UMCES partners with Southeast Michigan watershed organizations to produce environmental report card

April 16, 2024
Five Southeast Michigan river and watershed organizations, in partnership with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, released a suite of socio-environmental report cards. This effort integrates social, economic, and environmental data to provide a holistic view of the current state of the Clinton, Detroit, Huron, River Raisin, and Rouge rivers.

Earth’s estuaries are warming, consistent with climate change

April 8, 2024
Estuaries are critical natural environments to many marine species, so ensuring these ‘nurseries’ thrive is essential to environmental health and many local economies. Due to ongoing climate change, estuary temperatures are warming, which could negatively impact these habitats. Most estuaries, however, lack surface water temperature data, which is needed to study the sensitivity of these systems to warming water temperatures. To that end, a team of scientists at UMCES and the University of Pittsburgh developed a database for 1,060 estuaries around the world. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

UMCES scientists on the ecological impact of the Key Bridge collapse and recovery

April 2, 2024
On March 27, the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed after being struck by a tanker. The 1.6-mile structure lies in the Patapsco River, closing the Port of Baltimore, one of the nation’s busiest ports. What is the environmental impact of this disaster? How will cleanup and rebuilding impact the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay? Faculty at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) work every day to help state and federal lawmakers and agencies understand questions like these.

UMCES remembers professor and entomologist Dan Harman

March 27, 2024
Dr. Harman was known for his work on the locust borer, a serious pest on eastern black locust timber tree, and his collaboration with colleagues in fisheries and wildlife at UMCES’ Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland.

Summer Professional Learning Experience Planned for Maryland Teachers

March 8, 2024
In summer 2024, Appalachian Laboratory Associate Professor Dr. Emily Cohen and Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Claire Nemes, along with Dr. Mary Stapleton of the Towson University Center for STEM Excellence, will offer a unique summer workshop experience for Maryland middle and high school teachers.