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Event Date:  August 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm The Clean Air Act has helped Americans breathe easier and live healthier, contributing to a stronger economy and better quality of life. The Act has also helped protect our waters by reducing harmful oxidized nitrogen emissions. In this talk, the EPA’s Lewis Linker will outline some of the encouraging trends they've seen, including declining nitrogen. It's part of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Bay Optimism series, exploring what's working in Bay conservation and the search for environmental solutions. Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  August 16, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm "Managing Diverse Ecoysystems in the Modern World: A Saga of Ecosystem Restoration at Soldiers Delight" Speaker: Paula Becker, Maryland DNR When it comes to restoring an ecosystem, trees aren’t always the answer. Discover Soldiers Delight, a serpentine barren in Maryland that’s home to many rare plants and animals, and learn how the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a team of volunteers are working to restore it to a fully functioning grassland. Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  June 21, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Emerging diseases have been responsible for devastating global amphibian declines around the world. The deadly fungal disease chytridiomycosis has severely impacted about one-third of all tropical frogs. Join Smithsonian biologist Brian Gratwicke to hear a first-hand account of how scientists are creating a “Noah’s Ark” for vulnerable amphibians in Panama, and the race to find a cure for chytridiomycosis. Brian will also explore emerging threats closer to home and touch on the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s work in Appalachia, a global salamander biodiversity hotspot. Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

Smithsonian Science Talk: Conquest of Phragmites

Event Date:  May 17, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Learn about the natural world with the Smithsonian every third Tuesday of the month, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's free evening lecture series! Lectures begin at 7pm in the Schmidt Conference Center. Doors open at 6:30. No reservations necessary. May Lecture: Conquest of Phragmites: Why a Non-Native Reed Began Dominating Chesapeake Wetlands Speaker: Dr. Dennis Whigham Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

Smithsonian Evening Lecture: The United Oceans

Event Date:  November 17, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm "The United Oceans: Taking the Pulse of Coastal Biodiversity Around the World" Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  October 14, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm "Lessons Learned from Four Decades on the Bay" Join us for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's keynote 50th-anniversary evening lecture. Spend the evening with award-winning environmental journalist Tom Horton, and learn what he's discovered after 43 years covering the Bay: what's changed, what questions still need answers, and what it may ultimately take to save the Bay. The talk is free and open to all. A dessert reception in the Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory starts at 7pm, followed by the lecture at 8. Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  October 27, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Forage fishes are small, but abundant, fishes in Chesapeake Bay and other coastal waters. They are food for a multitude of predators, including striped bass, ospreys, and dolphins. The most abundant forage fish in the Bay is the Atlantic menhaden, which supports the Bay’s biggest fishery. CBL scientist Ed Houde will discuss forage fishes, their management, and implications for ecosystem-based management of fisheries. All seminars are free and open to the public. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Location Chesapeake Biological Laboratory 142 Williams St., Solomons, MD 20688 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  October 20, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Low-oxygen areas, often referred to as “Dead Zones” in the popular media, are unwelcome yet common features of estuaries worldwide that have generally expanded in space and time during the past century. We invite you to a presentation describing the rich history of research related to the “Dead Zone” in Chesapeake Bay, with an emphasis on new insights into what controls the size of the dead zone, how its size has varied in past, and what we should expect in future decades. All seminars are free and open to the public. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Location Chesapeake Biological Laboratory - Bernie Fowler Laboratory 142 Williams St., Solomons, MD 20688 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  September 29, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Oysters are iconic of both the Chesapeake Bay and our efforts to restore it to a healthy state. Efforts have focused on restoring entire reefs or establishing reserves to restore their ecological function and to support fisheries. Others have worked in developing aquaculture. An alternative being explored in the Potomac River is to use waterman cooperatives who buy “shares” in an oyster program that will plant triploid oysters in the river that will be available for harvest by shareholders after two years. Could this be the future of the oyster fishery? Location Chesapeake Biological Laboratory - Bernie Fowler Laboratory 142 Williams St., Solomons, MD 20688 United States See map: Google Maps

Science for Citizens "Can We Climate Proof Our Insurance?"

Event Date:  October 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm One of aspects of climate change is the escalating frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. CBL scientists have been studying precipitation thresholds that trigger an increased number of house insurance claims, and how many more days with such extreme precipitation we can expect to see in the future. In this seminar, Dr. Slava Lyubchich will show the results from statistical models that forecast how the future insurance risks might change based on alternative climate scenarios. All seminars are free and open to the public. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Location Chesapeake Biological Laboratory - Bernie Fowler Laboratory 142 Williams St., Solomons, MD 20688 United States See map: Google Maps