University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Through its four laboratories across Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is a research, education, and service institution of the University System of Maryland (USM) and a world leader in the science of coastal environments and their watersheds.

About

History

Dr. Reginald V. Truitt, zoologist and founder of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, penned this quote in 1932 to justify the need for fisheries research in the Chesapeake Bay. A pioneer of environmental science in Maryland, Dr. Truitt was among the first to realize the Bay’s growing decline—and its potential for renewal with the assistance from humankind.

Education

As one of the nation’s oldest environmental research institutions, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science strives to train and inspire our nation’s next generation of environmental scientists. Since 1925, UMCES has connected experienced environmental scientists to aspiring students wanting to learn more about our natural world.

Research

The university work across disciplines and in diverse settings—from the Appalachian Mountains to the Arctic, from fisheries to farmland—seeking solutions that improve people’s lives and the natural world. Scientists work at a network of laboratories across the state and field sites around the world to investigate and respond to today’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Services

Student services

From a network of laboratories spanning from the Allegheny Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science scientists work to understand and manage the world’s resources, provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.  

Housing services

Every year more than 80 graduate students work side-by-side with some of the best environmental scientists in the world. Studying everything from the effects of development on stream ecosystems to new ways to feed fish in aquaculture, these men and women are training to solve environmental problems today so we have a better world tomorrow.

Library services

WorldCatThis online tool provides you with the ability  to search both journal articles and e-books that are directly in the UMCES collections, as well as the collections of libraries worldwide.  Location and availability information for each item is displayed. There are links to reserve, request, or directly view electronic content, such as the full text of an article. 

Student Life

Campus life

From a network of laboratories spanning from the Allegheny Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science scientists work to understand and manage the world’s resources, provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.  

Cambridge, Maryland, United States