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: 100
Graduate students: 85
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 2016 Annual Report.