University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, our scientists provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.

UMCES has a unique statutory mandate to conduct a comprehensive scientific program and apply predictive ecology for the improvement and preservation of Maryland's physical environment. This mission is accomplished through research, education, and public service.

A globally eminent research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, UMCES has research locations from the mountains to the sea—the Appalachian Laboratory in the mountains of western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the Horn Point Laboratory on the Eastern Shore, and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore.

Our Integration and Application Network produces the annual Chesapeake Bay Report Card and assesses ecosystem health around the world, and we administer the Maryland Sea Grant College.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of 12 universities in the University System of Maryland.

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