Appalachian Laboratory


Visiting Scholar Seminar Series

Experts come to the Appalachian Laboratory from across the country to speak as part of the Visiting Scholar Seminar Series. Guests can enjoy a presentation and question-and-answer session at these free events. Seminars are held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 109 of the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Braddock Road, in Frostburg, unless otherwise specified. All sessions are open to the public.


Watershed Moments Community Learning Series

Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school or exit the workforce; learning lasts a lifetime. It’s with that belief in mind that the Appalachian Laboratory created the Watershed Moments Community Learning Series. Learn about the land, sea, and air around us from regionally and nationally known experts and artists. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to the series, the Lab offers adult learners the opportunity to engage their right and left brains as they learn more about the pressing environmental issues of our day, from endangered species to climate change, from water pollutants to improvements in air quality. These events are free and open to the public. 


Johnson Environmental Education Award

Each year, the Appalachian Laboratory presents the Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award to an individual or group in recognition of their contributions to environmental education. In April 2016, the Lab celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award.
Richard Johnson was a lifelong naturalist whose passions were simple—family, medicine, and birding. Johnson joined the Appalachian Laboratory Board of Visitors in 1988 and served as a member of the Executive Committee until his death in 1990 at the age of 53. As a board member, he directed the Foreign Student Support Program for international students participating in the graduate education programs of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.  


Citizens Restoring American Chestnuts

Originally funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Citizens Restoring American Chestnuts project represented a partnership between the American Chestnut Foundation and the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.  Over the period of two years, the project distributed seeds and seedlings obtained from different sources of American chestnuts to interested community members throughout western Maryland who agreed to report back to scientists on the overall health and survival of their trees.  


Each year, Appalachian Laboratory scientists offer a limited number of undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in research activities through internships with their various research projects. To date, students have assisted in measuring the mecury levels found in corn and other local produce and in identifying the source of nitrate found at field sites following major storm events.  In addition to project-related activities, students also have the opportunity to read and discuss journal articles related to the field of study with their intersnship supervisors and graduate students and to participate in faculty seminars and other Laboratory-sponsored events during their internships.    

Visit our internship site to learn more about past interns and their projects, as well as upcoming opportunities. 


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