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Forest Ecology Lab Volunteers

Forest Ecology Lab Volunteers

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Join SERC researchers to help measure trees as part of a forest mapping project.

Full and half-day sessions available.

Contact Alison Cawood (cawooda@si.edu, 443-482-2271) for more information.

Pre-registration Required
Yes
9:00AM - 4:00PM
 
Science Seminar: Maryland’s Accounting for Ecosystem Services Framework

Science Seminar: Maryland’s Accounting for Ecosystem Services Framework

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Elliott Campbell, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

Our Thursday seminars are open to SERC staff and the public. Since they are aimed at a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Summary:
Ecosystem services—the benefits people receive from the environment—vary across the landscape, both in supply (e.g. grams of carbon sequestered or cubic meters of runoff avoided) and in demand (the monetary value society places upon them). This talk will present results of modeled changes in stormwater runoff, groundwater recharge, air quality, wildlife habitat, soil erosion, carbon and nutrient sequestration across Maryland. It will also give numbers for the ecosystem services of oyster beds and submerged aquatic vegetation within the Chesapeake. Campbell and his colleagues estimated the financial values of various biophysical flows by observing cases where money has been exchanged for the work of the environment, termed “eco-prices.” They then used the ratios of energy to money to convert ecosystem services to dollars.

The methodology presented here has the advantages of considering both biophysical and monetary values, allowing for flexibility of the model, and suggests that ecosystem services are most  appropriately  valued according to societal, rather than individual, preference. Preliminary results show that the six ecosystems calculated for Maryland provide over $8 billion of benefits to residents every year. Broadly, the goal of this work is to have the value of natural lands incorporated in decisions made in Maryland affecting these lands. This would translate to ecosystem service value influencing the state land acquisition prioritization process, targeting of state restoration funds, and informing the local land-use planning process.

11:00AM - 12:00PM
 
Forest Ecology Lab Volunteers

Forest Ecology Lab Volunteers

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Join SERC researchers to help measure trees as part of a forest mapping project.

Full and half-day sessions available.

Contact Alison Cawood (cawooda@si.edu, 443-482-2271) for more information.

Pre-registration Required
Yes
9:00AM - 4:00PM
 
 
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Making Sense of Climate Change

Making Sense of Climate Change

Global Warming, Rising Seas and Extreme Weather

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Discover how rising temperatures have the power to expand seas, increase flooding, and create weather and climate extremes. Second lecture in the 6-part "Making Sense of Climate Change" series, hosted by Bert Drake.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Despite widespread agreement among scientists, climate change has become one of the most hotly debated and perplexing issues of our time. How has one species managed to shape the Earth’s climate, and how is climate change shaping our future in return? Join Smithsonian plant scientist Bert Drake for "Making Sense of Climate Change," a free 6-part lecture series on the science and history of climate change. Discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what it could mean for our food, our coastlines and our homes. Come for any or all of these lectures. No pre-registration required, and attendance at the first lectures is not required to attend later ones.

Lecture 2: "Global Warming, Rising Seas and Extreme Weather"
Discover how rising temperatures have the power to expand seas, increase flooding, and create weather and climate extremes.

View the full "Making Sense of Climate Change" series

11:00AM - 12:00PM
 
 
 
 
 
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Making Sense of Climate Change

Making Sense of Climate Change

The Beginning of the Age of Humans: People & Climate

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

When did humans first begin to influence climate? Bert Drake looks back to humanity’s first farmers to explore the Age of the Anthropocene. Third lecture in the 6-part "Making Sense of Climate Change" series, hosted by Bert Drake

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Despite widespread agreement among scientists, climate change has become one of the most hotly debated and perplexing issues of our time. How has one species managed to shape the Earth’s climate, and how is climate change shaping our future in return? Join Smithsonian plant scientist Bert Drake for "Making Sense of Climate Change," a free 6-part lecture series on the science and history of climate change. Discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what it could mean for our food, our coastlines and our homes. Come for any or all of these lectures. No pre-registration required, and attendance at the first lectures is not required to attend later ones.

Lecture 3: "The Beginning of the Age of Humans: People & Climate"
When did humans first begin to influence climate? Bert Drake looks back to humanity’s first farmers to explore the Age of the Anthropocene.

