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(Photo: Miriam Jones/USGS)

We've Been Underestimating Methane.

For years, scientists and policymakers reported that the greenhouse gas methane is 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. In a new study, two scientists took a more realistic look and discovered it has an even stronger impact than we thought. But so does removing it.

News and Research

Spaghetti Bryozoan Found in Galápagos

Cownose ray

A snorkeling trip led to a surprise discovery off Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. Now scientists are working to uncover what the invasive spaghetti bryozoan's arrival could mean for this world heritage site.

Photo: Dan Minchin/Marine Organism Investigations)

What Does Life in the Ocean Sound Like?

Ocean Noise

Erica Staaterman is helping uncover a wealth of noise from the ocean’s hidden creatures, first in California and now in the Chesapeake as a SERC postdoc.
(Photo: Erica Staaterman)

Transforming Mercury:
Where the Neurotoxin is Born

Image: Coastal wetland, ones of dozens of environments where scientists found genes that create methylmercury (Grace Schwartz/SERC)

Coastal wetlands, dead zones, thawing Arctic permafrost: These are just some places scientists found genes that turn mercury into the neurotoxin methylmercury. The good news: They didn't find any in the human gut.

Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

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--Thursday, December 03, 11:00AM– 12:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Tracking wide-ranging marine species to go from data to decisions"

--Thursday, December 10, 11:00AM– 12:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"River Herring Conservation in the Chesapeake Watershed"

--Thursday, December 17, 11:00AM– 12:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Ireland, Forests and Biodiversity"

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