Press Releases

Legendary Chesapeake scientist Walter Boynton awarded Mathias medal

December 5, 2016
Walter Boynton, a fixture in the world of Chesapeake Bay science for more than 40 years, , received the prestigious Mathias Medal to recognize his distinguished career.

New forecast tool helps ships avoid blue whale hotspots

November 29, 2016
SOLOMONS, MD (November 29, 2016)--Scientists have long used satellite tags to track blue whales along the West Coast, learning how the largest animals on the planet find enough small krill to feed on to support their enormous size. Now researchers from NOAA Fisheries, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Oregon State University have combined that trove of tracking data with satellite observations of ocean conditions to develop the first system for predicting locations of blue whales off the West Coast.