Community Learning

Online Seminars

UMCES offers opportunities to engage with our expert faculty online through free public seminars.


World Harbour Project: Linking Urban Ocean Initiatives Around the Globe

March 29, 2022
Presented by Dr. Judy O’Neil, 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. REGISTER

Solutions to Ship Introductions of Invasive Species

April 5, 2022
Presented by Dr. Mario Tamburri, 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. REGISTER

Metals in Urban Estuaries

April 12, 2022
Presented by Dr. Andrew Heyes, 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. REGISTER

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

April 5, 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. REGISTER

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

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. REGISTER