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Evening Lecture Series
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Weekly Science Seminars and other Adult Public Programs

Our 2014 evening lectures will occur on the third Tuesday of every month April through November. They are free and open to the public. Lectures run from 7-8 p.m. with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center.

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Upcoming Evening Lectures:

May 20, 2014 7:00PM
"Chesapeake Catch: Fisheries Research at SERC"
Matt Ogburn
Aquatic life in the Chesapeake is constantly in flux. While Maryland's blue crabs have shown signs of improvement, a big new predator - the nonnative blue catfish - is expanding its range in Maryland's rivers. At SERC, the Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Lab has brought in new cutting-edge technology to help keep tabs on life underwater. Dr. Matt Ogburn will highlight some of the lab’s recent projects and findings with blue crabs, river herring and blue catfish.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue, 443-482-2325,

June 17, 2014 7:00PM
Global Shipping and Marine Invasions: The Beginning of the Anthropocene
Ian Davidson
Many experts say we now live in the Anthropocene, an informal new epoch in which humans can shape ecosystems on a global scale. By most accounts, the Anthropocene began roughly 250 years ago during the Industrial Revolution with the explosion of fossil fuels. But what if it began much earlier? In the Age of Discovery, human exploration allowed invasive species to cross oceans, a phenomenon that has continued to the present day thanks to global shipping. In this talk Ian Davidson will narrate how humans have unwittingly moved species around since the 1500s and how—with help from the public—we can keep a watchful eye on them today.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue; 443-482-2325;