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Nitrogen dynamics in tropical coastal ecosystems

Nitrogen dynamics in tropical coastal ecosystems

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Kiho Kim (American University)

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our Thursday science seminars are free and open to the public. Because they are directed towards a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures. Visit our Evening Lecture Page to learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series.

In the latter half of the 20th century, nutrient pollution—primarily nitrogen (N)—has emerged as an increasingly important driver of ecological change in coastal oceans. Thus, identifying the source of N is a key step in devising effective mitigation measures. In this regard, stable isotope analysis is an invaluable tool for evaluating the relative contributions of natural and anthropogenic sources of N. In this talk, we explore nitrogen flux along tropical coastlines using data gleaned from isotope analyses of a variety of biological samples, taken at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

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Geography, Ecology, and Conservation of Orchids in Palau

Geography, Ecology, and Conservation of Orchids in Palau

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Benjamin Crane

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our Thursday science seminars are free and open to the public. Because they are directed towards a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures. Visit our Evening Lecture Page to learn more about our free evening lecture series.

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Clean Water, Healthy Habitats: Accelerating Wetland Restoration in the Bay

Clean Water, Healthy Habitats: Accelerating Wetland Restoration in the Bay

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Amy Jacobs (The Nature Conservancy)

Pre-registration Required
No

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Dr. Amy Jacobs (Severn Smith/The Nature Conservancy)

Get inspired by stories of Bay Optimism this year! Learn what's working in conservation in the Chesapeake and around the world, and how we can do more of it. SERC's monthly Bay Optimism lectures run every third Tuesday of the month, March through October. Lectures start at 7pm; light refreshments at 6:30. Free and open to all—curiosity is the only prerequisite.

May Lecture:
The Nature Conservancy, teaming up with federal, state, and local partners, has restored and enhanced over 2,000 acres of wetlands in the Pocomoke River Watershed in the last 5 years. In this talk, Amy Jacobs will highlight how the Conservancy is working with farmers to restore habitat and keep nutrients out of the Bay with wetland restoration. Jacobs will provide an overview of the restoration process, the benefits of restoration to meet water quality and habitat goals, and what we have learned to be more effective in future efforts.

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7:00PM - 8:00PM
 
 
Meet the Riverkeeper

Meet the Riverkeeper

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Jeff Holland

Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers, will give a brief overview of the nonprofit organization's mission and accomplishments in PowerPoint, poetry, stories and songs.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our Thursday science seminars are free and open to the public. Because they are directed towards a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures. Visit our Evening Lecture Page to learn more about our free evening lecture series.

11:00AM - 12:00PM
 
 
SERC Open House
Bay Optimism logo with heron, fish and crabs

SERC Open House

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The SERC Open House has been cancelled due to poor weather.

Pre-registration Required
No

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10:00AM - 4:00PM
 
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Ozone Impacts on Ecological Interactions

Ozone Impacts on Ecological Interactions

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Manual Lerdau (University of Virginia)

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our Thursday science seminars are free and open to the public. Because they are directed towards a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures. Visit our Evening Lecture Page to learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series.

Summary: Most studies of the ecological impacts of tropospheric ozone have focused on either individuals or entire systems. These studies have emphasized how ozone affects processes such as photosynthesis (at the individual scale) or productivity (at the system scale).  Less attention has focused on how ozone might alter species interactions. This talk reports on two areas my lab has been exploring regarding ozone and species interactions.  First, I discuss how species-specific differences in ozone impacts might affect the relationships among species and how those changed relationships could augment or dampen the direct effects of ozone on ecosystem processes. I discuss computational results for southeastern forests and suggest a large-scale atmospheric feedback based on the mechanisms underlying species-specific differences.  Second, I present some recent empirical data on plant-pollinator interactions which demonstrate that, although ozone oxidizes floral volatiles, as was predicted a decade ago, the impacts on pollinators are smaller than expected because of pollinator behavioral responses. Taken together, these two lines of research suggest that species interactions have strong effects on both the direction and magnitude of ozone impacts on ecology.

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