OysterFutures project brings industry, managers together

February 1, 2017
With the fate of the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population in question, stakeholders ranging from watermen to environmentalists hope to look past any differences to reach a common goal—enhance the shellfish resource and fishery.

Science in the First Person: Jamie Pierson

January 30, 2017
“I study copepods, one of the smallest multicellular animals in the Chesapeake Bay. They are crustaceans, so they are related to crabs, but they eat mostly algae, or single-celled plants."

Global warming leaves oceans to suffocate

January 16, 2017
“Low oxygen areas in the ocean are expanding at an alarming rate and will affect fisheries and ecosystem diversity,” said Mike Roman. “It’s essential to look at problems that will occur the next decades and to advise governments on ways to coordinate research to solve them.”

Horn Point volunteers contribute to Bay research

January 2, 2017
Horn Point celebrates a year of volunteer work. Fifteen dedicated volunteers contributed 1,200 hours to Bay research at the Horn Point Laboratory in 2016. Essential tasks included feeding sturgeon and monitoring the water quality in their tank, sorting marsh grass by species and counting attached insect larvae, organizing an insect collection, counting phytoplankton under a microscope, and growing copepods in the lab.

Scientists partner with farmers and landowners to help reduce runoff

December 29, 2016
Tom Fisher and his UMCES team are working directly with farmers and residents on the Eastern Shore to measure the impacts of best management practices like cover crops and steam buffers on water quality.