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smithsonian environmental research center

On the eve of Earth Day, join SERC for a special lecture on how forests are shaping the planet. SERC forest ecologists Sean McMahon and Jess Parker will break down decades of forest research at SERC and across the U.S., and highlight the many ways forests are improving the health of our planet and its people.

The talk will be held in the Mathias Laboratory. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

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smithsonian environmental research centerInvasive species have been crossing to new shores in the hulls of ships, unseen, for centuries. But in the late 20th century, scientists and managers began discovering more of them inside the ballast water ships carry for balance. In this talk, SERC marine biologist Greg Ruiz will highlight some of the latest efforts to track and clean up ships’ ballast water and prevent future invasions.

The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

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smithsonian environmental research centerWhen it comes to cleaning up Chesapeake Bay, restoring streams has become an increasingly popular solution. But not all restorations work alike. SERC nutrient ecologist Tom Jordan will reveal where restorations are doing best, and what his team has learned from SERC’s own stream restoration on Muddy Creek.

The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

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smithsonian environmental research centerIn the kickoff lecture of the SERC 2020 Earth Optimism Lecture Series, Richard Bowen, the recycling program manager for Anne Arundel County, will answer questions about what can and can’t be recycled in the county and break down the different services the county offers to help residents recycle more effectively. Come get an inside look at what happens to the items we throw out. Can’t make the talk? Visit Anne Arundel County Recycling and Waste Reduction Division for more info on how to recycle more effectively.

The talk will be held in the Schmidt Conference Center. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

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SERC Science Saturday

smithsonian environmental research centerLearn about microbes that are invisible to the naked eye and how DNA is uncovering some of the Bay’s greatest secrets. Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists. No preregistration required. No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks. Free.

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Jane Lubchenco
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Spend an evening with marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In this talk, Dr. Lubchenco will highlight solutions that are already underway to create a healthier ocean, and reveal how our health and prosperity are tied to the ocean’s.

A dessert reception will be held at 6pm. The lecture begins at 7pm followed by a Q&A session.  Free and open to all.

because of her story logoThis project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

About Dr. Lubchenco: She is a world renowned environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, and government and is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists with society. Dr. Lubchenco was Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team.” She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and as the first U.S. State Department Envoy for the Ocean. Dr. Lubcheno is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the smithsonian environmental research centerenvironment and human well-being. To introduce her to his Senate colleagues for her confirmation hearing, Senator Ron Wyden called Lubchenco “the bionic woman of good science.” She currently serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University.

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Owl Net Project

smithsonian environmental research center

A Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Speaker: Melissa Acuti, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

No preregistation required. This talk will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center.

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SERC Science Saturday

smithsonian environmental research centerDiscover how the atmosphere interacts with land and water. Bring the family for a day of hands-on activities alongside Smithsonian scientists. No preregistration required. No food will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks. Free.

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smithsonian environmental research centerA Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Speaker: Jennifer Biddle, University of Delaware. She will discuss Horseshoe crabs, a species that has been inhabiting Delaware Bay for millions of years, but faces new threats from pollution, land use and climate change. However, invisible to the naked eye, an army of microbes has formed quiet partnerships with the crabs. In this talk, marine biologist Jen Biddle will explore world of horseshoe crabs and their microbes, and the clues these organisms hold for new medicines and the crabs’ changing place in the environment.

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SERC Public Tour

smithsonian environmental research centerExperience an insider’s view of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Learn about SERC’s long-term environmental research on marshes, trees, water quality, and the impacts of carbon dioxide on our land, water, and air. During your tour, you’ll walk across the marsh boardwalk and visit the beaver pond and weir, where scientists monitor stream pollution. You’ll also go inside the Mathias Lab, the Smithsonian’s first building to earn LEED-Platinum, the highest sustainability ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council. Tours are adult-oriented and will include walks on forest paths and marsh walkways. Proper footwear is required (no flip-flops). Not suitable for individuals with mobility issues. Limited to 10 people and require advance signup. *This tour is at capacity. If you wish to be added to a waitlist, please contact SERCPublictours@si.edu.
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