The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is a leading research and educational institution working to understand and manage the world’s resources. 

Comprised of 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, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, UMCES 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.

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.

Headquarters: Cambridge, Maryland
Year founded: 1925
Faculty members: 70
Graduate students: 95
Research laboratories: 4

A globally eminent research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, UMCES is one of 12 institutions within the University System of Maryland.

UMCES has a unique statutory mandate to conduct a comprehensive scientific program to develop and apply predictive ecology for the improvement and preservation of Maryland’s physical environment. View our UMCES Annual Report 2019 and Strategic Initiatives.