Student Forum

Congrats to our new graduates!

Tuesday marked the fourth annual commencement ceremony for UMCES. Students, faculty, adminstrators, and family members gathered for an outdoor ceremony at Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg. Nine students participated in the ceremony, though a total 18 students earned their doctorate or master's degrees for the 2016-2017 school year.


3 questions for...

Hadley McIntosh

Graduate student working to understand methane concentration in the Arctic

What do you study? The Arctic is increasing in temperature faster than anywhere else globally and we need a better understanding of the natural release of methane, an important greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. My study region in the Western Canadian Arctic has 45,000 lakes, including deep permafrost thaw lakes, shallow lakes that flood annually, and lakes overlying known natural gas and oil fields. I’m working to quantify methane concentration and determine its sources to better understand greenhouse gas dynamics in the Arctic. We wanted to see how lake systems are now and how they could be potentially affected by changes in the future.

Why UMCES? I chose Chesapeake Biological Laboratory to work with Dr. Laura Lapham because her research intrigued me, and I wanted to do interesting, scientifically relevant research that will benefit both the scientific community and society.

What are your future plans? I expect to play a critical role as a communicator between scientists, policy makers, and the general public as a research scientist and policy advisor. I want to work for a government agency as a scientist advising on policy issues or as a policy maker using my strong scientific background to make sound environmental policy.

Read Hadley's full Q&A and find more interviews on our Student Stories page. 

Graduate Student Council Representatives

Appalachian Laboratory

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Horn Point Laboratory

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Where are they now?

Astronaut Ricky Arnold, Biotech start-up founder Ryan Powell, and Secretary of Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles Verónica Cáceres Chamorro are each leaving their mark on this world, but despite their different careers, they were all once graduate students at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Visit the Alumni Profiles page to learn more about these and other UMCES graduates.


Maryland Sea Grant

MD Sea Grant has an opening in their extension program for a coastal climate specialist. Joining their talented team of extension experts in water resources, the new position will be expected to develop and lead programming focusing on issues facing coastal communities in Maryland. The position announcement with details of the job can be found at A master’s degree is a minimum requirement, applicants holding a PhD are encouraged to apply. The University of Maryland provides an excellent benefits package with this position. For best consideration please apply by April 30, 2017.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is currently seeking individuals to teach marine-science related courses over the summer in:

For more information about these positions, site locations, program dates, and access to their online employment application, please see their website,, or contact them at or 410-735-6185.


PERMANOVA+ for PRIMER Workshop on Multivariate Analysis in Ecology (& other Sciences) - March 6-10, 2017

This is a 5-day PERMANOVA+ workshop led by the instigator of these methods, Prof Marti J. Anderson FRSNZ (New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University), an ecological statistician whose initial training in marine ecology and subsequent move into theoretical statistics led to the development of these methods for analyzing more complex structured designs found in ecology and a similarly wide range of disciplines, in which the ability to handle multivariate data is key. March 6-10, 2017 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.


Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day - April 25-26, 2017

Scientists and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are invited to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC. There is no cost to participate, however, space is limited.


UMES AFS Tidewater Chapter subunit meeting: DelMarVa's Aquatic Resources and Ecosystems - April 28, 2017

Location: Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center in Berlin, MD. Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:30am - 8:30pm.


Please review our Information on UMCES Students and Graduate Programs for guidelines and statistics about UMCES Students.  

Information, guidance, and expectations of UMCES students in the Student Handbook.