Research at the Horn Point Laboratory

The Horn Point Laboratory focuses its research efforts into four specialized areas:

Aquaculture Restoration Ecology Program

Horn Point Laboratory has a multi-disciplinary team of scientists which specialize in aquaculture of fish and shellfish, marsh and seagrass ecology, marine macrophyte tissue culture, and water quality of coastal systems and are actively involved in the science to support holistic and proactive restoration of oysters, submerged aquatic vegetation, fish, and wetlands.

Biological Oceanography

While Horn Point scientists are leaders in their respective fields, as a group, their strength lies in collaborative studies organized around central research themes such as food web ecology & modeling, harmful algal blooms, seagrass bed and marshland ecology, and the impacts of eutrophication.

Nutrient and Biogeochemical Cycles

The Chemical Oceanography group at Horn Point Laboratory has expertise in both water column and sedimentary chemistry. Although much of the work is concentrated in Chesapeake Bay, the lab's research spans the globe. Similarly our research interests include a wide variety of topics ranging from basic to applied research including instrument development. Much of our focus is on nutrients that in excess lead to eutrophication and oxygen deficiency, and that may promote harmful algal blooms. A particular interest is the processes that control fixed-nitrogen concentration over regional to global space scales, and hourly to geologic time-scales.

Physical Oceanography

The Physical Oceanography group at Horn Point Laboratory spans a diverse range of interests and research. Generally physical oceanographers are concerned with the motion of the ocean. This includes waves, currents, movement and erosion of sediments, pollutants and biology, interactions of the ocean with the atmosphere and the land surface, and the interactions of the ocean with climate variability.