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Legendary Chesapeake Bay scientist Walt Boynton to receive Mathias Medal

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.

Study finds human-caused global warming began earlier—and more quickly—than expected

Close to 200 years ago, the Industrial Revolution drove thousands away from working the land to toil in factories in cities, where machine production changed our entire way of life.

Extreme weather events, abrupt changes in habitat could impact striped bass populations

Striped bass are known to have favorite summer swimming spots to which they return every year. They are creatures of habit.

Cleaner air may be driving improvements in Chesapeake Bay water quality

A new study suggests that improvements in air quality over the Potomac watershed, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, may be responsible for recent progress on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have linked improving water quality in streams and rivers of the Upper Potomac River Basin to reductions in nitrogen pollution onto the land and streams due to enforcement of the Clean Air Act. 

Scientists partner with farmers and landowners to help reduce runoff

Professor Tom Fisher wades into the water just past his knees in a creek at South Forge.