Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Science for Communities Seminars

At the oldest state-supported marine lab on the East Coast, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Chesapeake Biological Laboratory faculty, staff, and student scientists are developing new approaches to solving the environmental management problems facing Maryland, our nation, and our world.

Though our doors must remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, our Science for Communities webinar series invites you to learn about innovative research that continues to be pioneered at our lab from the comfort of your own home.

Beginning with our Fall 2021 series, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is rebranding our popular "Science for Citizens Seminar Series" as the "Science for Communities Seminar Series." In changing the title of this series, we hope to better represent UMCES’ commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity by emphasizing that all individuals are welcome to learn about our innovative research through this public program.

You're Invited

Fall 2021 Dates: Every Tuesday between September 28 and November 2
Spring 2022 Dates: TBA
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted
Cost: Free.
Where: Zoom Webinar
Pre-Registration Required:
A participation link will be sent to the email address you provide during registration.
Who: Members of the general public. No scientific background needed; everyone is welcome!

Fall 2021 Zoom Webinars

For the Fall 2021 series, Science for Communities seminars will focus on the important theme of Climate Change and Its Impacts. A FREE Science for Communities webinar will be presented every Tuesday at 7:00pm from September 28th through November 2nd. Following each presentation, there will be a moderated question and answer session.

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Climate Change 101

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Presented by Dr. Hali Kilbourne

You’ve heard the term climate change, but have you ever wondered how our climate is actually changing? How do we know humans are causing it? And, so what? Earth’s climate has always changed. If it is a serious problem, what do we do now?  Dr. Kilbourne will start with the basics and lay out the facts to help you better understand this growing issue.

Future Wildland Fire: Land Management and Climate Change

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Presented by Dr. Mark Cochrane, UMCES appalachian laboratory

Every year we seem to hear of more and more catastrophic wildfires burning here and abroad. The trend is real but the predicament that we face with future wildland fires is the result of both earlier land management actions and the growing influence of climate change. To adapt to changing conditions and mitigate the threats posed by future wildfires, a paradigm shift is needed in how societies view and manage wildfire.

Climate Impacts on Golden Tilefish: Past and Present

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Presented by Dr. Genny Nesslage

Golden tilefish is a large, bottom-dwelling marine fish that is particularly susceptible to climate change because it can tolerate only a very narrow range of temperatures. In 1882, millions of golden tilefish died in a sudden mortality event caused by an unusually strong influx of arctic water into the Mid-Atlantic. Since then, scientists have been fascinated with the relationship between ocean conditions and tilefish dynamics. In this seminar, Dr. Genny Nesslage will describe past and present research on the linkage between climate and trends in the golden tilefish fishery.

Photo by Lee Cooper

Climate Warming and the Changing Pacific Arctic Marine Ecosystem

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Presented by Dr. Jackie Grebmeier

The Bering and Chukchi Seas are undergoing dramatic sea ice reduction and warming conditions that are shifting the composition of bottom-dwelling prey for marine mammals, seabirds and commercial fish in the region. Field studies by CBL scientists are tracking ecosystem status and trends within the international Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) network. In this webinar, internationally recognized Arctic expert Dr. Jackie Grebmeier will share highlights of scientific findings from the rapidly changing Arctic.

Flooding along Elliotts Island Rd. in Dorchester County. Photo by Guy W. Willey Sr.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:  Ins, Outs, Demands & Frustrations of Serving as Lead Author of Working Group II

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Presented by Dr. Libby Jewett, NOAA

As part of a multi-year global climate change assessment process, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seeks to assess the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive impacts of climate change, and options for adapting to it.... But why should we believe what these scientists tell us? As lead author of Working Group II, Dr. Libby Jewett can shed light on the integrity and hard work, as well as the challenges, that are key to developing this high-profile report.  In this seminar, Jewett will discuss the rigorous process and extensive scientific review through which Working Group II’s report must pass prior to its expected release in 2022.

Risk Assessment in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Presented by Dr. Slava Lyubchich

Traditionally, long-term observations have been a key component in assessing the risks of weather-induced losses. However, most recent climate trends require the inclusion of future climate projections into the methods and models used to assess the risks. In this seminar, Dr. Slava Lyubchich will discuss how this step has important implications for building codes, pricing agricultural and home insurance.


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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:

PNC Bank

Toyota of Southern Maryland