Overall Chesapeake Bay health improving for the first time

June 15, 2018
For the first time since the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Bay Report Card scores have been calculated, the positive trajectory that was reported in recent years is now statistically significant. This is important evidence that the positive trend in ecosystem health is real, and that efforts to improve conditions in the Bay are working. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C grade (54%) in the 2017 report card, one of the highest scores calculated. Punctuating this news is the improved A+ (95%) grade for fish populations

Legendary Chesapeake scientist Walter Boynton awarded Mathias medal

December 5, 2016
Walter Boynton, a fixture in the world of Chesapeake Bay science for more than 40 years, , received

Appalachian Laboratory

Located in the mountains of western Maryland, the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, scientists study the effects of land-use change on the freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems of the region, how they function in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and how human activity may influence their health and sustainability on local, regional, and global scales.
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Hungry planet requires more efficient use of nitrogen

November 23, 2015
The global population is expected to increase by two to three billion people by 2050, a projection raising serious concerns about sustainable development, biodiversity and food security. Given the world’s growing food demands, nitrogen fertilizer use is likely to increase. Using too much fertilizer, however, will lead to increased pollution of waterways and the air.

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.

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.

The Earth Ablaze

New York Times
August 8, 2018

Climate Change Threatens the Terrapin;

WYPR's On the Record
August 13, 2018


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