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Archaeology Dig Day

Archaeology Dig Day

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

The SERC Archaeology Lab is looking for volunteers to help excavate sites on our campus in Edgewater, Maryland. Volunteers will work alongside researchers and citizen scientists to excavate units, sieve sediment, and wash and sort artifacts. 

Pre-registration Required
Yes

Event Details

In general, we ask that participants at the Saturday Dig Days are at least 10 years old. If you have an interested child under the age of 10, please contact me as special permission for younger children may be granted on a case-by-case basis. All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. The general activities in archaeology are fairly straightforward (digging, sieving sediment, washing and sorting artifacts). We provide all training and materials. We work outside on uneven terrain, and ask that participants wear close toed, sturdy shoes.

The dig day will be happening even if it rains, or if it is hot. It if doesn't rain or if it is only drizzling, we will be working outside, so please dress to be comfortable and in clothing that can get dirty. If it does rain, there will be opportunities to work in the lab (close-toed shoes are required in the lab too). 

Please contact Alison Cawood (443-482-2271, cawooda@si.edu) if you would like to sign up. 

9:30AM - 3:30PM
 
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Science Seminar: Coral Reef Research, Conservation and NSF Program Management

Science Seminar: Coral Reef Research, Conservation and NSF Program Management

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Dan Thornhill

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our midday seminars are open to the public. Because they are directed to a scientific audience, they are more technical than our monthly evening lectures. To learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series, visit our evening lecture homepage.

Dan Thornhill, a program director in the Biological Oceanography program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will give a seminar highlighting his recent research discoveries in population genetics of coral reef organisms, as well as discuss his career path from academia to conservation to program management at NSF. This will be a short seminar with ample opportunities to talk about current opportunities for science funding and to demystify the grant application process at NSF. Questions and audience participation are encouraged.

 

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Guided Canoe Trip

Guided Canoe Trip

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Paddle along the Rhode River while learning about the native wildlife of Chesapeake Bay! No prior experience necessary. Advanced signups required. Click for details and registration info.

Pre-registration Required
Yes

Event Details

New to the program? Here's what to expect on a SERC canoe trip:

  • Basic paddling instruction will be given, and cost includes canoe and life jacket rental and tour
  • Water time will be approximately 2 hours.
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Must be at least 6 years of age
  • Canoes can hold up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • We will paddle in light rain
  • Drop-ins are not accepted 

The cost per person is $25 for adults; $20 for children 15 and younger. Please click "Canoe Trip Signup Form" button to register.

Questions? Contact Karen McDonald at (443) 482-2216 or mcdonaldk@si.edu.

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Filtering Out Pollution with Riparian Buffers

Filtering Out Pollution with Riparian Buffers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Don Weller, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Summary: In the 1980s, SERC scientists discovered that streamside forests (a.k.a. “riparian buffers”) can absorb water pollution released from uphill areas, including farmlands. Since then, conserving and restoring riparian forests has become one of the most popular, effective methods for protecting aquatic systems like Chesapeake Bay. In this talk, SERC ecologist Don Weller will review SERC’s past and present work on riparian buffers, along with the history of implementing riparian buffers for water pollution control in the Chesapeake watershed. The talk will also highlight the many other benefits of riparian forests that make them good reasons for Bay Optimism. Free and open to all!

7:00PM - 8:00PM
 
 
Science Seminar: Non-native pest risks in fruits and vegetables, and the value of systematics

Science Seminar: Non-native pest risks in fruits and vegetables, and the value of systematics

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Lars Olson, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our midday seminars are open to the public. Because they are directed to a scientific audience, they are more technical than our monthly evening lectures. To learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series, visit our evening lecture homepage.

Summary:
The expansion of international trade in commodities is beneficial in many ways, offering consumers a greater diversity of products and lowering purchase prices of familiar products. At the same time, the global movement of goods provides a pathway for the spread of nonindigenous species that cause economic and ecological harm.  Systematics—the branch of biology that deals with the identification and classification of organisms and the description of their life histories—is essential for our ability to understand and manage the world’s genetic resources. This presentation will discuss recent research on the frequency of potential pest arrivals to the U.S. through trade in fruits and vegetables, and related research on the economic value of systematics in facilitating international trade. The first part uses comprehensive USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) inspection data from 2005-2014 to estimate measures of the frequency of potential pest arrivals and analyzes how these measures vary with characteristics of the imported commodities, including commodity type, origin and season. The second part focuses on systematics knowledge embodied in scientists and physical reference collections housed in museums and research institutions, and examines the economic value of this knowledge in reducing errors that can occur in screening imports for invasive pests.

