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A globally eminent research institution advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science provides sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment and prepares future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.

Our scientists work across disciplines and in diverse settings—from the Appalachian Mountains to the Arctic, from fisheries to climate change—to understand and discover solutions to challenges in the Chesapeake Bay and around the world. As a trusted advisor to state and national leaders, our world-renowned faculty provide the scientific basis for policymakers and civic leaders to address pressing environmental issues in our communities and around the globe, from sustaining health crab and oyster fisheries to protecting coastal communities from sea-level rise.

We train and inspire the nation’s next generation of environmental leaders as institutions as part of the University System of Maryland’s nationally ranked graduate program in marine and estuarine science. Our graduates conduct research at major universities, manage natural resources in public agencies, and advocate for policy solutions and drive entrepreneurial innovation in the private sector.

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UMCES Annual Report 2019

Find out more about the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in the latest Annual Report.

Recent Press Releases

NSF award supports UMCES-led coalition to study climate change strategies for nation’s estuaries and bays

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a coalition of scientists from around the country to study the impact of storms, sea-level rise, and climate change on estuaries and bays.

Marine life, fisheries increasingly threatened as the ocean loses oxygen

Scientists warn that the loss of oxygen from the world’s ocean is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems.

Warming climate will impact dead zones in Chesapeake Bay

Researchers including Ming Li and Wenfei Ni factored in local impacts of climate change to make projections of what the oxygen content of the Chesapeake Bay will look like in the future.

Recent News

Broodstock: The Unsung Heroes of an Oyster Hatchery

Broodstock is defined as a group of mature individuals used in aquaculture for breeding purposes. At the HPL oyster hatchery it means mature adult male and female oysters, which have been placed in floats and plunked into the cool waters of the laboratory’s tidal basin every fall.

Environmental intelligence for a changing world

In February, President Peter Goodwin shared highlights of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s long-term commitments on behalf of Maryland to members of General Assembly House and Senate committees as part of budget testimony.

Next Generation: Chelsea Wegner on Shrinking Sea Ice

"My research is looking for signatures of ice algae contributions throughout the Bering and Chukchi Sea using unique sea ice biomarkers.