Lost and Found: The historic role of oysters and new approaches to leveraging their ecosystem services
Assistant Professor Matthew Gray, Horn Point Laboratory
Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels Branch, 106 Fremont St., St. Michaels, MD
In Chesapeake Bay, historic oyster populations had enormous impact on ecosystem functions. However, these populations were decimated over the past century and their ecosystem services were lost. As stressors caused by human influence mount, the ecosystem services of oysters are needed more than ever. In this talk, Assistant Professor Matthew Gray describes how oysters and the services they provide can be leveraged to tackle serious environmental problems in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. This event is interactive and questions are encouraged.
The Chesapeake Bay and its rivers are the lifeblood of the Eastern Shore. While many easily recognize the natural beauty the Chesapeake Bay country offers, the Horn Point Laboratory offers “Science After Hours” to make the science of the Chesapeake Bay as accessible as its beauty.