Chesapeake Bay BioBlitz 2018

Wachapreague, Virgina 

July 15-28, 2018

Submitted​ by Matt Ogburn

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and MarineGEO teamed up to lead a successful BioBlitz in July 2018. A total of 28 participants from Smithsonian and six partner institutions focused sampling on macroinvertebrates to complement previous collections of fish, decapods, and mollusks by SERC’s Chesapeake Bay Barcode Initiative (CBBI). A total of about 385 species were collected of which 283 (nearly ¾!) were identified fully to species, demonstrating how well the local fauna are already known. The BioBlitz added about 256 species to the CBBI database, increasing it to approximately 50% coverage of macro-invertebrates in the region. Despite the extensive scientific research conducted in Chesapeake Bay, at least 8 undescribed species are also recognized from the collections based on morphology alone, and more are expected as genetic data become available. Thanks to everyone who participated and provided funding support (Global Genome Initiative, MarineGEO, SERC) for a highly successful effort!