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Extracting new science from ancient pollen

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science are working to find and sequence DNA held within the ancient pollen of trees and compare it with what they find in the same species rooted on today’s landscape. By examining genes and isotopes held within these trees from the past and present, the scientists can draw better conclusions about how trees may respond to ongoing and future climate changes.
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Navigating new waters

Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have had a front-row seat to a changing climate and have in turn been sharing their experiences and discoveries through research papers, community presentations, and providing leadership in addressing international scientific challenges in the Arctic.
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Scientists fill key role in island restoration

UMCES scientists have been monitoring Poplar Island since 2003, shortly after the first marsh cell was planted and developed. UMCES works alongside Maryland Environmental Service on the ecosystem restoration project.
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Bat scientists seek answers on emerging disease

Appalachian Laboratory scientists have been working to understand how a deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome, which was first detected in Maryland in 2010, has affected populations of different bat species.
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Forecasting "dead zones" in Chesapeake Bay

Scientists forecast a larger-than-average dead zone in Chesapeake Bay during summer 2017. We talk to Dr. Jeremy Testa about what makes a dead zone and how forecasts may overestimate.
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Raising the grade for sustainable agriculture

Two professors from UMCES' Appalachian Laboratory are leading an effort to build a universal grading system that could help countries measure how well they can meet food production targets with minimal impact on the environment, and then, with that insight, set policies or incentives to improve their grade.
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