Appalachian Laboratory

Located in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) conducts research on land and water ecosystems, with an emphasis on Western Maryland’s rich and diverse environment. 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. 

Founded in 1962, AL is home to more than 40 faculty, research associates, graduate students, staff and post-doctoral fellows, and is part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Our scientists advise national and state leaders on air and water quality, wildlife management, and land conservation while also training and engaging tomorrow’s researchers and environmental stewards through advanced degree offerings, citizen science initiatives, and K-12 curriculum development. 

The Appalachian Laboratory is the headquarters and administrative lead of the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CW CESU) whose members strive to understand and protect the natural and cultural resources of the region.

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

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