SENCER Center for Innovation

Chesapeake Bay



About SCI-Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay SENCER Center for Innovation is a new collaboration of faculty from universities and colleges in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia focused on the complex issues associated with our most important regional natural resource, the Chesapeake Bay.

Combining expertise in undergraduate teaching, course design, and research, faculty from the SCI-Chesapeake Bay institutions bring interdisciplinary expertise to a variety of long-standing problems associated with alterations of the natural ecosystems that once sustained the Bay. Collaborations will improve faculty development, increase opportunities for undergraduate student learning and research, and stimulate improved public awareness of complex issues associated with the Bay.


Recent Events, Symposia, and Activities


SCI-Chesapeake Bay Spring 2016 Meeting: Creating Partnerships for Greater Impact

April 23-24, 2016

Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation
Front Royal, VA

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About the Host Institution: George Mason University

George Mason University, an institution that has been substantially involved in SENCER since the beginning of the community, serves as the host institution for SCI-Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Thomas Wood of George Mason University serves as SCI-Chesapeake Bay co-director.




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Chesapeake Bay


Dr. Thomas Wood

George Mason University

Leadership Council

Dr. Gillian Backus

Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Sarah Haines

Towson University

Dr. Cindy Klevickis

James Madison University

Dr. Woody McKenzie

Lynchburg College

Dr. Melanie Szulczeski

University of Mary Washington

Dr. Andrew Velkey

Christopher Newport University