Press Releases

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.

Chancellor Caret appoints search committee for UMCES president

December 19, 2016
Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), today announced his appointment of the search and screening committee for the president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), one of the university system's 12 institutions.

Legendary Chesapeake scientist Walter Boynton awarded Mathias medal

December 5, 2016
Walter Boynton, a fixture in the world of Chesapeake Bay science for more than 40 years, , received the prestigious Mathias Medal to recognize his distinguished career.

New forecast tool helps ships avoid blue whale hotspots

November 29, 2016
SOLOMONS, MD (November 29, 2016)--Scientists have long used satellite tags to track blue whales along the West Coast, learning how the largest animals on the planet find enough small krill to feed on to support their enormous size. Now researchers from NOAA Fisheries, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Oregon State University have combined that trove of tracking data with satellite observations of ocean conditions to develop the first system for predicting locations of blue whales off the West Coast.