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With 'biological sunscreen,' mantis shrimp see the reef in a whole different light

In an unexpected discovery, researchers from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found that the complex eyes of mantis shrimp are equipped with optics that generate ultraviolet (UV) color vision. Mantis shrimp's six UV photoreceptors pick up on different colors within the UV spectrum based on filters made from an ingredient other animals depend on as built-in biological sunscreen, according to research reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 3.

Graduates 2014

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science congratulates the following stellar students who received graduate degrees this spring and summer!

Chesapeake Bay health holds steady in 2013

Stormwater runoff proves to be important factor in Bay health

UMD and UMCES to award joint degree in marine and environmental science

For the first time, the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a preeminent research institution, will award graduate degrees in marine and environmental sciences jointly with the University o

Dr. Jeffrey Cornwell honored with UMCES President's Award

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Appalachian Laboratory scientists receive highest university award

The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has selected two faculty members from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science—

Record one billion oyster spat added to Bay restoration effort in 2013

This has been a record year for oysters and the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort.

Wildlife biologist Tom Mathews receives Johnson Award

In honor of outstanding contributions to environmental management in Western Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's

Science shows restoration efforts can improve local water quality in the Chesapeake Bay

Pollution-reducing practices can improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams, according to new research.

From the mountains to the sea

From the mountains to the sea...science is our best natural resource