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January 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: How to Recycle More and Recycle Right

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

In 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…

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February 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: The Science of Restoring a Stream

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

When 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. Details | Information about all the lectures in the series

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March 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: Global Trade, Ballast Water and Invasive Species on Ships

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

Invasive 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. Details | Information about…

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April 2020

Earth Optimism Lecture: Stories From Four Decades of Forest Science

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD United States

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. Details | Information about all the lectures in the series

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