Press Releases

UMCES commits to generating solar energy on Horn Point campus

April 10, 2017
Solar renewable energy will soon be generated in Cambridge, Maryland on the grounds of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). UMCES has signed an agreement with Standard Solar, Inc. to install solar field on approximately 10 acres of its Horn Point Laboratory campus. The solar field will be a 2MW system with expected approximate annual generation of 3.5 MWh of solar renewable energy.

Climate change reveals itself through shifts in Maryland weather

April 3, 2017
If you’ve noticed that when it rains these days, it really pours—you’re right. The Chesapeake region receives about 4.5 inches more of rain per year than it did a century ago. This is what climate change looks like. Scientists Victoria Coles and Raleigh Hood of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have spent the past two years working to help the public visualize how much climate in the Chesapeake Bay region has changed during their lifetimes.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science launches new website

March 6, 2017
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), a leading research and educational institution working to understand and manage the world’s resources, launches a newly redesigned website this week at to provide easy access to our research, resources, expertise, and educational programs

Nutrient Sensor Challenge winners announced at ASLO conference

March 3, 2017
The winners of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge were announced at a special awards session at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography Aquatic Sciences (ASLO) meeting in Hawaii, March 2. Launched in December 2014, the Nutrient Sensor Challenge aimed to accelerate the development, production, and use of affordable, reliable, and accurate nutrient sensors.

Scientists map evolution of dinoflagellates for first time

January 5, 2017
A group scientists have used new genetic sequencing data to understand how an ancient organism that lived alongside the dinosaurs has evolved over millions of years. A four-year effort by a genetic research team from a dozen universities has uncovered for the first time the biology and evolution of dinoflagellates, tiny but complex organisms primarily known as marine plankton.