Press Releases

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.

Rapid expansion of industrial farming in U.S. contributes to increased pollution, harmful algal blooms

September 10, 2020
A recent paper by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science phytoplankton ecologist Pat Glibert sheds light on the impacts of both crop and animal industrial farming in the United States on nutrient pollution.

Collaborative program by UMCES and ShoreRivers expands environmental education on the Eastern Shore

August 31, 2020
– ShoreRivers partnered with UMCES' Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) to create a five-day professional development summer workshop for 14 teachers, ranging from third grade through high school, from across the Eastern Shore, the start of a yearlong experience aimed at growing environmental education.