SERC Hours Nov. 22 - Dec. 20

The SERC main campus will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We will be closed Saturdays (Nov. 22 and 29 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20).

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

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

Shorelines Blog

Shorelines Newsletter

70 percent of the world's people live in the coastal zone. Come explore these lush but endangered ecosystems with our scientists, and learn how you can help save them.

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News and Research

Dead Zones Heat Up with Climate Change

Dead zones can swell in warmer waters. And at least 94 percent of the world's dead zones are expected to get hotter under climate change, SERC and STRI scientists discovered in a new report.


(Image: Chuck Gallegos, Aerial Support from LightHawk)


"The Dream Has Been Fulfilled"

Image: Mathias Lab. (Credit: Larry Glenn/Smithsonian)

The complete Mathias Lab officially opened Sept 19. Designed to be the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building, it brings SERC and the Smithsonian into a new era of sustainability.

(Image: Larry Glenn/SERC)


Jellyfish Wars in the Chesapeake


Every year jellyfish and comb jellies vie for territory in Chesapeake Bay. Denise Breitburg and Rebecca Burrell reveal what the annual fray could mean for picking spots to restore oysters.

(Image: Lori Davias)


Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Thursday, December 18, 10:00AM– 11:00AM
Parent-Child
"Puddle Stompers (Pre-K): What do animals do in winter?"

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