About HPL

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The Horn Point Laboratory, in the historic town of Cambridge, is nestled on the banks of the Choptank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The faculty, staff, and students of the laboratory engage in research on the biology, chemistry, physics, and ecology of organisms and ecosystems from the wetlands and estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay to the continental shelf and the world's oceans. Areas of scientific expertise include physical and biological oceanography, marsh and wetland ecology, nutrient dynamics and eutrophication, genetic and molecular biology, biogeochemistry, systems ecology, benthic-pelagic interactions, and shellfish aquaculture.

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)

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.

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.