- About AL
- Research at AL
- Aquatic Ecology
- Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology
- Conservation & Restoration Ecology
- Landscape Ecology
- Plant Community Response to Changes in Water
- Extinction Risk of the Delmarva Fox Squirrel
- Potomac Initiative
- Quantifying Feedbacks in Desert Vegetation
- Remote Sensing and Forest Disturbance
- Medium-resolution Phenology and Forest Productivity
- Biologically-Optimized Environmental Classification of Maryland Streams
- Predicting Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise
- Landscape Controls on Seasonal Timing and Growing Season Length
- Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry
- Acid-Base Status of Western Maryland Streams
- BMP's for Natural Gas Drilling
- Modeling Stream Distribution and Stream Burial in Large River Basins
- Improvements in Surface Water Quality Due to Declining Atmospheric N Deposition
- Land Use Changes on Stormflow Dynamics
- Piney Creek Reservoir Assessment
- Relationship Between Wetlands and Mercury in Brook Trout
- Seminar Series
- Chesapeake Watershed CESU
- Central Appalachians Stable Isotope Facility
- Give to AL
- For the Community
Located at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) conducts world-class research on land and water ecosystems, with an emphasis on Western Maryland’s rich and diverse environment. Founded in 1962 with four faculty members in a hardware store, AL is now home to more than 45 faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows, grad students, and staff in 47,000 square-foot facility.
From genes to ecosystems, our scientists advise national and state leaders on air and water quality, wildlife management, and land, stream and wetland conservation. We house the Central Appalachians Stable Isotope Facility or CASIF (one of only a handful of dedicated stable isotope research facilities in the nation), and serve as the lead for the Chesapeake Watershed CESU.
AL is committed to training and engaging tomorrow's researchers and environmental stewards, from pioneering hands-on citizen science projects to offering Masters and Doctorate-level degree programs.
For additional information about our lab, please visit About AL or call 301-689-7102.