The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has a unique, state-directed mandate to “conduct a comprehensive program to develop and apply predictive ecology for Maryland to the improvement and preservation of the physical environment.”
This mandate drives our research and encourages our scientists to harness the power of science to help preserve and protect the environment. By focusing on science application, the Center seeks to broaden its influence beyond academia and help improve the daily lives of Maryland residents.
We provide the scientific basis for policymakers, advocates, and corporate and civic leaders to address pressing environmental issues in our communities.
From assessing the state-specific impacts of global warming for the Maryland Commission on Climate Change to gathering new scientific evidence about Chesapeake Bay restoration for Maryland’s BayStat initiative and identifying best management practices for shale gas development, the Center continues to advance our understanding of Maryland’s environment.