Press Releases

Late-season Arctic research cruise reveals unseasonably warm ocean temperatures and active ecosystem

November 11, 2020
Arctic researchers Jacqueline Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have been visiting the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska for nearly 30 years. This year, a late-season research cruise revealed a surprise. At a time of year when an ice-breaking ship is usually required to get them to some of the data-gathering outposts, scientists found nothing but open water and an unusually active ecosystem.

U.S. coral reefs’ health assessed for the first time on a national scale

November 10, 2020
Coral reefs in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans received a “fair” score in the first-ever condition status report for U.S. coral reefs released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) today.

NSF-funded project looks at the influence of environmental quality on Chesapeake policy decisions

November 2, 2020
The impacts of congested roads, overdevelopment and farming practices on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay has been well-documented by researchers for decades. What is less understood is how a damaged environment shapes human responses. A four-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help researchers and water quality stakeholders predict how changes to environmental quality influence human behavior and policy decisions, and how those decisions impact quality of life throughout the bay.

Maryland loses pioneering Chesapeake Bay scientist Michael Kemp

October 27, 2020
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Professor Emeritus Michael Kemp, a pioneering ecosystems ecologist and world leader in conducting research on the ecology of estuaries, has passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

New study highlights importance of U.S. coastal habitats for migrating birds

October 7, 2020
A recently published research paper, led by UMCES' Emily Cohen, combines the two components of bird migration, passage (flight) and stopover (rest), into a new metric called the stopover-to-passage ratio.