Learn about the environment with experts by the harbor
The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) at the Inner Harbor hosts a Fall into Science lecture series on first Tuesdays this fall. The evenings begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a talk with leading scientists at 6 p.m. at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, 701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore. Lectures are free and open to the public. Visit www.imet.usmd.edu for details.
“The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology’s fall lecture series is a great way to introduce to the public to the innovative science that is changing lives, right here alongside the Inner Harbor,” said Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology Director Russell Hill.
The Ecology of Baltimore Harbor: Using Community Science to Illuminate Hidden Biodiversity
Eric Schott, associate research professor, University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science
Charmaine Dahlenburg, director of field conservation, National Aquarium
In the 1970s, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was transformed from an obsolete hub of commerce and transportation into a domain of waterfront attractions with venues such as the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium. This introduced a vision of the harbor as a scenic aquatic backdrop and raised expectations for the water to be healthy. In 2011, this expectation was elevated by the Waterfront Partnership’s “Swimmable Fishable by 2020” campaign.
Now, the focus on the harbor deepens once more with an appreciation for the marine organisms within it and how they reveal the harbor’s connections to the ocean. Hear how a coalition of academics, students, and citizen scientists are using visual and genetic methods to explore the abundance and diversity of life beneath the murky water of the Inner Harbor.
“Paris to Pittsburgh: the Climate for Change is Now" film screening and panel discussion
Matt Fitzpatrick, climate scientist, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Nadia Nazar, founder and co-executive director, Zero Hour
From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Directed by Emmy Award winner Sidney Beaumont and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio, the film explores the social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters, from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines. The film features voices from local leaders as well as everyday Americans presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Other locations featured in the film include Puerto Rico, California, Iowa, Florida and New Jersey.
INSTITUTE OF MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY
The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) is a joint University System of Maryland institute that conducts research to help protect and restore coastal marine systems and their watersheds and improve human health. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County are partner universities.