Press Releases

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.

Chesapeake Bay Report Card shows steady Bay health recovery

May 8, 2017
The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2016, a positive sign that recovery efforts are working. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C grade (54%) in the 2016 report card, one of the highest scores calculated by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). In addition, fish populations greatly improved to an A (90%). Scientists are encouraged by these improvements in health despite many pressures on the Chesapeake Bay and across the watershed.

Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms

May 5, 2017
A new study is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be affected by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland.

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology invites public to Open House, Saturday, May 6

May 2, 2017
Have you ever wondered what happens in that unusual building with the tent-like roof at the Inner Harbor? Science happens! The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology opens it doors to the public for a free Open House on Saturday, May 6, 1-4 p.m. to share the research that is happening at the harbor’s edge. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids all ages, meet our scientists, and discover how work being done in Baltimore is helping to change the world.