Chelsea Wegner receives prestigious graduate award for Arctic research

June 17, 2019
Ph.D. candidate Chelsea Wegner has been awarded a prestigious $25,000 graduate student research award from the North Pacific Research Board. One of only six awarded nationally, the award will allow her to continue and expand her study of the potential impact of the loss of ice algae on the Pacific Arctic food web.

All about the Bay: Exploring history, heritage, and habitat at the Chesapeake Studies conference

June 13, 2019
Earlier this month, several IAN team members attended the first annual Chesapeake Studies conference. This multidisciplinary conference was hosted at Salisbury University from June 5th to 7th, and was focused on the scholarly study of the Chesapeake region. It was an excellent opportunity for us to meet other Chesapeake Bay researchers, and to showcase some of IAN’s approaches for learning more about the Bay, engaging Bay stakeholders, and communicating Bay science.

Large ‘dead zone’ forecast for Chesapeake Bay after wet winter and spring

June 12, 2019
Ecologists are forecasting a large Chesapeake Bay “dead zone” in 2019 due to well-above-average river flows associated with increased rainfall in the watershed since last fall. The predicted volumes are larger than the summer 2018 dead zone and would be among the four largest in the past 20 years.

Popular dolphin tracker app is back for third year

June 10, 2019
The Chesapeake DolphinWatch app is back for the 2019 summer season with new features, including the ability to upload videos of dolphins spotted on the bay by citizen scientists. The Chesapeake DolphinWatch invites users to mark the location of dolphin sightings on a map of the Chesapeake and its tributaries so scientists can better understand where the dolphins are and where they go.

UMCES Researchers Win Coveted Cozzarelli Prize for SAV Research in Chesapeake Bay

June 6, 2019
The Cozzarelli Prize, a prestigious award recognizing excellence in scientific research, was awarded to UMCES very own Bill Dennison, Rebecca Murphy, and Jeremy Testa, lead author Jon Lefcheck (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), and their co-authors (listed below) for their study of human impacts on underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay. The prize recognizes 6 papers, selected by the editorial board of the  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, each year.