The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, our scientists provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has a unique statutory mandate to conduct a comprehensive scientific program and apply predictive ecology for the improvement and preservation of Maryland's physical environment. This mission is accomplished through research, education, and public service.
A trusted scientific advisor to state and national leaders, our scientists provide unbiased research to inform public policy. UMCES has been a key leader in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort.
We work across disciplines and in diverse settings—from the Appalachian Mountains to the Arctic, from fisheries management to climate change—seeking solutions that improve people’s lives and our natural world.
Our top-notch faculty trains the next generation of environmental leaders who work side-by-side with their mentors to connect their passion for the environment to a greater good. Graduates find high-level employment in the public and private sectors, research, and environmental advocacy.
A globally eminent research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, UMCES has research locations from the mountains to the sea—the Appalachian Laboratory in the mountains of western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the Horn Point Laboratory on the Eastern Shore, and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of 12 universities in the University System of Maryland.