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Harmful Chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay

Location: John S. Toll Science Center

January 15, 2013
Naval Academy oceanographer Joseph Smith will share research on how chemicals leach from sediment and their long-term effects on water quality.

Chestertown, MD – U.S. Naval Academy oceanography professor Joseph Smith will visit Washington College on Tuesday, January 22 to share his work on how biogeochemical cycling affects the health of the Chesapeake Bay. His talk, “Improving model predictions for the biogeochemical cycling of reactive constituents in sub-estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay,” will take place at 5:00 p.m. in Litrenta Hall, Toll Science Center.

A geochemist and oceanographer who serves as an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy, Smith has studied the interaction of sediments and water around the globe, including the Yangtze and Hudson rivers. He focuses on how to trace and contain potentially harmful contaminants. CDR Smith has studied the impacts of anthropogenic activity on the costal, estuarine, and marine environment from dam construction, wastewater inputs, and sediment contamination and redistribution. 

In his research, Smith uses radiochemical and biogeochemical tracers and other cutting-edge technologies to trace the cycling of materials between sediment and water and to investigate how materials in estuarine waters and sediments change through time. His current work concerns the fates of materials that may be disruptive to the healthy functions of the Chesapeake Bay and its sub-estuaries.

The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, is free and open to the public.  For information, contact Rachel Field 410-810-7162.


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