What We Do:
We couldn't fulfill our mission without a dedicated crew of volunteers. Some of our researchers rely on citizen scientists--volunteers who actively help out with research projects in the field or in the lab. Citizen Scientists work with researchers to investigate a wide range of topics including environmental archaeology, forest biodiversity, invasive species distributions, and water quality issues. They become partners in discovery, finding answers to new questions and getting an inside look at science in the real world. In return, the scientists are able to gather information on a much larger scale than would be possible on their own.
Who We Are:
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is the leading national research center for understanding environmental issues in the coastal zone. The world‚??s coastal zones are home to roughly 70 percent of the global population and subject to intense activity. SERC ecologists conduct interdisciplinary studies at its headquarters on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland (and its marine invasions lab in Tiburon, California) and in coasts around the world, from the tropics of Central America to the seas of the South Pole.