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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

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Recent Press Releases

Maryland scientists crack blue crab’s genetic code

Researchers at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor have published the first full reference genome sequence for the blue crab.

Climate change in focus in online community learning series

Leading experts will be featured in an online series on climate change and its impacts this fall. The free, online webinars run from 7- 8 p.m. each Tuesday beginning September 28.

Researchers release first-of-its-kind quantitative assessment for sustainable agriculture

For the first time, scientists have assembled a quantitative assessment for agriculture sustainability for countries around the world based not only on environmental impacts, but economic and social impacts, as well.

Recent Press

Atlantic sturgeon: Not the ‘ghosts’ I once thought they were

Southern Maryland News Online
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UMCES Bay Plastic Pollution Study to Use Drones, Infrared

Chesapeake Bay Magazine
January 10, 2022

UMD studies microplastics in water

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University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
January 5, 2022

Recent News

New study tracks microplastics in watershed

This two-year project will study the fate and transport of microplastics, providing a baseline of understanding of what kind of plastics exist in the waterway and how they move through coastal systems

Next Generation: Olivia Pares

"My research focuses on the disease ecology of a pathogen called Callinectes sapidus reovirus I that infects blue crabs...Research on the dynamics of these pathogens is vital because the reovirus causes mortality to an economically and ecologically important species."

Horn Point Laboratory scientists journey to Thailand to collaborate on global stressors to marine ecosystems

Despite widely different climate, the waters of southern Thailand and the Chesapeake Bay experience similar climate and human stressors.