Horn Point Laboratory

The Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) is an environmental research facility of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) the principal institution for advanced environmental research and graduate studies within the University System of Maryland. Other UMCES research locations include the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, and the Maryland Sea Grant College in College Park. Horn Point Laboratory is located on the banks of the Choptank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Directions are here.

The laboratory is located in history-rich Dorchester County. To find out more about our lab’s past, feel free to browse the Colonial History of Horn Point (pdf) by faculty member Court Stevenson.

Directed by Professor Michael Roman, HPL is a member of the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories (SAML) and the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML)

Oyster Recycling Center at Horn Point


Oysters are not the only part of the Horn Point Laboratory. From predicting and tracking Atlantic Ocean hurricanes analyzing water quality to the study of critters from bacteria to sturgeon--learn more about our many and varied restoration and applied science projects for the Bay and around the world in an article by Dick Cooper in the Tidewater Times magazine.

Dr. Bill Boicourt with glider at HPL

Upcoming Events

February 4, 2015
Stewart Bruce (Washington College) "Radical and disruptive innovations in...
February 11, 2015
Pat Glibert (UMCES/HPL) "Changing nutrient loads and ratios and effects on...
February 18, 2015
Rosa I. León Zayas (University of Delaware) "Uncovering novel metabolic...