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Learn about the natural world every third Tuesday of the month, and talk to the scientists face-to-face. Our 50th anniversary series kicks off March 17!

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News and Research

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)

Oysters, Disease and Dead Zones

Image: Infected oyster slide (Credit: SERC Marine Ecology Lab)

In shallow waters around the world, there are dead zones that appear only at night. Oysters trapped in these regions are far more vulnerable to the deadly Dermo disease, a new study found.

Our Colonial Ancestors Ate Blue Crabs Too

Image: Blue Crab Basket (Credit: SERC).

For years many doubted whether Native Americans and colonists in the Chesapeake ate blue crabs, because so few appeared in archaeological sites. It turns out they did, and they caught more large ones than today.

Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Thursday, April 02, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Ecological Control of Marine Biodiversity: A Fouling Panel Perspective. Part 1: Local vs. Regional Control"

--Thursday, April 09, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Speaker: Nate Lemoine"

--Thursday, April 16, 3:00PM– 3:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Speaker: Colleen Burg"

--Tuesday, April 21, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"SERC's Mathias Lab: A LEED-Platinum "collaboratory" for the next 50 years"

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