View the full "Making Sense of Climate Change" series

11:00AM - 12:00PM
 
Environmental Archaeology Lab

Environmental Archaeology Lab

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Join SERC's volunteer Archaeology Lab excavating sites on campus, Wednesdays from 9 to 3. No experience required. Sign up with Alison Cawood (cawooda@si.edu; 443-482-2271) first: We need to know you're coming!

Pre-registration Required
Yes

Event Details

The SERC Archaeology Lab is looking for volunteers to help excavate two sites over the summer.  Volunteers will work with scientists and students to excavate sites, preserve artifacts, and collect environmental data to understand the ways the land has changed (or not) over the past 200 years.  We need volunteers on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. No prior knowledge is required, and all training will be provided on site.

Volunteers may be working outside, and some bending and kneeling is required.  Volunteer activities include excavating dig pits, sieving soil samples, and washing and cataloging artifacts.  We will consider volunteers under the age of 18 on a case-by-case basis.  Any volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Please sign up before coming! We need to make sure we keep the number of people on site manageable. Contact Alison Cawood to register.

Learn more about the Environmental Archaeology Citizen Science Project

9:00AM - 3:30PM
 
Science Seminar: Unraveling Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles in Coastal Wetlands

Science Seminar: Unraveling Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles in Coastal Wetlands

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Grace Cott, SERC Biogeochemistry Lab

Our Thursday seminars are open to SERC staff and the public. Since they are aimed at a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Summary:

The intrinsically linked global carbon and nitrogen cycles underpin the functioning of coastal wetlands. Nitrogen availability strongly influences the effect of elevated CO2 on plant communities and their capacity to sequester carbon. However, the relative importance of different nitrogen forms to plant nutrition under future climate conditions in wetlands is unknown.  We investigated the capacity of two dominant wetland plant species, Spartina patens and Schoenoplectus americanus, to assimilate dissolved organic nitrogen under elevated CO2 conditions. Our results show direct assimilation of dissolved organic nitrogen by these salt marsh species. Spartina patens uptake rates of glycine were twice that of Schoenoplectus americanus.  These results further our understanding of differences among species in nitrogen form acquisition, competitive dynamics between species, and habitat-level responses to global change.

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Making Sense of Climate Change

Making Sense of Climate Change

Carbon Dioxide, Plants and Food

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

How do plants respond to rising carbon dioxide? Learn what climate change means for the world’s food supply and its nutritional value. Fourth lecture in the 6-part "Making Sense of Climate Change" series, hosted by Bert Drake.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Despite widespread agreement among scientists, climate change has become one of the most hotly debated and perplexing issues of our time. How has one species managed to shape the Earth’s climate, and how is climate change shaping our future in return? Join Smithsonian plant scientist Bert Drake for "Making Sense of Climate Change," a free 6-part lecture series on the science and history of climate change. Discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what it could mean for our food, our coastlines and our homes. Come for any or all of these lectures. No pre-registration required, and attendance at the first lectures is not required to attend later ones.

Lecture 4: "CO2, Plants and Food"
How do plants respond to rising carbon dioxide? Learn what climate change means for the world’s food supply and its nutritional value.

View the full "Making Sense of Climate Change" series

11:00AM - 12:00PM
 
Environmental Archaeology Lab

Environmental Archaeology Lab

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Join SERC's volunteer Archaeology Lab excavating sites on campus, Wednesdays from 9 to 3. No experience required. Sign up with Alison Cawood (cawooda@si.edu; 443-482-2271) first: We need to know you're coming!

Pre-registration Required
Yes

Event Details

The SERC Archaeology Lab is looking for volunteers to help excavate two sites over the summer.  Volunteers will work with scientists and students to excavate sites, preserve artifacts, and collect environmental data to understand the ways the land has changed (or not) over the past 200 years.  We need volunteers on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. No prior knowledge is required, and all training will be provided on site.

Volunteers may be working outside, and some bending and kneeling is required.  Volunteer activities include excavating dig pits, sieving soil samples, and washing and cataloging artifacts.  We will consider volunteers under the age of 18 on a case-by-case basis.  Any volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Please sign up before coming! We need to make sure we keep the number of people on site manageable. Contact Alison Cawood to register.

