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Learn about the natural world every third Tuesday of the month, now through November, at SERC's free evening lecture series!

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

Roy Rich kneeels beneath infrared lamps in experimental wetland plot

Wetland of the Future Turns Up the Heat

SERC's Global Change Research Wetland will be even hotter than usual this summer, with the launch of a new global warming experiment in June. The new project will track how well wetlands can build soil and keep pace with sea level rise when facing both higher temperatures and higher CO2.

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News and Research

Biodiversity Buffers Fish From Climate Change

Diver surveys fish reef

Protecting biodiversity comes with some succulent benefits. Divers who did more than 4,000 underwater surveys discovered diversity makes fish communities are more productive, and better able to withstand temperature swings. (Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith)



Double Jeopardy for Chesapeake Fish

Silverside reflected in tank

Low oxygen is already a deadly threat for aquatic life. SERC marine ecologists have discovered acidification—low oxygen's frequent companion—makes it even harder for fish like silversides to survive plummeting oxygen.



DNA Finds Fungi for Orchids

Melissa McCormick


The secret is in the soil. In one of the oddest couples in the natural world, orchids need fungi to grow. But finding those fungi can be tricky, until a new study from the Plant Ecology Lab used DNA to find those fungi in more places than anyone had suspected.

(Photo: Yini Ma)





Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

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--Wednesday, July 20, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"Restoring Muddy Creek: An Experiment to Revive a Degraded Stream"

--Saturday, August 27, 9:30AM– 3:30PM
Special Event
"Citizen Science: Archaeology Dig Day"

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