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


A Lesson about the Bay – A Conversation between an Easton High School Student.
Emma Skoglund and Horn Point Scientist Larry Sanford.

Emma SkoglundLarry SanfordCaron Norton, an environmental science teacher at Easton High School asked her students to write a research paperona local issue and to contact a local science researcher. She believes that it is important to have students involved in their community by building awareness of local issues.  Further, she believes that kids can take more ownership of an issue when they have done their own exploration.   The result of this assignment is the following e-mail conversation between Emma Skoglund a ninth grade student, and Larry Sanford, PhD, faculty researcher at the Horn Point Laboratory. More...