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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

Late-season Arctic research cruise reveals unseasonably warm ocean temperatures and active ecosystem

Arctic researchers Jacqueline Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have been visiting the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska for nearly 30 years. This year, a late-season research cruise revealed a surprise.

U.S. coral reefs’ health assessed for the first time on a national scale

Coral reefs in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans received a “fair” score in the first-ever condition status report for U.S. coral reefs released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) today.

NSF-funded project looks at the influence of environmental quality on Chesapeake policy decisions

The impacts of congested roads, overdevelopment and farming practices on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay has been well-documented by researchers for decades. What is less understood is how a damaged environment shapes human responses.

Recent Press

U.S. Reef Continue Decline, Nationwide Report Finds

The Florida Oracle
November 28, 2020

Mapping bird migration

http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk
November 28, 2020

Oyster Shell Recycling Program Impacted By Pandemic

Maryland Coast Dispatch
November 25, 2020

Recent News

Late-season Arctic research cruise reveals unseasonably warm ocean temperatures and active ecosystem

Arctic researchers Jacqueline Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have been visiting the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska for nearly 30 years, collecting information about the biological diversity of the watery world under the sea ice to understand how marine ecosystems are responding to environmental change

U.S. coral reefs’ health assessed for the first time on a national scale

Coral reefs in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans received a “fair” score in the first-ever condition status report for U.S. coral reefs released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) today. 4

Next Generation: Shannon Hood on controlling biofouling in aquaculture

My research focuses on advancing the oyster aquaculture industry through improved production practices that can streamline the efficiency of these operations. My primary research focus is on using exposure to air to control biofouling on cultured oysters