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.

You're Invited

Spring 2022 Dates: Every Tuesday from March 29th through April 26th
Fall 2022 Dates: TBA
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted
Cost: Free.
Where: Zoom Webinar
Pre-Registration Required: https://www.usmf.org/s4c/
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!


Spring 2022 Zoom Webinars

For the Spring 2022 series, Science for Communities seminars will focus on the important theme of "The Urban Ocean."  A FREE Science for Communities webinar will be presented every Tuesday at 7:00pm from March 29th through April 26th. Following each presentation, there will be a moderated question and answer session.

Register to Attend the Science for Communities Webinar Series 

World Harbour Project: Linking Urban Ocean Initiatives Around the Globe

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Presented by Dr. Judy O'Neil, UMCES Horn Point Laboratory

The “World Harbour Project” has created a global network of cities and linked research programs to investigate urban harbor health and ecosystem functioning. Launched in 2014 by Australia’s Sydney Institute of Marine Science, the program now includes 31 partners across the Pacific, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, including the U.S. In this talk, Dr. Judy O’Neil will explore UMCES’ role in the project in both Baltimore Harbor and New York. She will discuss how innovation and an increased understanding of shared values and threats are helping to achieve the project vision of building resilient and productive global ports and harbors.

Solutions to Ship Introductions of Invasive Species

Tuesday, April 05, 2022
Presented by Dr. Mario Tamburri, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Commercial ships transport over 80% of the world’s goods and materials and are fundamental to global economies. Unfortunately, large ocean-going ships are also, by far, the largest vector for the introduction and establishment of aquatic invasive species in coastal waters around the world, including the Chesapeake Bay. Invasive species, transported and released through both ships' ballast water and as biofouling organisms attached to ships’ submerged surfaces, can have significant impacts on various local economic, ecological, societal, and cultural resources. This presentation will discuss ships and invasive species, as well as CBL efforts to support wise regulations and effective innovations to solve the problem.

Metals in Urban Estuaries

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Presented by Dr. Andrew Heyes, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Contamination of the Chesapeake Bay and its waters extends beyond nutrients. Organic chemicals, “heavy metals” and trace elements once readily flowed into our urban waters unfettered, a practice clearly evident in our coastal sediments. While at lower concentrations than in the past, heavy metals continue to enter our coastal waterways, and urban expansion and climate change further compound this problem. In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Heyes will explore how metals such as mercury, chromium, copper and zinc have, and continue, to enter our urban waters. Through an understanding of the behavior of these elements upon arrival in the Bay waters, he will discuss how they may or may not impact wildlife and how we utilize this resource.

The Keystone Molecule: What Oxygen and its Depletion Tells Us About Coastal Ecosystems

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Presented by Dr. Jeremy Testa, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Dissolved oxygen is a keystone molecule in aquatic environments. It is produced by photosynthesis to support food webs, it controls the recycling of key nutrients, and it is essential to the health and survival of most animals.  As a consequence, our understanding of oxygen is central to our understanding of coastal ecology. This presentation explores the role of oxygen in estuaries worldwide, and how its depletion due to pollution and climate change is expected to change in the future.

Urban Seascaping: Principles and Practices for Co-Developing Cities with Shared Waters

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Presented by Dr. Samia Rab Kirchner, Morgan State University

Climate adaptation science focuses on the assessment of sea force versus community values. In this webinar, Dr. Kirchner will present indigenous practices of managing land for water and heritage conservation from the Pacific Ocean, Arabia, and Persia. Dr. Kirchner will discuss the need to widen the approach taken by resource managers and scientists beyond individual discipline and expertise to work collaboratively in the nexus between Climate, Culture, and Civics.


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