The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, (UMCES) roots extend back to 1925. Today, UMCES is mandated to conduct environmental research, education and service. Scientists are allocated to Maryland Sea Grant College or one of the three research labs located in Maryland. The Appalachian Laboratory is charged with conducting research on the structure of terrestrial and freshwater systems and the ecology of component species in the Upland regions of the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is located at the mouth of the Patuxent River on the Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The Horn Point Laboratory is located on the Choptank River with the numerous research projects on the ecology, physics, chemistry and examination of the ecosystem. The Maryland Sea Grant College is in partnership with NOAA and focuses on making the US a world leader in marine research and sustainable development. UMCES publishes newsletters, on-line news updates, journals and conducts educational seminars for the public. UMCES welcomes inquiries from the media.

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Large rockfish leave Chesapeake Bay to become ocean migrators

A new electronic tagging study of 100 Potomac River striped bass sheds light on rockfish migration in Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researchers found that when ...

Warming climate will impact dead zones in Chesapeake Bay

In recent years, scientists have projected increasingly large summer dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay, areas where there is little or no oxygen for living things like crabs and fish to thrive, even as long-term efforts to ...

Nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, is on the rise: study

Most of us know nitrous oxide as "laughing gas," used for its anaesthetic effects. But nitrous oxide (N2O) is actually the third most important long-lived greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. Nitrous oxide ...

Study offers new insights on impacts of crop trading in China

Feeding the world's growing population is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. This challenge is particularly pressing in China, which has 22% of the world's population but only 7% of the global cropland. Synthetic ...

Research cruise explores carbon cycle in deep ocean in Atlantic

A University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-led research cruise leaves for the deep Atlantic Ocean 50 miles southeast of Bermuda on Monday for a week of science at sea aboard the 171-foot R/V Atlantic Explorer. ...

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