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The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is the premier research and educational institute working to understand and manage our world‘s natural resources. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Arctic, from fisheries to climate change, we pursue solutions to improve people‘s lives and our natural world and train the next generation of science leaders.

UMCES Research Locations


Appalachian laboratory

Since 1962, the Frostburg-based Appalachian Laboratory has actively studied the effects of land-use change on the freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems of western Maryland.

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Chesapeake biological laboratory

As the oldest publicly supported marine laboratory on the East Coast, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has forged a rich scientific heritage from its Solomons Island home since 1925.

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Horn Point Laboratory

Encompassing more than 800 acres along the Choptank River in Cambridge, the Horn Point Laboratory has advanced society’s understanding of the world’s estuarine and ocean ecosystems.

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Located on Baltimore's Inner Harbor, UMCES researchers at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology are seeking biotech-based solutions to protecting marine ecosystems.

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Maryland Sea Grant

For more than 30 years, the Maryland Sea Grant College has fostered strong connections between researchers and natural resource managers working to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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Lab summary

With locations strategically placed between the mountains and sea, UMCES research laboratories provide scientists direct access to Maryland's diverse natural ecosystems.

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