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Cancelled - Spring 2020 Seminar Series

Due to escalating concerns relating to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are canceling the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory's Spring 2020 Science for Citizens Seminar Series out of an abundance of caution for our visitors and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science community.

Seminars that had been scheduled for the Spring 2020 Science for Citizens seminar series will be rescheduled for the Fall 2020 series.


Join us at the oldest state-supported marine lab on the East Coast to learn about innovative research being pioneered by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, where faculty and graduate students are developing new approaches to solving the environmental management problems facing Calvert County, our nation, and the world. Each Science for Citizens seminar will be presented by an UMCES scientist and will inform the public about a featured research effort.

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Spring Dates: Cancelled
Fall Dates: To be announced
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted
Where: CBL’s Bernie Fowler Lab, 142 Williams Street, Solomons, MD 20688. View a campus map.
Cost: Free. No pre-registration necessary. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who: Members of the general public. No scientific background needed; everyone is welcome!
Why: Learn something new and interesting while celebrating science on scenic Solomons Island

Cancelled - Spring 2020 Seminar Series

Seminars that had been scheduled for the Spring 2020 Science for Citizens seminar series have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the Fall 2020 series.

March 31, 2020 - Rescheduled, Date TBA
Reducing Plastic Waste and Pollution
Presented by Dr. Helen Bailey
We’re all used to disposal plastic, but some of it ends up in our streams, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and ultimately the ocean, harming the wildlife and sealife. CBL scientists partnered with restaurants on Solomons Island and with the Calvert and St. Mary’s County Public Middle Schools to work together on reducing plastic waste and pollution. In this talk, Dr. Bailey will explain how businesses are “making the switch” from common single-use, petroleum-based plastics to alternative products, how scientists are working with schools, and how YOU can help! 

April 7, 2020 - Rescheduled, Date TBA
Patuxent River Research Cruises: Building on a scientific & educational legacy
Presented by Dr. Ryan Woodland
As natural and human pressures in the Chesapeake Bay region evolve, understanding how these conditions affect the Bay’s ecosystems is critical for proper management of this unique estuary. In 2018, CBL developed the Patuxent River Research Cruise Program (PAX) to build our scientific knowledge of the Patuxent River ecosystem while helping to train the next generation of coastal scientists. This seminar will highlight the history of estuarine research and education on the Patuxent, describe how PAX builds on this legacy, and present preliminary findings generated since the start of the program.

April 14, 2020 - Rescheduled, Date TBA
Oyster Aquaculture: A boon, competition or neutral for restoration and fishing
Presented by Dr. Tom Miller
The Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have committed to restoring 10 Bay Tributaries by 2025 - and seem to be on a path to achieve this goal.  During this time oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake has quietly expanded to a point where its yield will soon rival natural harvests.  But this growth has not been without concern and controversy, sometimes pitting different stakeholder groups against one another.  This talk will explore what is involved in aquaculture, examine opportunities and conflicts and examine possible future trajectories.

April 21, 2020 - Rescheduled, Date TBA
Decades of Change in the Patuxent River and its Tributary Companions
Presented by Dr. Jeremy Testa
The Patuxent River estuary has been changing for centuries, but we only have relatively detailed information on the ecology of the river over the most recent decades. In annual reports of the overall ‘health’ of the River, the Patuxent consistently receives poor grades, despite extensive restoration efforts. During this seminar, discover how recent monitoring in the Patuxent and its many small tributary companions has helped to reveal some of the mysteries of this river estuary.

April 28, 2020 - Rescheduled, Date TBA
The CBL Pier Seine Survey: Generations of wading students in CBL’s backyard
Presented by Dr. Dave Secor
In an era of telecommunications and remote sensing, we can lose sight of what is right in front of us. Wading for over 20 years into waters at our doorstep, the combined effort of hundreds of students has produced the single most intensive seine survey in the Chesapeake Bay. In turn, we have learned much about how climate forcing affects the comings and goings of fishes and crabs.

Watch Videos of Past Science for Citizens 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 our past seminars on our Science for Citizens video page.

Science for Citizens seminars are graciously sponsored by:

PNC Bank

Toyota of Southern Maryland