Every year, cownose rays arrive in Chesapeake Bay after a 900-mile migration from Florida. But are these creatures charismatic swimmers or shellfish-eating pests? This summer, SERC ecologists have been tagging the rays to track their migration and how they group together, and to help uncover what their presence means for the Chesapeake.
News and Research
Greenland's melting glaciers could make the ocean more vulnerable to acidification. Armed with a small piece of SERC technology, two sailors embarked on a 100-day journey to unexplored waters. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
Arriving in the 1800s, the invasive Phragmites australis reed sat quietly until the 1980s, when its numbers exploded with no warning. Scientists didn't know what caused the sudden boom until a new DNA study revealed clues.
(Photo: Rebekah Downard, Utah State University)
Lionfish have venomous spines and voracious appetites, and can slash native fish numbers. A Smithsonian team found one more reason for their wild success.
(Photo: Jacek Madejski)
Education and Events
Full Calendar of Events
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"Invasion of the Body-Snatchers: How Parasites Shape Hosts in the Chesapeake And Beyond"
--Wednesday, October 14, 8:00PM– 9:00PM
"Lessons from the Bay: 50th-Anniversary Keynote Lecture"
--Tuesday, November 17, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
"MarineGEO: Taking the Pulse of Coastal Biodiversity Around the World"
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