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FROSTBURG, MD (February 10, 2016)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland’s leading research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, recently appointed Janice Keene, founder and president of the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation in western Maryland, to its Board of Visitors.  

FROSTBURG, MD (December 9, 2015)—Emissions controls on coal-fired power plants are making a difference in reducing exposure of mercury to people, especially in the western Maryland community. A study of air quality from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science found that levels of mercury in the air from power plant emissions dropped more than half over a 10-year period, coinciding with stricter pollution controls.  

CAMBRIDGE, MD (November 19, 2015)--These days, Dr. Donald Boesch is driving around town in a plug-in hybrid car that when fully charged runs the first 20 miles purely on electricity. As president of the University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science and Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability for the University System of Maryland, he is leading the way in higher education’s commitment to take action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and becoming more resilient to climate disruptions.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (November 20, 2015)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science announces the appointment of Kent Island resident Lynn Rehn as Vice President for Administration. She joins the leadership team at Maryland’s premiere environmental research university, headquartered in Cambridge, Md., as the chief financial and operating officer.

FROSTSBURG, MD (October 14, 2015)--A new study shows that surface water temperature in the Chesapeake Bay is increasing more rapidly than air temperature, signaling a need to look at the impact of warming waters on one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the world. The study, completed by Haiyong Ding and Andrew Elmore of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Appalachian Laboratory, was published in the October issue of Remote Sensing of Environment.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 1, 2015)--“Had it not been for their banks of data, proof and evidence, the Bay would’ve died 20 years ago,” said former Maryland Senator and environmental activist Bernie Fowler, famous for his white sneakers and his annual wade-in at the Patuxent River, of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Fall Season Announced

FROSTBURG, MD (September 29, 2015) -- Imagine learning about the land, sea, and air around us from regionally and nationally known experts and artists.

FROSTBURG, MD (September 4, 2015) -- The Appalachian Laboratory (AL) in Frostburg is pleased to announce that two of its faculty members, Dr. Matthew C. Fitzpatrick and Dr. David M. Nelson, have been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Honored by the Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy

FROSTBURG, MD (August 20, 2015) -- The Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Elmore, an associate professor and researcher at the Laboratory, will receive the Purdue University Department of Physics and Astronomy Outstanding Alumnus Award.

FROSTBURG, MD (August 5, 2015)--Is it possible to truly restore a stream disturbed by housing developments and road construction? Can it return to its natural state, complete with buzzing insects and fish and worms that wiggle through its muddy bottom? Ecologist Robert Hilderbrand is about the find out.

Low river flow and nutrient loading reason for smaller predicted size

CAMBRIDGE, MD (June 23, 2015)--Scientists are expecting that this year’s Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 1.37 cubic miles – about the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-size swimming pools. While still large, this is 10 percent lower than the long-term average as measured since 1950.

New book shows how the last four decades of technological advances have uncovered hidden migration behaviors of fish

SOLOMONS, MD (June 4, 2015)--"Imagine the clandestine lives of marine fishes,” begins “Migration Ecology of Marine Fishes,” a new book by Dr. David Secor, one of the most respected voices in marine fish migration studies. Their movements, social interactions, and favorite spots are all obscured beneath the surface. However, an explosion of technological advances in data gathering and analysis has allowed fisheries scientists to observe the secret lives of fish in a whole new way.