Appalachian Laboratory

The Appalachian Laboratory is dedicated to the study of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. We seek to better understand the effects of natural and human-induced changes on organisms, landscapes, and biogeochemical and hydrological cycles. We then apply scientific results to unravel the consequences of environmental change, manage natural resources, restore ecosystems, and foster ecological literacy.

The Appalachian Laboratory is the headquarters and administrative lead of the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CW CESU), a partnership among 22 university/research institutions and 9 federal agencies whose members strive to understand and protect the natural and cultural resources of the region.

The Appalachian Laboratory is located in the mountains of western Maryland, the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. directions

For more information about the Appalachian Laboratory, please visit the "About AL" page.

Graduate Student Highlights

Miriam Johnston recently joined the MEES Graduate Program as a Maryland Sea Grant Research Fellow working with Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick.  Her research focuses on modeling and spatial mapping of biodiversity in Maryland streams, including the impacts of urbanization on fish and macroinvertebrate communities.  Her work will engage managers and stakeholders to inform the conservation and restoration of stream systems that contribute to the functioning of the Chesapeake Bay.


Cortney Pylant, a graduate student working with Dr. David Nelson and Dr. Stephen Keller, was recently awarded an EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship. Administered within EPA by the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), the STAR Fellowship Program promotes research to protect human health and the environment.  Cortney's research focuses on the impacts of wind turbine development on migratory bat populations.  Cortney is applying a novel combination of stable isotopes, genetics, and spatial modeling to address questions relating to migration patterns and how wind turbine mortality is impacting hoary and red bat population sizes and diversity in the Appalachian Mountains.

Upcoming Events

April 24, 2014
Name:  Stuart Schwartz Title: Slowflow Fingerprints of Urban Hydrology...
April 29, 2014
AL Brown Bag Seminar Series
May 8, 2014
Name:  Scott Goetz Title: Rapid change in the Arctic and the Tropics:...