite images and field measurements to show that trees have greater demand for soil nitrogen in years with early springs

CAMBRIDGE, MD (September 8, 2016)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a leading research and educational institute dedicated to understanding and managing our natural resources, recently appointed J. Mitchell Neitzey, President, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of EFO Capital Management, Inc., to its Board of Visitors. 

CAMBRIDGE, MD (August 25, 2016)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a leading research and educational institute dedicated to understanding and managing our natural resources, recently appointed Joe Suarez, Executive Advisor with Community Partnerships for Booz Allen Hamilton, to its Board of Visitors.

Analysis of paleoclimate records shows a rapid response of climate to fossil fuel burning

SOLOMONS, MD (August 25, 2016)—Close to 200 years ago, the Industrial Revolution drove thousands away from working the land to toil in factories in cities, where machine production changed our entire way of life. A new study shows that this major societal shift also triggered simultaneous changes in our climate. An international research project has shown that the increases in temperatures we are witnessing today started about 180 years ago and confirms previous findings that human activity is the cause of modern global warming.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (August 11, 2016)--The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland’s leading research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, recently welcomed Peggy Derrick, Vice President at EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC, to its Board of Visitors. 

Abrupt changes in habitat could impact fish populations

SOLOMONS, MD (August 2, 2016)—Striped bass are known to have favorite summer swimming spots to which they return every year. They are creatures of habit. However, when a hurricane hits, everything can change very quickly. The water level rises rapidly. Runoff floods the river with sediment and chokes off the oxygen. Heavy rains create rushing currents and a sudden drop in water temperature. And the fish leave the area in a hurry. Scientists call it “evacuating” to better conditions.

Clean Air Act triggered decline in nitrogen pollution in Potomac watershed

FROSTBURG, MD (July 26, 2016)—A new study suggests that improvements in air quality over the Potomac watershed, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, may be responsible for recent progress on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have linked improving water quality in streams and rivers of the Upper Potomac River Basin to reductions in nitrogen pollution onto the land and streams due to enforcement of the Clean Air Act. 

Clean Air Act triggered decline in nitrogen pollution in Potomac watershed

FROSTBURG, MD (July 26, 2016)—A new study suggests that improvements in air quality over the Potomac watershed, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, may be responsible for r

Study explores role of methane release during dead zone and storm events

SOLOMONS, MD (June 21, 2016)--We all know by now that methane is bad for the environment. It’s one of those greenhouse gases that trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere and contribute to our warming climate. It’s regularly emitted during the production and transport of coal and oil, and sometimes even cows get the blame. However, a new study finds that estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay could be contributing significantly more methane to the atmosphere than once thought. Estuaries and coastal systems are thought to be a relatively small source of atmospheric methane, as little as 3%. However, a new study from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) found that the methane building up in the Chesapeake Bay alone, if released, would be equal to the current estimates for all the estuaries in the world combined.

Hypoxic zone size affected by low river flow and nutrient loading

Scientists expect that this year’s mid-summer Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone or “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life – will be approximately 1.58 cubic miles, about the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-size swimming pools. This is close to the long-term average as measured since 1950. The anoxic portion of the zone, which contains no oxygen at all, is predicted to be 0.28 cubic miles in early summer, growing to 0.31 cubic miles by late summer. Low river flow and low nutrient loading from the Susquehanna and Potomac rivers this spring account for the smaller predicted size of the anoxic portion.