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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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Amy Pelsinsky, Director of Communications
410-330-1389 / apelsinsky@umces.edu

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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

Chesapeake Bay Health score decreased in 2019

For the first time, Chesapeake Bay watershed health was scored as part of the 2019 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Report Card issued today by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). The overall Chesapeake watershed scored a B- grade for 2019.

Large rockfish leave Chesapeake Bay to become ocean migrators; smaller fish remain

A new electronic tagging study of 100 Potomac River striped bass sheds light on rockfish migration in Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast.

Disappearing Alaskan sea ice is significant for Arctic marine ecosystem

A new study shows that plant materials originating in Arctic sea ice are significantly incorporated into marine food webs that are used for subsistence in local communities of the greater Bering Strait region.

Recent News

Virtual Commencement 2020 to broadcast on May 29, 1 p.m.

Join us for a live webcast of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s virtual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

Chesapeake Bay Health score decreased in 2019

For the first time, Chesapeake Bay watershed health was scored as part of the 2019 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Report Card issued today by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). The overall Chesapeake watershed scored a B- grade for 2019.

Faculty Spotlight: An interview with Dr. Jamie Pierson

Just prior to all non-essential faculty and staff being ordered to work from home back in mid-March, Communications Specialist David Ferraris had a chance to sit down with Dr. Jamie Pierson in what has become the first in a series of faculty interviews.