Press Releases

Disappearing Alaskan sea ice is significant for Arctic marine ecosystem

April 22, 2020
A new study shows that plant materials originating in Arctic sea ice are significantly incorporated into marine food webs that are used for subsistence in local communities of the greater Bering Strait region.

Fishing pressure results in faster Atlantic menhaden growth

April 9, 2020
New research suggests that large-scale environmental factors influence the size of one of the ocean's most abundant forage species, menhaden.

Impacts of Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise, and Coastline Management for Chesapeake Bay

April 9, 2020
The recently published work of two oceanographers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) displays how ocean warming, sea level rise, and the hardening of shorelines will lead to increased storm surges for Baltimore and other larger cities.

NSF award supports UMCES-led coalition to study climate change strategies for nation’s estuaries and bays

January 30, 2020
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a coalition of scientists from around the country to study the impact of storms, sea-level rise, and climate change on estuaries and bays.

Marine life, fisheries increasingly threatened as the ocean loses oxygen

December 16, 2019
Scientists warn that the loss of oxygen from the world’s ocean is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems.