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Evening Lecture Series
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Weekly Science Seminars and other Adult Public Programs

Our 2015 evening lectures will occur on the third Tuesday of every month March through November. They are free and open to the public. Lectures run from 7-8 p.m. with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will take place in the Schmidt Conference Center.

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Upcoming Evening Lectures:

May 19, 2015 7:00PM
Understanding the land-sea connection: SERC's growing legacy of watershed research
Tom Jordan
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has a long history of studying what controls discharges of plant nutrients from watersheds. Such discharges have overloaded Chesapeake Bay with nitrogen and phosphorus, causing harmful algal blooms and dead zones. SERC senior scientist Tom Jordan will present findings from his 35 years of research on the sources of these nutrients, their effects on Chesapeake Bay, and ways to reduce their impacts.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (; 443-482-2325)

June 16, 2015 7:00PM
Stories of our ancestors: A 3,000-year history of SERC land
Kristen Minogue
The story of SERC is the story of Maryland. Over the centuries the campus has been home to fishers and hunter-gatherers, Revolutionary War soldiers and slave families. Who were the land’s early inhabitants, and what environmental footprints did they leave behind? This talk will explore the lives of the people who shaped the land that became SERC: Native Americans, settlers, slaves, farmers and—finally—scientists.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (; 443-482-2325)