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Evening Lectures
Learn about the natural world every third Tuesday of the month, and talk to the scientists face-to-face. Our 50th anniversary series kicks off March 17!

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Work with our scientists in the field or the lab, and join us in making discoveries.

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50th-Anniversary

Open House


Sat., May 16, 10am-3pm


Join us for a day of outdoor science and exploration as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! Register online for free parking.

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News and Research

Two New Marine Species Discovered
in Portugal

Meet the newest members of the bryozoan world, discovered by SERC research associate João Canning-Clode and his colleagues in the Madeira Islands.
(Photo: Patricio Ramalhosa)


Oysters, Disease and Dead Zones

Image: Infected oyster slide (Credit: SERC Marine Ecology Lab)

In shallow waters around the world, there are dead zones that appear only at night. Oysters trapped in these regions are far more vulnerable to the deadly Dermo disease, a new study found.


Our Colonial Ancestors Ate Blue Crabs Too

Image: Blue Crab Basket (Credit: SERC).

For years many doubted whether Native Americans and colonists in the Chesapeake ate blue crabs, because so few appeared in archaeological sites. It turns out they did, and they caught more large ones than today.


Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Tuesday, April 21, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"SERC's Mathias Lab: A LEED-Platinum "collaboratory" for the next 50 years"

--Thursday, April 23, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Speaker: Noel Gurwick"

--Saturday, April 25, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Excursion "

--Thursday, April 30, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Decay activity and fruiting phenology of wood-inhabiting fungi in a mid-Atlantic temperate forest"

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