Gain hands-on experience with the Smithsonian! Paid internships available in research, education, citizen science and science communications. Apply by Feb. 1. (Photo: Mary Best)
Orchids can lie dormant underground for years, but an army of the right fungi can help them reemerge. Inside the quest to save the "rarest orchid east of the Mississippi."
Do you want to be a Smithsonian researcher? We're hiring a marine disease ecologist to join the SERC team. Apply by January 31! (Photo: Kim Holzer)
To protect Olympia oysters from crashing, California scientists discovered having bays with plenty of environmental diversity pays off. (Photo: Elkhorn Slough - NERR)
Invasive Phragmites can spur soils to release carbon stored for millennia, ecologists find. But this "Jekyll-and-Hyde" plant could save wetlands too. (Photo: Tom Mozdzer)
Using sonar video, biologists tracked river herring migrating up the Choptank for the first time since 1973. Their numbers reached 1.3 million—giving hope the at-risk fish can be saved.
Discover Smithsonian science in your backyard! Visiting Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 9am-4:30pm. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Join SERC's volunteer Archaeology Lab excavating sites on campus, Wednesdays from 9 to 3. No experience required. Sign up with Alison Cawood (email@example.com; 443-482-2271) first: We need to know you're coming!
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For half a century, SERC scientists have taken on environmental issues on Chesapeake Bay and around the world and uncovered new ways to protect the planet. Learn more about SERC’s history and discoveries.