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Fear for the turtle

Christopher Rowe has spent 15 years working with the diamondback terrapin—the state reptile—but recently narrowed his focus to the effect of climate change on them because of the increasing threats they face.
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Scientists exploring life in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Since 2016, Tsvetan Bachvaroff and Eric Schott, two scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, have been running studies to learn about life concealed by the murky waters of the harbor. The scientists are working in collaboration with Maryland Sea Grant and the National Aquarium.
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Making a Maryland oyster

Geneticist Louis Plough of Horn Point Laboratory wants to breed an oyster that excels in low-salinity waters, such as those that characterize the Maryland part of Chesapeake Bay.
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Extracting new science from ancient pollen

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science are working to find and sequence DNA held within the ancient pollen of trees and compare it with what they find in the same species rooted on today’s landscape. By examining genes and isotopes held within these trees from the past and present, the scientists can draw better conclusions about how trees may respond to ongoing and future climate changes.
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Navigating new waters

Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have had a front-row seat to a changing climate and have in turn been sharing their experiences and discoveries through research papers, community presentations, and providing leadership in addressing international scientific challenges in the Arctic.
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Scientists fill key role in island restoration

UMCES scientists have been monitoring Poplar Island since 2003, shortly after the first marsh cell was planted and developed. UMCES works alongside Maryland Environmental Service on the ecosystem restoration project.
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