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Publications, News, Speakers, and Activities

Students in ENVR 460: The Bay in Words and Pictures, produced their own publication, Chesapeake Stories, over the fall semester.  Featuring instruction and practice in both journalism and photography, the course requires students to go out into Bay-area communities to find stories, conduct interviews, and capture images.  Explore the first issue virtually below—click on the icon in the bottom right corner under the image to view it full screen.


Disappearing Islands: A Culture at Risk

Disappearing IslandsA Dialogue by Island Leaders & Bay Experts

Feb. 11, 2-5:30 PM | The Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD

Co-hosted with Upstream Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Water is threatening two islands poised in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay: Smith Island and Tangier Island. Within a matter of decades, these islands, along with their culture, could vanish. This celebration of Tangier and Smith Island culture told by the island's leaders will be an emotional tribute to our bay heritage and its formidable challenges. Dialogue will include Tangier Mayor Ooker Eskridge, Tangier's top waterman Lonnie Moore, famed Smith Island cake maker Mary Ada Marshall, Smith Island Pastor Everett Landon, and sea level expert Dr. Bill Boicourt.

Our own Tom Horton, an award-winning author and former island resident, will provide reflections and show clips of his and Dave Harp's yet to be released film on sea level rise in Dorchester County. 

The plight of these islands are emblematic of the vulnerability of our coastal communities worldwide, and a call to action for us all. Reception follows the on stage program, to include sampling of Mary Ada's Smith Island layer cake, shucked oysters, and other refreshments. Facebook event page >

2-3:00 PM Cake Baking Demonstration by Mary Ada Marshall - 
RSVP for $20 ticket OR pre-order $30 cake (Pre-order deadline: 2/1/18) 

3-4:30 PM Dialogue on the Future of the Islands
Purchase $20 ticket here 

4:30-5:30 PM Reception - Cake Tasting, Oysters, Refreshments

 Spring 2018 Lecture Series

High Tide in Dorchester
Wednesday, February 21 •  Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 7 p.m.

A film by Tom Horton, David Harp, and Sandy Cannon Brown. The future of climate change is here and now in Maryland’s lowest-lying county, projected to shrink from fourth largest in land area of Maryland’s 23 counties to fourteenth by the end of this century.  Film runs 45 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the Fulton Dean’s office.

Note: This is the Maryland premiere, the film officially premieres at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., in March.

Quantifying the Socioeconomic Benefits of Observing Earth from Space
Wednesday, March 7 • Devilbiss Hall (DH) 123, 5:30 p.m.

Yusuke Kuwayama, a researcher with Resources for the Future, will discuss how, as satellite technology grows more refined and powerful, so do significant opportunities to use vast quantities of new Earth observation data to improve decision-making and solve pressing problems. Accurately assigning an economic value to the data gathered by satellites and aircraft is critical to ensuring environmental and human health as well as financial well being around the world.

Chernobyl and the Anthropocene
Wednesday, April 18 • Devilbiss Hall  (DH) 123, 7 p.m.

Kate Brown, Professor of History at UMBC will talk about her research on the environmental and medical consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.


Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Indigenous Landscapes of Delmarva
Wednesday, September 20 • Conway Hall 153, 7 p.m.

Jeff Kirwan, emeritus professor and Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation extension specialist, has spent his career conducting research on indigenous ecology and cultural landscapes, particularly on Delmarva. A member of the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians on his native Eastern Shore of Maryland, he shares an overview of his findings on how indigenous peoples have managed the landscapes of Delmarva. Co-sponsored by the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture

Lessons from the Forest
Wednesday, October 25 • Conway Hall 153, 7 p.m.

An SU emeritus professor of biology and one of the founding members of SU’s Environmental Studies program, Joan Maloof is now the executive director of the Old Growth Forest Network, an NGO that she founded to promote old growth forest preservation throughout the U.S. She discusses our native forests: what is happening to them and what should be done to preserve them.

Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation & Future
Wednesday, November 29 • Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 7 p.m.

Nabb Center Lecture: Kate Livie, associate curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, discusses the history and future of oysters in the Chesapeake. Based on her book Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future, winner of the Maryland Historical Society’s 2016 Brewington Book Prize. In this lecture, she will provide an overview of the history and prospects for the on-going attempts at restoring the Bay's once plentiful oyster population.

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Colloquium Series and Fulton School.

Bike Loan Program

Want a faster way to get from class to class or across campus?  Then try the ENVR Bike Loan Program - it's free! It's just like checking out a book out of the library - all you have to do is fill out the liability waiver, bring it to the ENVR house, give it to the program specialist, and you will be given a bike to borrow. The loan includes a bike, helmet, lock, and two pannier bags.

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