Press Releases

“Discovering the Chesapeake” YouTube series featuring Bay scientists continues throughout July

June 27, 2017
This summer, we’re deepening our understanding of Chesapeake Bay through the eyes and stories of our faculty and students at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Our weekly YouTube video series called “Discovering the Chesapeake” features our scientists and the research that sets them apart. Throughout the summer, you can visit the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s page on YouTube every Monday at noon for a new episode.

Larger summer ‘dead zone’ predicted for Chesapeake Bay

June 14, 2017
Scientists expect this year’s summer Chesapeake Bay hypoxic or “dead zone”—an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life—will be larger than average, approximately 1.89 cubic miles. This is due to spring rainfall amounts in New York and Pennsylvania that led to an above average Susquehanna River nitrogen load (81.4 million pounds) to the Chesapeake Bay this spring.

President Boesch earns governors' citation for work in Chesapeake Bay

June 8, 2017
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science President Don Boesch received a Maryland governor’s citation for his role advancing science for the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Gov. Larry J. Hogan Jr. presented the retiring president with the honor alongside Virginia Gov. Terence R. McAuliffe during an annual meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Executive Council meeting at the State House on, June 8.

Discover the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed this summer with UMCES scientists

May 30, 2017
Starting Monday, June 5, discover the Bay through the eyes of our scientists with a new YouTube series called “Discovering the Chesapeake.” Our scientists will talk about research studies they’re proud of and the impact they made, popular and oft-overlooked creatures that live in the Bay, and even the marvels of the Bay that have impacted them after years of research in the Chesapeake Bay’s waters and watershed.

Scientists begin to unlock secrets of deep ocean color from organic matter

May 17, 2017
About half of atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed by ocean's phytoplankton through a process called photosynthesis. A large portion of biologically fixed carbon is formed by picocyanobacteria at the sea surface and then transported to the deep ocean. But what remains a mystery is how colored dissolved organic matter which originates from plant detritus (either on land or at sea) makes it into the deep ocean. A team of scientists has potentially found a viable marine source of this colored material.