Watershed Moments Community Learning Series
Learning lasts a lifetime.
As part of its commitment to public education, the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES-AL) offers free community presentations and events through its Watershed Moments Community Learning Series.
Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our friends in the community, Watershed Moments events will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please see below for more information on upcoming virtual events. Contact Rhonda Schwinabart at firstname.lastname@example.org with any event-related questions.
We've created a short introduction video for those who are less familiar with Zoom to help demonstrate what to expect in a Watershed Moments event on Zoom. Please click on the above right image to watch the video. For more information and support for Zoom please visit the Zoom website at https://zoom.us/.
May 2021 Virtual Events
Join us for an engaging talk on the Chesapeake DolphinWatch project and learn more about dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay and how you can help with ongoing research. Helen Bailey, a Research Associate Professor with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science based at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, founded the Chesapeake DolphinWatch project in 2017 to learn more about bottlenose dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay. As an important feature of the project, volunteers, also known as citizen scientists, report their dolphin sightings through the Chesapeake DolphinWatch mobile app and website. These reported sightings help Bailey and her team identify the best locations in the Bay to set up underwater microphones to record dolphins communicating, allowing researchers to learn more about how and where the dolphins find food and navigate the Bay. To date, the project team has received over 1,000 sighting reports per year, which have greatly improved our understanding about this protected species in the Bay.
Helen Bailey studies protected species in order to understand their movements and habitat use, and inform conservation and management. She has published 50 journal articles, specializing in marine mammals and sea turtles. She received her B.A. (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK, and her M.Sc. in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK. Dr. Bailey was awarded her Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen (UK) for her work on the habitat use of bottlenose dolphins. She subsequently studied the underwater sound levels and environmental impacts of offshore wind turbines on marine mammals. Dr. Bailey then received a National Research Council postdoctoral award to study migration pathways and hot spots of marine predators at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the Census of Marine Life’s Tagging of Pacific Predators project.
Registration for the event is required. To register, use the "REGISTER NOW" link below. Once registered, attendees will receive Zoom access information via email.
Rebekah Taylor, Where the Ticks Are: Mapping the location of pathogen-carrying ticks in western Maryland
March 2021 Virtual Event
Delicious is available for purchase online at the Princeton University Press website (https://press.princeton.edu/books). Use code DUNN for 30% off Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez’s Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human when you order on the Princeton University Press website. Offer is good through April 30th.
For those who may prefer to shop locally, copies are also available for purchase at Main Street Books in Frostburg, Maryland.