ESTC Workshops--Keystone Species (Virginia)

This workshop series was held at the Rice Center in Charles City, Virginia, on February 21 and March 21, 2013.

The Chesapeake Bay is known for the abundance of fish and shellfish that have made the Bay their home throughout history. Today, environmental and other pressures on Bay species and the health of those populations may be changing the complex trophic interactions within the Bay system. These pressures are coming from not only harvest, but changes in land use, expanding human populations, invasive species, disease, and more. The scientific community is constantly trying to better understand these important species and the way they interact with each other and the broader environment. This workshop series, conducted in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, brought together scientists and educators to learn about and discuss the history, current understanding, and future outlook for important (keystone) plants and animals in the Chesapeake Bay.