Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Science for the Community Seminars

Science for the Community

Learn about innovative research conducted at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory from the scientists themselves!

Science for the Community seminars invite members of the public to discover how our scientists are developing new approaches to solving the environmental challenges facing Southern Maryland, our nation, and the world. All seminars are free of charge.

Our Registration Process Has Changed

This fall, CBL will offer seminars in a hybrid format: you can choose to attend in person, or join via Zoom. 

We look forward to welcoming guests back to our campus for the Fall 2022 series. Webinar viewing will be available for those who cannot attend in person. Please note that the registration process has changed to accommodate in person attendance and Zoom webinar viewing. 

All seminars are free of charge, but in person attendance is limited to 60 individuals and will require pre-registration. 

A “Register to Attend This Seminar In Person” button is provided underneath each seminar description below. You must submit a separate registration form for each seminar you plan to attend in person. We apologize for the inconvenience – this action is necessary to cap attendance at the 60-seat limit. You must use the Guest Fields on each registration form if you wish to reserve a second seat. A separate confirmation email, along with directions for in person attendance, will be sent to you for each seminar you register to attend. Attendees must present a printed or digital copy of their registration confirmation email when they arrive on campus to attend in person

We are also pleased to continue offering Zoom webinar viewing for those who cannot attend in person. The “Register to Attend Webinars via Zoom” hyperlink, also included below, allows guests to sign up for any, some, or all of the seminars offered in this series. Zoom participants only need to fill out and submit this form once

If you plan to attend some seminars in person and some seminars via Zoom webinar, please submit a corresponding In Person Registration for each seminar you plan to attend at our campus, and a single Zoom Webinar Registration for those you plan to attend remotely.

Fall 2022 S4C Series

We are pleased to continue offering Zoom webinar viewing for the Science for the Community seminar series. Please submit a single webinar registration form for all seminars you wish to participate in remotely via Zoom Webinar.

 Register to Attend Webinars via Zoom

Crabs in Crisis Again? Current and Future Challenges in Managing Blue Crab

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Presented by Dr. Tom Miller

The 2022 surveys for blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay continue to give cause for concern. In this lecture we will explore what we know about blue crab in the Chesapeake, what might be causing the patterns we observe and what we can do in response


Hanging On by a Scute: Maryland’s Sturgeon up a Creek

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Presented by Dr. Dave Secor

Sturgeons coexisted with dinosaurs, and survived asteroid blasts and glacial eras. The conundrum of sturgeon is that despite their evolutionary resilience, they are particularly sensitive to human impacts. In this seminar, Dr. Dave Secor will introduce how Atlantic sturgeon, once thought to be extinct in Maryland, were re-discovered as a small relict population in the Marshyhope Creek (Eastern Shore). He will also discuss the threats, such as a large salmon factory, that jeopardize the recovery of this endangered species.


Fear for the Turtle? Climate Change and Maryland’s Diamondback Terrapins

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Presented by Dr. Chris Rowe

Learn about Maryland’s state reptile and the challenges it faces as the climate continues to warm. Based on recent and ongoing studies, Dr. Chris Rowe will discuss how nest temperatures affect terrapins during development and how sea level rise is threatening the critical habitats that terrapins depend on throughout their lives.


Long Time, No Sea: Bottlenose Dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Presented by Jamie Testa

Chesapeake DolphinWatch launched its app in 2017 to engage Bay residents and visitors in a research program studying when dolphins visit Chesapeake Bay and where they go. Since then, the DolphinWatch team has gathered incredible information on dolphin presence, distribution, and behavior in our estuary. In this seminar, Project Coordinator Jamie Testa will discuss the research findings from the first 5 years of DolphinWatch, how graduate students at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory are advancing dolphin research in Chesapeake Bay, and future plans for the research.

In person registration for "Long time, no sea"

Chesapeake Reflections: What We’ve Learned During the Past 50 Years and Where We Need to Go in the Future

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Presented by Dr. Walter Boynton

Dr. Walter Boynton, Professor Emeritus at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, is an internationally recognized expert in estuarine science and restoration. Throughout his career, he has experienced the pleasures and challenges of trying to better understand how these wonderful estuaries work, what causes serious degradation to water quality and habitats and what we might expect from past and continuing restoration efforts. In this seminar, Dr. Boynton will use examples from the past 50 years of his career to bring these important issues to life

In person registration for "Chesapeake Reflections"

Watch Videos of Past Science for Communities Seminars

Couldn't make it to a seminar you were interested in? Want to revisit a seminar you attended to learn more? You can watch live-quality videos of most of our past seminars on our Science for Communities video page.

Science for Communities Seminars are graciously sponsored by:

Toyota of Southern Maryland