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UMCES recognizes outstanding faculty and research support staff at Commencement

May 29, 2020
Each year, UMCES gives awards for outstanding faculty accomplishments at Commencement. This year, Mike Wilberg received the President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science for his work on oyster research and communication, Matt Fitzpatrick was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award by graduate students, and Janet Barnes received the first-ever President's Award for Outstanding Research Support.

UMCES celebrates first virtual commencement ceremony May 29

May 29, 2020
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)’s seventh annual Commencement ceremony was held virtually for the first time this year, and featured Lisa Palmer, award-winning environmental and science journalist and author of the book “Hot, Hungry Planet,” as keynote speaker.

Professor Matt Gray on the filtration capabilities of oysters

May 20, 2020
Oysters are filter feeders that can help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, right? Many have seen the various web videos showing a dozen or so bivalves clearing a murky fish tank in just an hour. But are they such ecological superheroes that each one can siphon 50 gallons of water in a day? Is it true? Well, yes, but not so much in the real world, according to Matthew Gray, a scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory.

Chesapeake Bay Health score decreased in 2019

May 19, 2020
For the first time, Chesapeake Bay watershed health was scored as part of the 2019 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Report Card issued today by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). The overall Chesapeake watershed scored a B- grade for 2019. The Chesapeake Bay health score decreased in 2019, dropping from a grade of C to a C-.

Faculty Spotlight: An interview with Dr. Jamie Pierson

May 19, 2020
Just prior to all non-essential faculty and staff being ordered to work from home back in mid-March, Communications Specialist David Ferraris had a chance to sit down with Dr. Jamie Pierson in what has become the first in a series of faculty interviews.