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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 next lecture starts at 7 on July 21.

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

Shorelines Blog

Shorelines Newsletter

Exploring the Arctic's Uncharted Fjords

Greenland's melting glaciers could be making the ocean more vulnerable to acidification. Armed with a small piece of technology designed by SERC ecologist Whitman Miller, two sailors embarked on a 100-day journey to unexplored waters to discover what's happening in the Arctic.

The story behind the voyage

See where the Ault is now


News and Research

DNA Unlocks Mysterious Phragmites Invasion

Image: Oyster pilings in Panama (Credit: Kristina Hill-Spanik)

Arriving in the 1800s, the invasive Phragmites australis reed sat quietly until the 1980s, when its numbers exploded with no warning. Scientists didn't know what caused the sudden boom until a new DNA study revealed clues.
(Photo: Rebekah Downard/Utah State University)


Invasive Lionfish Super-Resistant to Parasites

Lionfish (Credit: Jacek Madejski)

Lionfish have venomous spines and voracious appetites, and can slash native fish numbers. A Smithsonian team found one more reason for their wild success.
(Photo: Jacek Madejski)


Mangroves and Hurricanes

Excess nutrients, which usually help mangroves grow larger, are also making them weaker, something SERC ecologist Candy Feller discovered when two hurricanes ripped through her experiments in Florida. (Photo: Anne Chamberlain)


Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

Click HERE to go to our public calendar.

--Thursday, August 06, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Fang Cao"

--Saturday, August 08, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Trip"

--Tuesday, August 18, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"Trekking Through Mangroves: How Pollution and Climate Change Are Altering the Tropics"

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
P.O. Box 28 • 647 Contees Wharf Road • Edgewater, Maryland 21037-0028 • 443-482-2200
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