Press Releases

Chesapeake Bay: Larger-than-average summer 'dead zone' forecast for 2018 after wet spring

June 18, 2018
Ecologists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the University of Michigan are forecasting a larger-than-average Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" in 2018, due to increased rainfall in the watershed this spring.

Overall Chesapeake Bay health improves as a whole for first time

June 15, 2018
For the first time since the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Bay Report Card scores have been calculated, the positive trajectory that was reported in recent years is now statistically significant. This is important evidence that the positive trend in ecosystem health is real, and that efforts to improve conditions in the Bay are working. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C grade (54%) in the 2017 report card, one of the highest scores calculated. Punctuating this news is the improved A+ (95%) grade for fish populations.

OysterFutures stakeholders reach consensus

May 31, 2018
After a two-year process to find common ground on ways to improve oyster fishing practices and restoration in the Choptank and Little Choptank Rivers, the OysterFutures stakeholders reached consensus and submitted their recommendations to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Dr. Helen Bailey honored with President’s Award for Science Application

May 22, 2018
Dr. Helen Bailey, Associate Research Professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has been honored by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) with the President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science. She was recognized for her working to studying protected species in order to understand their movements and habitat use, and inform conservation and management.

UMCES celebrates fifth annual commencement ceremony May 15

May 16, 2018
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)’s fifth annual Commencement ceremony was held at its Horn Point Laboratory campus in Cambridge, Maryland, and featured Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, as keynote speaker.