NSF CREST Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics (CISCEP)

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) CREST Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics (CISCEP) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore exposes students, especially those from underrepresented populations, to the marine sciences through summer internships, paid undergraduate and graduate level positions, and K-12 outreach activities. 

    Faculty, researchers and students at all levels participate in vital research on the coastal ecosystems of the Maryland Coastal Bays (MCBs), broken into three collaborative subprojects that address the influence of climate variability on (1) food web dynamics, (2) exchange of materials between MCBs and coastal ocean, and (3) microbial dynamics in the MCBs for which not much is known. The projects will generate data that will be used to describe feeding habits of selected fish species, trophic relationships, and food web dynamics in the MCBs.


  • CREST-Logo NSF CREST Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics 

    Funding Agency: National Science Foundation 
    Award Number: 1547821

    Leveraged Programs:
    NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
    Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Marine and Estuarine Science
    Geosciences Bridge Program