Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Science for Citizens

Join us at the oldest state-supported marine lab on the East Coast to learn about innovative research being pioneered by Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) scientists.  As a part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), CBL 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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CBL's Science for Citizens Series Presents:

The Art and Science of Climate Change on the Coasts

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When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: CBL’s Bernie Fowler Lab, 142 Williams Street, Solomons, MD 20688.
Pre-registration is required: - SOLD OUT
Cost: Free.

Registration for the free The Art and Science of Climate Change on the Coasts event is sold out. Due to the limited space available in the meeting room, we are unable to accept additional registrations. Thank you for your interest in the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory!

During this free public seminar, Dr. Orrin Pilkey and Mary Edna Fraser will plan to reflect on their two books A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands, Columbia University Press, and Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press, in the time of sea level rise in America. 

There are 2,200 barrier island in the world, found  on every continent except Antarctica. These amazingly dynamic features make up about 10% of the worlds open ocean coastlines and are found from the tropics to the Arctic . The Persian Gulf Islands formed in a desert environment, the Colombian Pacific islands formed in a tropical rainforest environment and the barrier islands  of Siberia formed in the Arctic. America has by far the largest number (405) of such islands, many of which are popular tourist resorts. Each chain of islands is made up of different varieties of sediment, and is subjected to different types of waves and storm histories.. The barrier Islands of Iceland face some of the highest waves found in any of the worlds oceans while the islands along the Egyptian Nile Delta shore are subjected to small waves as a rule. All the islands went through similar histories of sea level change and most came to their present location and shape within the last 5,000 years and most are eroding today in response to sea level rise.” Orrin Pilkey.

This special event is presented as a part of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory's Science for Citizens seminar series. 

You're Invited

Spring Dates: March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, & April 23
Fall Dates: September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, & October 22
Time: 7 p.m. to 8 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

Fall 2019 Seminar Series

Information coming soon!

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