- About AL
- Research at AL
- Aquatic Ecology
- Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology
- Conservation & Restoration Ecology
- Landscape Ecology
- Biologically-Optimized Environmental Classification of Maryland Streams
- 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
- Predicting Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise
- Landscape Controls on Seasonal Timing and Growing Season Length
- Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry
- Seminar Series
- Chesapeake Watershed CESU
- Central Appalachians Stable Isotope Facility
- Citation Classics from AL
The Appalachian Laboratory (AL) was founded in 1962, and is located in the mountains of western Maryland, in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Faculty at the Laboratory conduct research in aquatic ecology, landscape and watershed ecology, conservation biology and restoration ecology, behavioral and evolutionary ecology, and study both freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems of Maryland and other locations in the United States and the world.
AL is a member of the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers. 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 CW CESU is part of the CESU national network of 17 similar partnerships. The primary objective of the network is to foster stewardship of the environment through collaborative research, technical assistance and education that support integrated ecosystem management.
Environmental education is an important part of the mission of the Appalachian Laboratory, aimed at motivating future generations to be environmentally literate and to understand the importance of an ecologically healthy environment. Through this effort, the Lab educates teachers, students, and other members of our western Maryland community how to be wise stewards of our valuable natural resources.
The Appalachian Laboratory recognizes local citizens for their outstanding contributions to environmental education through an award given in honor of the late Richard A. Johnson.
To learn more, please visit AL’s history page.