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Baltimore, MD (March 4, 2015)–Dr. Russell Hill, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science professor and director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences, and election to this group is a mark of distinction. Academy Fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and insight on critical issues in microbiology.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (March 2, 2015)--Archaea are a mysterious bunch. Once thought to live only in extreme environments, they are now known to be among the most abundant organisms on the planet. Yet it was only 40 years ago that they were recognized as a separate branch of life, and to this day very little is known about them.  Marine microbiologist Alyson Santoro is trying to change that. Her research for the past decade has focused on understanding archaea, essential components of nutrient cycles in the ocean. She was recently awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship by the Sloan Foundation, a prestigious national award that supports fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise, to support her work.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science professor and director of Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology one of 50 to join program

BALTIMORE, MD (February 27, 2015)–Dr. Russell T. Hill, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science professor and director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, has been chosen by Leadership Maryland to participate in the prestigious professional development program dedicated to building a stronger Maryland by educating, cultivating and connecting our state’s brightest leaders. Professor Hill is one of 50 Maryland leaders chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 23rd class – the Class of 2015 – who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

BALTIMORE, MD (February 20, 2015)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the premier research and educational institution working to understand and manage our world’s natural resources, welcomes Charles O. Monk II as Chair of its Board of Visitors. Monk is managing partner of the Baltimore office of the national law firm Saul Ewing. An avid sailor, Monk is devoted to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and ensuring that Maryland’s environment is preserved for decades to come.

BALTIMORE, MD (February 23, 2015)—Did you ever wonder why the water is so clear around coral reefs? Scientists have known for years that sponges can filter water and gather nutrients from the ocean, making it appear crystal clear. For the first time scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) have identified that bacteria on sponges are harvesting phosphorus from the water for the reef ecosystem to use for nourishment. The findings were published in the February 23 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (February 19, 2015)—A team of scientists at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is beginning a two-year study to quantify the amount of sediment and associated nutrients present in major entry points to the Lower Susquehanna River Reservoir System and the upper Chesapeake Bay. UMCES scientists are building on a recent assessment led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that analyzed the movement of sediment and associated nutrient loads through the lower Susquehanna River watershed to the upper Chesapeake Bay. Although the entire Lower Reservoir System will be investigated, special emphasis will be given to sediment and nutrient loads into and out of Conowingo Pond during high flow events. This study will help policymakers determine the best management options to reduce this effect.

FROSTBURG, MD (January 7, 2015)—Dr. Eric Davidson joins the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Appalachian Laboratory as its new director in the new year. An ecologist, soil scientist, and biogeochemist, Davidson was formerly Executive Director of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, where he had worked as a scientist since 1991. 

Environmental entrepreneurs complete first semester of program that brings students and business leaders together at Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

BALTIMORE, MD (December 16, 2014)—Graduate students at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor recently completed the first semester of an entrepreneurial boot camp focusing on basic business principles, venture capital and entrepreneurism. The Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program was established in June 2014 with funding from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to help young scientists cultivate the leadership and business skills necessary to bring their bench research into commercial markets.

CAMBRIDGE, MD (November 25, 2014)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) joins #GivingTuesday and #MarylandGivesMore to celebrate a new tradition of generosity during the holiday season. On December 2—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—#GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving.

Florida Red Tide Organism Has More Flexible Biology than Previously Known — New Knowledge for Mitigation and Management

CAMBRIDGE, MD (November 6, 2014)--The “food” sources that support Florida red tides are more diverse and complex than previously realized, according to five years’ worth of research on red tide and nutrients published recently as an entire special edition of the scientific journal The multi-partner project was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ECOHAB program* (described below) and included 14 research papers from seven institutions.

SOLOMONS, MD (November 4, 2014)--Offshore wind farms will allow renewable energy to be generated with little or no carbon dioxide emissions, but little  is known about how they impact the marine species living and migrating along the coast. A new study led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will help State and Federal decision-makers better understand where whales, dolphins and porpoises occur along the coast off of Ocean City, and how they use this habitat. This information will assist in determining the best way to develop wind farms in order to minimize disruption or harm to marine life in the area.

SOLOMONS, MD (October 16, 2014)--Offshore wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed in deeper water, but there is still much unknown about the effects on the environment. In a recent paper, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher Helen Bailey and colleagues review the potential impacts of offshore wind developments on marine species and make recommendations for future monitoring and assessment as interest in offshore wind energy grows around the world.