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News and Research

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.


From the Field: Exploring Undersea Forests

SERC marine biologists dove into California's underwater kelp forests in search of non-native species. Discover how in this first-hand account of a science expedition beneath the surface.


Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

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--Wednesday, March 04, 10:00AM– 11:00AM
Children Only
"Puddle Stompers (Pre-K): Water, Water Everywhere"

--Thursday, March 05, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Speaker: Thomas Arnold, Dickinson College"

--Wednesday, March 11, 3:00PM– 4:00PM
Weekly Seminar
"Speaker: Alan Wilson"

--Tuesday, March 17, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"A brief history of CO2, temperature and sea-level rise research on a Chesapeake wetland"

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