Mathias Lab: A Grand, Green Opening

On Sept. 19, SERC officially opened the doors of the Mathias Lab, a 92,000-square-foot green lab designed to be the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building. Watch the ceremony, or get the facts, figures and photos below. (Left to right: Senator Ben Cardin, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough, SERC Director Tuck Hines and Congressman Steny Hoyer)
Watch the ceremony

Fact Sheet

The name, the numbers and what makes it green

Images & Video

Media Release

The challenge of building a sustainable science lab, and how it's changing the way we do research

News and Research

How Citizen Science Is Saving
the Anacostia

The Anacostia River has suffered pollution from sewage and industry for decades. Now high school citizen science programs are empowering students to help put it back on track.

Nine Centuries of Missing Oysters

For more than 10,000 years, Native Americans hunted and fished in the Chesapeake. But when scientists dated thrown-out oysters on the Rhode River, they found a surprising gap.

Oysters Have Sidekick in Bay Cleanup

Oysters aren't the only shellfish that can filter water in the Chesapeake Bay. Three marine biologists discovered one smaller bivalve is able to lend a hand.
(Image: Chris Judy)

Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

--Saturday, October 04, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Excursion "

--Saturday, October 11, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Excursion "

--Tuesday, October 21, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"Predicting the Future: How Fishes in the Chesapeake May Respond to Climate Change"

--Wednesday, October 22, 10:00AM– 11:00AM
"Puddle Stompers (Pre-K): Amazing Animal Senses 10 am-11 am"

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