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Disease Ecology | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Infectious diseases are a strong force that can affect individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Infectious diseases are caused by parasites and pathogens which can impair or even kill its host. Surprisingly, parasites and pathogens are a common and integral part of healthy ecosystems. While not all parasitic infections cause disease, those that do cause

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Impacts | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Invasions by non-native species are changing the composition and function of many communities across the globe. Non-native species dominate some terrestrial, wetland, freshwater, and marine ecosystems --- in terms of species richness and abundance --- and can exert strong effects as predators, competitors, parasites and pathogens of native biota.

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Human Impacts & Resilience | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Humans are part of many ecosystems and our activities affect all aspects of ecosystem function, including ecosystem resilience. Human activities that reduce biodiversity, exploit natural resources, pollute, change land-use and contribute to anthropogenic climate change threaten ecosystem resilience. Often these threats are interactive and their cumulative effects on ecological

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Stream Health | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Scientists have developed ways to assess stream health by censusing the aquatic animal communities in human-impacted streams and comparing to the communities in pristine natural streams. Such efforts often focus on the stream invertebrate community, which includes aquatic insects, crayfish, and mussels. ... The traits represent the jobs and ...

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Internships | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Internships. Please note changes for summer 2021 program: The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is recruiting students for internships during the summer of 2021.In accordance with COVID-19 safety precautions, we will be unable to provide on-site housing for students, so we are interested in students who are looking for virtual internship opportunities as well as those that live ...

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Get Involved | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, MD 21037-0028 (443) 482-2200 Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm, except federal holidays

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Muddy Creek Restoration | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Streams provide important habitats and can improve water quality. But these ecosystem services can be disrupted in urbanized watersheds, where impervious surfaces accelerate runoff causing erosion of stream channels. Deeply eroded stream channels flush more sediment downstream and displace animals that live in those streams.

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Visitor Health Self-Check Questions | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) We're glad you're interested in returning to the SERC campus! On the day of your visit, prior to entry, please conduct a self-check of your health so we can keep all our visitors and staff safe: 1. Have you had any of the following NEW or UNUSUAL-FOR-YOU symptoms within the past 72 hours?

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Safety Officer: Safety and Occupational Health Specialist ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Job Type: Full-time, permanent, federal Application Deadline: April 12, 2021 Compensation: GS-11 ($72,750 per year with federal benefits) Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, Maryland) The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) invites applications for a Safety Officer (Safety & Occupational Health Specialist).SERC is a research institute of the …

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On-site Group Programs | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) SERC offers programs for organized groups of all ages and interests. Bring your scout troop, senior center, birding club, book club, summer camp, sports team, or group of friends to SERC for an exciting and educational hands-on program. Topics range from hands-on activities related to SERC science to general talks about the research conducted at SERC.

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Research Labs | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) We use spatial analysis and modeling to investigate nutrient discharges from watersheds, the role of wetlands in nutrient transport, the effects of watershed characteristics on aquatic health, and carbon storage in coastal wetlands. Principal Investigator: Donald Weller

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Land Use Impacts: Aquatic Ecology | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Human activities on land can have far-reaching consequences for life in the water. Fertilizers help crops and grass grow, but also release nitrogen and phosphorus into the water, where those nutrients fertilize the growth of algae. Massive algal blooms can block light, create low-oxygen “dead zones” and intensify coastal acidification, making life difficult or impossible for

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Parasite Ecology & Biogeography | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Parasites possess a remarkable range of traits that have important consequences for their ecology and distribution. These traits, including various life histories and behaviors, have evolved as strategies to locate available hosts, survive and disperse among hosts, reproduce, and persist. Some parasites are highly specific to a single host species, while others are generalists

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Chesapeake Bay Otter Alliance | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) In coastal areas where the land meets the sea, humans continue to increase in population size, thus necessitating new approaches to conservation and public health efforts in these areas. Using a charismatic semi-aquatic mammal to introduce and promote conservation and health-related issues, we hope to engage with local communities across the Chesapeake Bay,

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Nutrient Sources, Flows & Sinks | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Nutrient pollution, the key culprit behind massive algal blooms and low-oxygen “dead zones,” is damaging the health of bays and estuaries around the world. To keep excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from entering the water, scientists first need to trace them back to their sources and track how they flow through the watershed.

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Research Projects - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Smithsonian Interconnected Health Initiative aims to improve human and wildlife health by catalyzing research and action globally. Interconnected Health Initiative We’re looking for your help detecting mitten crabs – if you see this crab, please report it.

