Tag: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Spying on Whales

smithsonian environmental research centerWe think of whales as icons of the sea, but the first whales were certainly not like the ones that you see today: They lived on land, had four legs, and were the size of a dog. How do we know about the deep past of whales, and what does that tell us about how evolution works? In the finale of SERC’s 2020 Earth Optimism series, get a closer look with Nick Pyenson, author of Spying on Whales and curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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smithsonian environmental research centerflock of birds in flightBirds and bird watching have become popular international topics these past months. In the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s September webinar, Scott Sillett of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will provide an update on the latest research and outreach about migratory birds in eastern North America: climate change, space-based bird tracking, and sustainable consumer choices.

A recording of this webinar will be available for 14 days after the live talk.

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cafe scientifiqueJoin Cafe Scientifique for this presentation by Dr. Allison M. Tracy, Community Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).
Trees, oysters, and corals create homes for an impressive number of species by building habitat in the form of forests and reefs as they grow. They are known as foundation species because of their central role in creating ecosystems and supporting biodiversity. Unfortunately, foundation species face a number of threats that are challenging to manage, including climate change, invasive species, and infectious disease. This talk will focus on the role of infectious disease in habitat conservation using real world examples from terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Dr. Tracy is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where she studies oyster reef ecology in the Chesapeake Bay. Her research focuses on marine ecology, conservation, and infectious disease in wildlife. She completed her PhD at Cornell University where she studied immunity and infectious disease on coral reefs in Puerto Rico.
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smithsonian environmental research centerhistoric annapolis logoThe Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Historic Annapolis present this story is about strategic location on a great estuary, human interactions with rich natural resources, and the founding history of the United States.

It is an evolving story built around the science of archaeology and the inferences of oral and written history for the 2,650-acre campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), five miles south of Annapolis and 25 miles east of Washington, DC. It relies upon volunteer citizen scientists who have been piecing together a fabric of place and time that is entirely local, yet it forms a quilt of context for America today.

The story extends back 3,000 years to the earliest people who gathered oysters from the Bay and developed an elaborate culture here, and it continues to the present with surprising new discoveries almost weekly.

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smithsonian environmental research centerPresented by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. Three experts from cities on the East and West Coasts of the United States will share stories and ideas about how coastal communities can build resiliently in the face of sea level rise. Join for an evening of cross-country dialogue, with built-in time for audience questions.
Zoe Johnson, Co- Chair, Annapolis City Dock Resiliency Workgroup
Jason Toft, University of  Washington
Chela Zabin, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) – San Francisco Branch
Kristen Minogue, SERC
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smithsonian environmental research centerGet inspired with ideas to make your garden even more environmentally friendly, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s next Earth Optimism lecture/webinar with Master Gardener Cyrena Simons.

cyrena simonsShe will share tips from the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener Bay-Wise Program, which strives to improve land and waterways by managing our yards in an eco-conscious way. Bay-wise gardening can take less work and less money, while attracting birds and butterflies to your garden. Cyrena will also share resources for getting free help with gardening questions. While this talk will focus on examples from the Chesapeake, the Master Gardener Program has connections with state universities across the country.

Register online to watch the live Zoom webinar on June 16, 7pm Eastern. Can’t watch live? Register anyway, and SERC will email you a link shortly after the talk so you can view it on demand.

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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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