While technically Dr. Michael Roman’s area of expertise is oceanography. it may be more accurate to say “bayography,” if that was an actual word, since a considerable amount of his time as director of the Horn Point Laboratory has been focused on the Chesapeake Bay since he arrived in 1983.
Working with a team of talented researchers and graduate students, the Horn Point Lab, located just a few miles outside of Cambridge, has, under his direction, has played a critical role in monitoring the Bay’s ecosystem functions, water quality, and overall environmental health.
That role just got quite a bit larger after it was announced in February that Horn Point would take the lead in a two-year study to determine the amount of sediment and associated nutrients present in major entry points to the Lower Susquehanna River Reservoir System and the upper Chesapeake Bay. This represents an important next step of research as a follow-up of a recent study led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that analyzed the movement of sediment and associated nutrients in the Chesapeake.
In his interview with the Spy, Dr. Roman talks about the importance of this research project, the tools used to conduct it, and the transparency and access of the data collected throughout the study.
This video is approximately eight minutes in length