New study finds that bacteria on marine sponges can develop capacity to move and inhibit biofilm formation

September 6, 2012
A new study shows that when enough bacteria get together in one place, they can make a collective decision to grow an appendage and swim away.

Scientists find key to vegetarian diet for fish raised in aquaculture

August 29, 2012
As warning bells clang about the decline of ocean fisheries and contaminant levels in fish, scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found the key to raising some marine fish on a vegetarian diet. The study found that cobia—a fast-growing fish well-adapted to commercial aquaculture—can grow just as well on a plant-based diet as a diet of fishmeal, as long as the essential amino acid taurine is added to the mix.

Russell Hill appointed director of Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

August 16, 2012
Russell Hill has been appointed director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET).

NOAA Scholarship awarded to Jan Vicente to study the impact of ocean acidification on marine sponges

June 12, 2012
The world's corals are at risk of disintegrating thanks to increasingly acidic ocean waters, but what about the sponges? Graduate student Jan Vicente at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology has been awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prestigious Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship to find out.

Environmental leaders gather to discuss Chesapeake Bay and human health

May 14, 2012
Maryland scientists and environmental leaders gathered to discuss the Chesapeake Bay and human health at a statewide symposium. The event brings together leading scientists from the University System of Maryland and policy makers from State and federal agencies to address critical problems in the Bay related to human health, such harmful algal blooms and toxic substances in the Bay.