Appalachian Laboratory


The Appalachian Laboratory has a strong history of involvement with K-12 and public science education as well as with graduate education.

Public Engagement at the Center

With collaborators in Maryland and across the U.S., we lead innovative programming and research focused on public education with science.  This includes citizen science, stealth science, communities of practice, the role of scientists in outreach, embedded assessment, and more.  Our work applies research on how people learn, and often connects to environmental science research conducted by our science staff.


Graduate education

Appalachian Laboratory plays a leadership role in both the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) program at the University of Maryland, College Park and the graduate programs of the Department of Biology at Frostburg State University. Both courses offered and types of student research directed by AL faculty, reflect strengths in landscape and watershed ecology, aquatic ecology, conservation and restoration ecology, and evolutionary and behavioral ecology.