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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:

September 15, 2015 7:00PM
Invasion of the Body-Snatchers: How Parasites Shape Hosts in the Chesapeake And Beyond
Carolyn Tepolt
Fifty years ago, the Chesapeake Bay received an unwelcome arrival: a barnacle-like parasite that tunnels into mud crabs and turns them into zombie nursemaids for the parasite's offspring. This parasite is still here. In some years, 70 percent or more of local mud crabs have been infected by it. But in its native home in the Gulf of Mexico, the parasite infects just 1 to 5 percent of crabs. SERC postdoc Carolyn Tepolt is trying to discover whether Gulf Coast crabs have evolved to resist being parasitized, and if there's a chance that Chesapeake crabs could too. With a combination of field ecology, lab trials and genomics, she’s uncovering how this parasite is shaping the evolution of its host.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (443-482-2325)

October 14, 2015 8:00PM
Lessons from the Bay: 50th-Anniversary Keynote Lecture
Tom Horton
Join award-winning environmental journalist Tom Horton Wednesday, Oct. 14, at SERC’s keynote 50th-anniversary evening lecture. Horton will reveal lessons learned during his 43 years covering the Chesapeake: what’s changed, what questions still need answers, and what it may ultimately take to save the Bay. The talk is free and open to all. A dessert reception in the Mathias Atrium will start at 7 p.m., followed by the lecture at 8.
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (443-482-2325,

November 17, 2015 7:00PM
MarineGEO: Taking the Pulse of Coastal Biodiversity Around the World
Emmett Duffy
Contact Info: Kristen Minogue (443-482-2325;