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Our trails are open Monday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m., with the exception of federal holidays.

Evening Lectures
Learn about the natural world every third Tuesday of the month, and talk to the scientists face-to-face. Our next lecture starts at 7 on July 21.

Citizen Science
Work with our scientists in the field or the lab, and join us in making discoveries.

Shorelines Blog

Shorelines Newsletter

Pollution Weakens Mangroves Against Hurricanes

Mangrove trees are masters at protecting coastal homes from hurricanes. But excess nutrients, which usually help them grow larger, are also making them weaker, something SERC ecologist Candy Feller discovered when two hurricanes ripped through her experiments in Florida. (Image: Anne Chamberlain)

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News and Research

Chesapeake Oysters Discovered in Panama

Image: Oyster pilings in Panama (Credit: Kristina Hill-Spanik)

A Smithsonian expedition to the tropics and new DNA research revealed two hidden oyster species in the Caribbean waters of the Panama Canal.
(Photo: Kristina Hill-Spanik)


Mangroves Divided on Journey North

Image: Blue Crab Basket (Credit: SERC).

With fewer winter cold snaps, Florida's mangrove trees are pushing north. But they aren't moving in sync. Black mangroves have a commanding lead over their red and white cousins, so a team of Smithsonian scientists trekked through the swamps to figure out why.


Two New Marine Species Discovered
in Portugal

Meet the newest members of the bryozoan world, discovered by SERC research associate João Canning-Clode and his colleagues in the Madeira Islands.
(Photo: Patricio Ramalhosa)


Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Thursday, July 09, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Can we control rising atmospheric CO2 and global warming?"

--Saturday, July 11, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Trip"

--Thursday, July 16, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Decay activity and fruiting phenology of wood-inhabiting fungi in a mid-Atlantic forest"

--Tuesday, July 21, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"Wetlands. Vs. Rising Seas: Who's Winning in the Climate of the Future?"

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