In 1918, not long after the Wright brothers’ first flight, a scientist named Reginald Truitt was the first person to fly over Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay and discover from above that the magnificent estuary was all truly connected. It inspired him to borrow a microscope and set up a modest laboratory to study the oysters, crabs and fish that were so plentiful in the Bay. In 1925, it would become the first publically supported marine laboratory on the East Coast.
New research facility honors legendary Maryland scientist Reginald Truitt
Walter Boynton, longtime professor and estuarine ecologist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’sChesapeake Biological Laboratory and a fixture in the world of Chesapeake Bay science for more than 40 years, has been chosen to receive the Mathias Medal to recognize his distinguished career of scholarship and public service.
Legendary Chesapeake Bay scientist Walt Boynton to receive Mathias Medal