Guiding the Nation

don boesh at national press club podium

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researchers not only have a reputation for developing innovative scientific approaches, they also are also known for using that newfound information to change the way others view today’s pressing environmental problems.

At the national level, our scientists serve on a large number of boards, contribute to science panels, organize scientific conferences and design award-winning partnerships to help improve the way we manage the environment.

Leading National Partnerships

The Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) is a NOAA-funded partnership of research institutions, resource managers, and private sector companies dedicated to fostering the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and platforms.

UMCES is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several leading marine research institutions to launch the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region - a multi-year research collaborative that brings together more than 200 ocean scientists in an effort to better understand the complexities of North Atlantic region. By uniting federal and academic marine scientists in the Northeast, CINAR will combined resources in a new effort to understand how the large marine ecosystem off the northeastern U.S. functions.

The Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC) is a State of Maryland initiative that provides test facilities, expertise, information and decision tools to address key environmental issues facing the international maritime industry.

Individual Leadership

Dr. Thomas Miller is serving on a National Research Council Committee to study water use and fisheries in the California Bay Delta.  The committee is part of a larger federal plan to ease the growing water crisis in Southern California.

Dr. Donald Boesch is serving as Vice Chair of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council and a member of the National Academies Committee on America's Climate Choices.

Drs.  Margaret Palmer and Keith Eshleman recently led a group of top scientists in a push for a moratorium on mountaintop mining permits with an article published in the journal Science.