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Humans and aquatic organisms alike flock to Coastal environments. About half of the US population lives along our shorelines, and about 75% of commercially important fish species utilize and depend upon coastal environments. With such at stake, we must study, protect and conserve these ecosystems. The Center will strive to connect students with coastal environments, research important issues, and provide local opportunities to make a change.
Something as simple as water from a downspout contributes to a number of unwanted consequences. Roofs and other impervious surfaces alter natural hydrology, increasing the volume of stormwater runoff. This has a variety of impacts including streambank erosion, potholes, unwanted algae from nutrient pollution, bacterial contamination, and flash floods. Fortunately, there are simple, low-cost ways to help decrease the volume of runoff, and minimize the pollutant potential of surface water leaving our properties. More info...
Registration is open for the Coastal Studies Semester this fall. Click here for more information.
Join us Friday October 14th at 7pm for a fascinating presentation by Kaid Benfield. People Habitat: Eight Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Communities. Kaid will take questions from the audience and sign his most recent book “People Habit” after the talk. The talk will take place at Hood College, Rosenstock Building, Hodson Auditorium, […]
MARINE BIOLOGIST PRESENTS “THE TRUTH ABOUT SHARKS” A marine biologist with more than two decades of higher education teaching experience will speak about shark ecology at Hood College Sept. 30. John F. Morrissey, Ph.D., will describe the diversity and varied biology found in sharks and rays from around the world during his talk, entitled “The Truth […]
We are please to announce that the Center was place with our fourth Chesapeake Conservation Corp Member for the year. We welcome Jeff Mattheiss to the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. Jeff will be working with us on water quality monitoring, bacterial sampling of local streams and more.
The Hood Biology Department and Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies were invited to participate in a Cownose Ray Workshop convened by NOAA at the National Aquarium in Baltimore last week. The objective of the workshop was to summarize the state of scientific understanding of the species and determine where gaps in our knowledge still […]
The Computer Science Department and the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies are completing the testing phase for our prototype ASV (autonomous surface vehicle). The “RoBoat” can be programmed to survey small lakes and reservoirs. It collects spatially-indexed depth data that can be used to map the bottom contours of a lake or pond. We […]