Horn Point Laboratory


In working toward its mission to train the next generation of environmental scientists and encourage passion for the field, Horn Point Laboratory offers educational opportunities for all ages. The lab has educational facilities available for unique lessons in environmental science, offers a strong graduate student program that encourages lab- and field-based studies, and opens to the public for faculty and student presentations.

Graduate education

Horn Point Laboratory is a unique setting for research and graduate studies. Horn Point’s team of faculty and student researchers are working to develop new scientific approachesto help solve environmental management problems facing our region, nation, and the world. From the vast Arctic Ocean to the local streams of Dorchester County, HPL is constantly pioneering new frontiers in environmental science.


Ian Morris Scholar in Residence

The Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) established the Ian Morris Scholar in Residence program in 1989 to honor the memory of the late Dr. Ian Morris, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) from 1981 through 1988. Ian’s Morris contribution to the successful growth and scientific reputation of UMCES was enormous. He used his strong leadership capabilities to recruit more than a dozen outstanding scientists to join UMCES to conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, its watershed and the oceans.


K-12 education

With its environmental education facilities located on the banks of the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore, the Horn Point campus is designed for scientific exploration and understanding of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The campus is available for lease to providers of environmental education programs for students and teachers. Science-based programs possible at the facilities help connect adults and children to the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and issues related to natural resource sustainability and the people-land-water connection.


Public education

Horn Point Laboratory welcomes its faculty and students to present their latest research during public seminars, held throughout the year. These seminars are free and open to the public; community members are welcome to learn more about our latest findings and what it means to them. These events usually include a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.


Ryan Saba Memorial Student Fellowship

The Ryan Saba Annual Student Fellowship Award was established by his family and friends to honor and remember Ryan Saba who was a research assistant at the Horn Point Laboratory beginning in the fall of 2013. Ryan tragically died in an automobile accident near the campus on July 13, 2014. The Ryan Saba Memorial Endowment Fund is intended to honor Ryan by supporting a Horn Point Laboratory student in the pursuit of his or her professional goals and dreams in the field of environmental science.


Summer internships

The Horn Point Oyster Culture Facility, based at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory, invites students to join the hatchery team for a summer internship. During this opportunity, students can learn all aspects of oyster culture, including broodstock managment, spawning, larval culture, algal culture, settlement, outplanting, deployment and facility maintenance. Interns will be expected to assist in all facets of hatchery operation, but may also assist in hatchery experiments under the supervision of a faculty member.