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The Chesapeake Bay Center for Field Biology (CBCFB) is created as a division of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The center is located on 700 acres of land seven miles south of Annapolis, Maryland, on property called Java Farm bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institution in 1962 by Robert Lee Forest. CBCFB is an administrative unit of the Office of Ecology in the NMNH. The office is headed by Helmut K. Buechner, formerly professor of zoology, Washington State University. In 1969 it is renamed the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies (CBCES) and begins to focus on research programs in estuarine ecology. It is later renamed the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


  • Forest, Robert Lee
  • Buechner, Helmut K (Helmut Karl)
  • Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies)
  • Office of Ecology
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Java Farm Maryland
  • Chesapeake Bay Center for Field Biology (CBCFB)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 148.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 73.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology."

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 1, 1965


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