Learn more about the Environmental Archaeology Citizen Science Project

9:00AM - 3:00PM
 
 
 
 
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Making Sense of Climate Change

Making Sense of Climate Change

Controlling Carbon Dioxide

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Find out how much carbon dioxide humans are producing and the various ideas for reducing it, from renewable energy to geoengineering. Fifth lecture in the 6-part "Making Sense of Climate Change" series, hosted by Bert Drake.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Despite widespread agreement among scientists, climate change has become one of the most hotly debated and perplexing issues of our time. How has one species managed to shape the Earth’s climate, and how is climate change shaping our future in return? Join Smithsonian plant scientist Bert Drake for "Making Sense of Climate Change," a free 6-part lecture series on the science and history of climate change. Discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what it could mean for our food, our coastlines and our homes. Come for any or all of these lectures. No pre-registration required, and attendance at the first lectures is not required to attend later ones.

Lecture 5: "Controlling CO2"
Find out how much carbon dioxide humans are producing and the various ideas for reducing it, from renewable energy to geoengineering.

View the full "Making Sense of Climate Change" series

11:00AM - 12:00PM
 
 
 
 
 

Feb 21, 2017

  • Making Sense of Climate Change

    Making Sense of Climate Change

    Carbon Dioxide, Plants and Food

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Event Location
    Schmidt Conference Center

    How do plants respond to rising carbon dioxide? Learn what climate change means for the world’s food supply and its nutritional value. Fourth lecture in the 6-part "Making Sense of Climate Change" series, hosted by Bert Drake.

    Pre-registration Required
    No

    Event Details

    Despite widespread agreement among scientists, climate change has become one of the most hotly debated and perplexing issues of our time. How has one species managed to shape the Earth’s climate, and how is climate change shaping our future in return? Join Smithsonian plant scientist Bert Drake for "Making Sense of Climate Change," a free 6-part lecture series on the science and history of climate change. Discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what it could mean for our food, our coastlines and our homes. Come for any or all of these lectures. No pre-registration required, and attendance at the first lectures is not required to attend later ones.

    Lecture 4: "CO2, Plants and Food"
    How do plants respond to rising carbon dioxide? Learn what climate change means for the world’s food supply and its nutritional value.

    View the full "Making Sense of Climate Change" series

    11:00AM - 12:00PM

Feb 15, 2017, Feb 22, 2017, Mar 1, 2017

  • Environmental Archaeology Lab

    Environmental Archaeology Lab

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

    Join SERC's volunteer Archaeology Lab excavating sites on campus, Wednesdays from 9 to 3. No experience required. Sign up with Alison Cawood (cawooda@si.edu; 443-482-2271) first: We need to know you're coming!

    Pre-registration Required
    Yes

    Event Details

    The SERC Archaeology Lab is looking for volunteers to help excavate two sites over the summer.  Volunteers will work with scientists and students to excavate sites, preserve artifacts, and collect environmental data to understand the ways the land has changed (or not) over the past 200 years.  We need volunteers on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. No prior knowledge is required, and all training will be provided on site.

    Volunteers may be working outside, and some bending and kneeling is required.  Volunteer activities include excavating dig pits, sieving soil samples, and washing and cataloging artifacts.  We will consider volunteers under the age of 18 on a case-by-case basis.  Any volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

    Please sign up before coming! We need to make sure we keep the number of people on site manageable. Contact Alison Cawood to register.

    Learn more about the Environmental Archaeology Citizen Science Project

    9:00AM - 3:00PM

Feb 28, 2017

  • Making Sense of Climate Change

    Making Sense of Climate Change

    Controlling Carbon Dioxide

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Event Location
    Schmidt Conference Center

    Find out how much carbon dioxide humans are producing and the various ideas for reducing it, from renewable energy to geoengineering. Fifth lecture in the 6-part "Making Sense of Climate Change" series, hosted by Bert Drake.

    Pre-registration Required
    No

    Event Details

    Despite widespread agreement among scientists, climate change has become one of the most hotly debated and perplexing issues of our time. How has one species managed to shape the Earth’s climate, and how is climate change shaping our future in return? Join Smithsonian plant scientist Bert Drake for "Making Sense of Climate Change," a free 6-part lecture series on the science and history of climate change. Discover how we got here, how we move forward, and what it could mean for our food, our coastlines and our homes. Come for any or all of these lectures. No pre-registration required, and attendance at the first lectures is not required to attend later ones.

    Lecture 5: "Controlling CO2"
    Find out how much carbon dioxide humans are producing and the various ideas for reducing it, from renewable energy to geoengineering.

    View the full "Making Sense of Climate Change" series

    11:00AM - 12:00PM