Cover image of Decoding the Deep Sediments: The Ecological History of Chesapeake Bay

Decoding the Deep Sediments: The Ecological History of Chesapeake Bay

Brush, Grace. 2017. UM-SG-CP-2017-01. $12.95. 72 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

Price: $12.95

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The sediments of Chesapeake Bay harbor a record of the Bay's ecology, from its "natural functioning" thousands of years before European colonization through post-Colonial settlement and the continuing forest clearance throughout the watershed. Translating that record into a history of ecological change has been the focus of Grace Brush's paleoecological research at the Johns Hopkins University for more than thirty years.

In Decoding the Deep Sediments, she explains the nature of the studies she and her colleagues have been engaged in and how they analyze the hundreds of sediment cores they have taken throughout the Chesapeake. Their work has demonstrated how the cutting down of trees and large-scale land-use changes have affected the Bay's ecosystem in massive runoff of sediment and nutrients, all of which have contributed to the decline of water quality. A major effect has been the shift from an ecosystem once dominated by benthic processes to one now dominated by pelagic processes.

A professor at Johns Hopkins University, Brush ends the book with cautious optimism about a possible future for the estuary as she looks ahead from this historical view. She predicts that, if the harmful effects of some human activities can be reduced through tree-planting and related efforts, the Chesapeake Bay could eventually transition toward a healthier, benthic-dominated ecosystem like that of its pre-Colonial past.


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Chesapeake Perspectives

Maryland Sea Grant launched this monograph series on the Chesapeake Bay, entitled Chesapeake Perspectives, as a platform for scholars, researchers, and other experts to share their insights into the Bay's physical, biological, and cultural complexities, its mysteries and conflicts.

The series of invited essays features a wide range of thinkers, including anthropologists, biologists, fisheries experts, environmental policy experts, and others in the social and physical sciences.

Copies of Chesapeake Perspectives are available for $9.95 each for the first three volumes, and $12.95 for the fourth and fifth. A free review copy may be available to educators and others. For information, contact us at communications@mdsg.umd.edu.

Cover image of Decoding the Deep Sediments: The Ecological History of Chesapeake Bay

Decoding the Deep Sediments: The Ecological History of Chesapeake Bay

Brush, Grace. 2017. UM-SG-CP-2017-01. $12.95. 72 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

Price: $12.95

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all working remotely and the bookstore is temporarily shut down. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Cover image of Managing the Chesapeake's Fisheries: A Work in Progress

Managing the Chesapeake's Fisheries: A Work in Progress

Houde, Edward D. 2011. UM-SG-CP-2011-01. $12.95. 128 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

Price: $12.95

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Cover image of Chesapeake Environmentalism: Rethinking Culture to Strengthen Restoration and Resource Management.

Chesapeake Environmentalism: Rethinking Culture to Strengthen Restoration and Resource Management.

Paolisso, Michael. 2011. UM-SG-CP-2011-02. $4.95. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

Price: $4.95

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Cover image of Inquiry in a Culture of Consensus: Science and Management for the Chesapeake Bay.

Inquiry in a Culture of Consensus: Science and Management for the Chesapeake Bay.

Matuszeski, William. 2008. UM-SG-CP-2008-01. ISBN 978-0-943676-68-5. $9.95. 48 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

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Cover image of Heritage Matters: Heritage, Culture, History, and Chesapeake Bay.

Heritage Matters: Heritage, Culture, History, and Chesapeake Bay.

Chambers, Erve. 2006. UM-SG-CP-2006-02. ISBN 978-0-943676-65-4. $9.95. 54 pp. A monograph in our Chesapeake Perspectives series.

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Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all working remotely and the bookstore is temporarily shut down. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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