Alyson Santoro Awarded Sloan Grant for Archaea Research

February 25, 2015
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York announced on February 23 that Dr. Alyson Santoro, a faculty member of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory, was among the winners of the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships. Santoro’s research focuses on archaea—microbes in the ocean about which very little is known.Unknown Object

UMCES Scientists to Study Water Quality Consequences of Susquehanna River Sediments and Nutrients

February 18, 2015
A team of scientists at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is beginning a two-year study to quantify the amount of sediment and associated nutrients present in major entry points to the Lower Susquehanna River Reservoir System and the upper Chesapeake Bay.

Nutrients that Feed Red Tide in Gulf of Mexico “Under the Microscope” in Major Study

November 6, 2014
The “food” sources that support Florida red tides are more diverse and complex than previously realized, according to five years’ worth of research on red tide and nutrients published recently as an entire special edition of the scientific journal Harmful Algae.

Oyster restoration team gets national attention

November 5, 2014
The oyster culture facility at Horn Point Laboratory has been gaining national attention for its work to grow oyster for Chesapeake Bay restoration. Kudos to Hatchery Manager Mutt Meritt and his team, who were featured on Mike Rowe's Somebody's Gotta Do It on CNN, as well as a National Geographic feature on oyster gardening and a hope for a cleaner Bay.

Underwater grass comeback bodes well for Chesapeake

September 2, 2014
The Susquehanna Flats, a large bed of underwater grasses near the mouth of the Susquehanna River, virtually disappeared from the upper Chesapeake Bay after Tropical Storm Agnes more than 40 years ago. However, the grasses mysteriously began to come back in the early 2000s. Today, the bed is one of the biggest and healthiest in the Bay, spanning some 20 square miles. A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory explores what’s behind this major comeback.