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Aquatic Food Webs | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Ecologists study food webs to describe the pathways by which energy (e.g. biomass) and nutrients (e.g. carbon) flow through ecosystems. The flow of energy through a food web is sensitive to changes within the ecosystem. In aquatic ecosystems, things like excess nutrient inputs, chemical contaminants and overfishing can interrupt the flow of energy and nutrients through the

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Chesapeake Bay Otter Alliance | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Chesapeake Bay Otter Alliance. T he Chesapeake Bay Otter Alliance is a group of researchers from across the Smithsonian and local universities, with a goal to study and educate the public about North American River Otters in the Chesapeake Bay. We need your help to figure out where these otters are in the Chesapeake Bay! Very little to no research has been done regarding the numbers, health ...

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Parasite & Disease Ecology | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Often small and inconspicuous, parasites are both abundant and taxonomically diverse, having profound effects on ecological and evolutionary processes. Parasites are ubiquitous across land, sea, and freshwater ecosystems, where they contribute greatly to the total biodiversity and biomass. Through evolutionary time, parasites have played a major role shaping the life history,

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Stream Ecology | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Streams are a crucial part of Earth’s circulatory system. They carry sediments, nutrients and other materials into rivers and lakes and on to the ocean. Healthy streams foster healthy rivers, lakes, and estuaries. But streams are also vital ecosystems on their own, providing wildlife habitat, protecting us from floods and supplying much of our drinking water.

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The "What" and the "Why" | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) We want monitor the health of streams in the Anacostia Watershed. To do this we are looking at a few things! We can look at tiny bottom-dwelling creatures called macroinvertebrates. They don’t have back bones, are visible with the naked eye (unlike most plankton), and form the link between producers and higher consumers in the food web.

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Marine Invasions Research | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Follow us on Twitter: @SERCinvasions Biological invasions - the establishment of species beyond their historical range - are a major force of ecological and evolutionary change. Our lab aims to understand the patterns, processes, and consequences of invasions in marine ecosystems on local to global scales. We have laboratories and staff on both coasts of North America, on

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Restoration Ecology | Smithsonian Environmental Research ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Restoration ecology seeks to restore the health, integrity and sustainability of ecosystems that have been degraded by human activities. Research on methods, application of active interventions and evaluations are important tools used to restore ecosystems for their inherent value and the ecosystem services they provide humans. Restoration ecology draws on concepts related to

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Methods | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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Fellowships | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Smithsonian Institution is committed to training the next generation of scientists to meet the environmental needs of the 21st century. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center offers a variety of fellowship opportunities to graduate, pre- and post-graduate students. Research topics of interest are located below. Please click on the appropriate accordion tab for more

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Ocean Acidification | Smithsonian Environmental Research ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Welcome to the Ocean Acidification Laboratory at SERC Ocean Acidification in a Nutshell Calcifying organisms such as corals are among those affected by ocean acidification. Photo credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that is an important greenhouse gas residing in our atmosphere. However, atmospheric levels of CO2 around the

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Fellow and Intern Projects | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Oyster reefs are vital to the health of Chesapeake Bay ecosystems because they filter water and serve as habitat for culturally and economically important species. However, oysters experienced a sharp and devastating decline during the 20 th century that has left the …

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Ecological Modeling | Smithsonian Environmental Research ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Ecological Modeling lab uses the quantitative tools of spatial analysis, mathematical modeling, and statistics to explore ecological questions in four general areas: the factors controlling nutrient discharges from watersheds, the role of wetlands in moderating nutrient transport, the relationships between watershed characteristics and the ecological health of wetlands,

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Smithsonian Researchers Develop Models to Assess Wetland ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Healthy wetlands perform vital ecological functions in a watershed. But assessing their condition and ability to perform those functions is not easy, especially as wetlands are disappearing fast due to human encroachment. In a special issue of the journal Wetlands Smithsonian, scientists report a promising method of wetland assessment that will help environmental mangers

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Marine Disease Ecology Projects | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Smithsonian Interconnected Health Initiative aims to improve human and wildlife health by catalyzing research and action globally. Interconnected Health Initiative We identify parasites that reside in the Rhode River, track yearly changes in diversity and abundance, and determine their impacts on ecosystem function, population dynamics, and ...

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Population Genetics | Smithsonian Environmental Research ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The use of genetic markers to study ecosystem health and function is a burgeoning line of scientific research. Studying the distribution and change in allele and gene frequencies helps us understand the how populations are impacted by environmental changes. What factors drive evolutionary change or stasis in a population? How much genetic variation exists within a population?

