Six Summer Talks explore the science of the waters around us

May 12, 2023

As part of their 50th anniversary, the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) is hosting a series of six Summer Talks.  Beginning June 20 these Tuesday talks will run weekly (except July 4th), from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  "We are excited to bring our latest science to the Cambridge community and to share what we are learning about the natural world around us." shared Director, Mike Sieracki.  With slides and conversation, faculty members will share their research on a variety of topics to explore the science of the waters that surround us.  HPL is partnering with the High Spot, in Cambridge, to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.  Come early and come hungry and thirsty.  Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the High Spot’s gastro pub grub is ½ price and drinks are $2.00 off! 

  • Tues. June 20: Mike Sieracki  Horn Point Lab 50th anniversary: Past, present and future of science in Dorchester County
  • Tues. June 27: Ming Li  Impact of climate change on coastal flooding in the Dorchester Country: Sea level rise and warming oceans increase the risk of coastal flooding in low-lying areas on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
  • Tues. July 11: Cindy Palinkas  Living shorelines: using the power of nature to protect our coasts
  • Tues. July 18: Stephanie Alexander  A Virtual Tour of the UMCES Horn Point Oyster Hatchery. Learn how the UMCES Horn Point Oyster Hatchery produces oyster larvae, seed and spat on shell for restoration, private aquaculture, and public fishery activities in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • Tues. July 25: Jamie Pierson  From Plankton to Plastics: the Chesapeake under a microscope. Meet the tiniest creatures in our local waterways, and learn how they are connected to our everyday lives. 
  • Tues. August 1: Greg Silsbe  Environmental Remote Sensing: How scientists use satellites to monitor the Earth. This talk explores the theory, opportunities and challenges of monitoring environmental change from earth-observing satellites.

Come hungry to learn about marine science of local and national interest and to get your fill of the High Spot’s good eats and cool drinks!  Talks are Free! Registration is encouraged as the space for each talk is limited to 30 people.

To Register:
Questions, please contact Carin Starr at or 410-221-8408.