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Triathlon for the Chesapeake

Triathlon for the Chesapeake

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 7:30am
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center (Registration)

Bike, swim and run through the scenic SERC campus, at a Tri For The Chesapeake triathlon!

Pre-registration Required
Yes

Event Details

On Sunday, Sept. 24, Tri For The Chesapeake is organizing a swim, bike and run triathlon, or optional duathlon, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), with proceeds benefiting SERC. 

Push your personal limits and see what your body is capable of doing! Participants will experience Chesapeake Bay ecosystems firsthand by taking part in a 1/2-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile trail run (5k) OR 3.1-mile run, 10-mile bike and 3.1-mile run through the forested campus, This is a great beginners race, as the scenic course provides enough of a challenge without pushing athletes onto open roads where they must compete with cars and other large traffic (there is one small stretch of the bike course on Muddy Creek Rd. Other than that it's all closed for the event). 

Registration begins at 6am at the Schmidt Conference  Center. All participants must be present by 7:30 for a mandatory pre-race meeting.

Sign up to race here
(Note: By clicking this link, you are entering a non-Smithsonian site.)

Event Cost:
$90 (individual); $130 (team relay)
7:30AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sep 21, 2017

  • Science Seminar: Non-native pest risks in fruits and vegetables, and the value of systematics

    Science Seminar: Non-native pest risks in fruits and vegetables, and the value of systematics

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Event Location
    Schmidt Conference Center

    Speaker: Lars Olson, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland

    Pre-registration Required
    No

    Event Details

    Our midday seminars are open to the public. Because they are directed to a scientific audience, they are more technical than our monthly evening lectures. To learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series, visit our evening lecture homepage.

    Summary:
    The expansion of international trade in commodities is beneficial in many ways, offering consumers a greater diversity of products and lowering purchase prices of familiar products. At the same time, the global movement of goods provides a pathway for the spread of nonindigenous species that cause economic and ecological harm.  Systematics—the branch of biology that deals with the identification and classification of organisms and the description of their life histories—is essential for our ability to understand and manage the world’s genetic resources. This presentation will discuss recent research on the frequency of potential pest arrivals to the U.S. through trade in fruits and vegetables, and related research on the economic value of systematics in facilitating international trade. The first part uses comprehensive USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) inspection data from 2005-2014 to estimate measures of the frequency of potential pest arrivals and analyzes how these measures vary with characteristics of the imported commodities, including commodity type, origin and season. The second part focuses on systematics knowledge embodied in scientists and physical reference collections housed in museums and research institutions, and examines the economic value of this knowledge in reducing errors that can occur in screening imports for invasive pests.

    11:00AM - 12:00PM

Sep 24, 2017

  • Triathlon for the Chesapeake

    Triathlon for the Chesapeake

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 7:30am
    Event Location
    Schmidt Conference Center (Registration)

    Bike, swim and run through the scenic SERC campus, at a Tri For The Chesapeake triathlon!

    Pre-registration Required
    Yes

    Event Details

    On Sunday, Sept. 24, Tri For The Chesapeake is organizing a swim, bike and run triathlon, or optional duathlon, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), with proceeds benefiting SERC. 

    Push your personal limits and see what your body is capable of doing! Participants will experience Chesapeake Bay ecosystems firsthand by taking part in a 1/2-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile trail run (5k) OR 3.1-mile run, 10-mile bike and 3.1-mile run through the forested campus, This is a great beginners race, as the scenic course provides enough of a challenge without pushing athletes onto open roads where they must compete with cars and other large traffic (there is one small stretch of the bike course on Muddy Creek Rd. Other than that it's all closed for the event). 

    Registration begins at 6am at the Schmidt Conference  Center. All participants must be present by 7:30 for a mandatory pre-race meeting.

    Sign up to race here
    (Note: By clicking this link, you are entering a non-Smithsonian site.)

    Event Cost:
    $90 (individual); $130 (team relay)
    7:30AM