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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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Recent Press Releases

Significant increase in freshwater entering Arctic Ocean through Bering Strait

A new study has confirmed that over the past 30 years the volume of freshwater flowing through Bering Strait into the Arctic Ocean has increased by 40-50%, which means that the Arctic Ocean is becoming less salty.

Lois Colaprete joins University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Lois Colaprete joins the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) as Vice President for Advancement, effective July 1.

Chesapeake Bay Health Score Held Steady in 2021

The 2021 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card issued today by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) gives the overall Chesapeake watershed a grade of C+ for 2021. The Chesapeake Bay health score improved slightly from 45 to 50, a grade of C.

Recent News

Appalachian Laboratory launches Inspiration Award on 60th anniversary

The Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is pleased to announce the launch of the Appalachian Laboratory Inspiration Award in commemoration of the Laboratory’s 60th anniversary.

Celebrating 10 billion oysters—born and raised by UMCES—planted in Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan led a ceremonial oyster planting in August to mark the significant milestone of 10 billion oysters planted in the Chesapeake Bay, all of them born and raised at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Oyster Hatchery.

Next Generation: Alan Williams

Alan William's research focuses on measuring how clouds of underwater mud, silt, and clay that form when the sediment is disturbed, called suspended sediment plumes, within oyster leases are reduced with improvements to oyster aquaculture technology, specifically when dredges are replaced with