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The "What" and the "Why" | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, MD 21037-0028 (443) 482-2200 Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm, except federal holidays

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Digital Learning Resources | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) You can be a citizen scientist by assisting digital projects. Check out the projects below! Zooniverse is a popular citizen science platform that gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects.Work with 1.6 million registered users around the world to contribute to research projects led by hundreds of ...

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Ecological Modeling Projects | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Stream Health We study the water, sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus discharged from watersheds in stream water. We want to understand how they are controlled by weather, watershed inputs, and watershed characteristics.

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New Study Reveals Strong Connection Between Land Use in ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Twenty-five years after PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were banned, these toxic agents, known to cause significant health problems in humans and animals, are still turning up in dangerous levels in fish caught in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Surprisingly, it may not all be coming from high-suspect areas like Baltimore Harbor .

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Seeing the Big Picture: Wetland Ecology on a Grand Scale ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Ecologists Dennis Whigham, Donald Weller, and Thomas Jordan have been working on new ways to rapidly assess ecosystem health on a grand scale. Natural systems, like wetlands and forests, are much larger and much more complex than even the largest of man-made gardens.

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The "What" and the "Why" | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) This is why orchids can be key indicators of environmental health — and why they are so vulnerable to disturbances. Orchid ecology is complex, and scientists do not yet have all of the information needed to develop protocols for propagation, conservation and restoration for any North American orchid species.

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Virtual Field Trips & Talks | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The newly formed Chesapeake Bay Otter Alliance (CBOA) is a part of this initiative at SERC. It brings scientists from a variety of disciplines and organizations to learn about the ecology and biology of river otters of the Chesapeake Bay, including the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Conservation Research Center, the National Museum of Natural History, the Arundel Rivers Federation, the Urban ...

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Nutrient Pollution - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) A nutrient is any substance that provides nourishment, allowing life to grow and remain healthy. On land, nutrients can boost plant growth in farms and forests. But in the wrong place, in the wrong amount, nutrients can cause severe damage. The problem of having too many nutrients is known as eutrophication. In Chesapeake Bay and estuaries around the world, nutrients like

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Interns & Fellows | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is dedicated to fostering the development of the next generation of environmental scientists through an active fellowship and internship program with an international scope.

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Planning Your Visit | Smithsonian Environmental Research ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) For the Public. SERC's trails and dinghy dock are open to the public Monday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30pm, except for federal holidays. Check here for the new COVID-19 Visitor Guide and updated trail map. Before arriving, please do a self-health check by answering these health screening questions.. Please Check In: For information and security reasons, all visitors are asked to check in at the Reed ...

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On-site Group Programs Request Form | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Thank you for your interest in organizing a group field trip to SERC! By filling out the form below, you will help our education staff better prepare a program to suit your group. After you submit it, one of our staff will be in touch shortly to discuss details. We'll never sell your information, and any personally identifiable information you submit will not be shared outside

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Protecting Pollinators: A Natural History Approach ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, MD 21037-0028 (443) 482-2200 Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm, except federal holidays

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Things You "Otter" Know | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Q: So based upon your videos, what can you tell about the health of the Bay? We can't make any conclusive statements yet, we're just in the pilot stage of our studies. We can say that they are in the Bay, they're fairly wide spread from what we've seen so far, and that they aren't afraid of coming into human habitats (docks, piers, marinas, etc.)

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Nutrient & Other Element Cycles | Smithsonian ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) Some of the most powerful ecosystem players are not biological, but chemical. Many elements and compounds that cycle through the soil, water and air also cycle through organisms, impacting their health and their environments. Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus boost plant growth, but can have dangerous consequences when levels get too high—a phenomenon known as

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Global Tree Growth Project | Smithsonian Environmental ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) This citizen science project aims to measure how tree growth responds to weather and climate throughout the world. Classrooms and neighborhoods on different continents track growth with a simple but sensitive technique that can be used by anyone, anywhere. The tree banding network covers several thousand trees in more than 500 institutions, 48 U.S. states and 42 countries.

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The Ocean Is Losing Its Breath. Here's the Global Scope ...

Posted: (0 seconds ago) The Stakes “Approximately half of the oxygen on Earth comes from the ocean,” said Vladimir Ryabinin, executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission that formed the GO 2 NE group. “However, combined effects of nutrient loading and climate change are greatly increasing the number and size of ‘dead zones’ in the open ocean and coastal waters, where oxygen is too ...

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