Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

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The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) is a marine science laboratory on the Chesapeake Bay in Solomons, Maryland, and it is the oldest state-supported marine laboratory on the East Coast of the U.S. It was founded in 1925 in a small waterman's shack by Dr. Reginald V. Truitt and is part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.[1]

Located where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, CBL’s team of faculty and student researchers are developing new scientific approaches to solving environmental management problems facing our nation, region and the world. From the vast Arctic Ocean to the local streams of Calvert County, CBL is constantly pioneering new frontiers in environmental science.

CBL has long been a national leader in fisheries, environmental chemistry and toxicology, and ecosystem science and restoration ecology. The breadth of expertise among our faculty opens the door for research that cuts across the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines and fosters collaboration with leading researchers within the CBL community and beyond. CBL’s research is supported by numerous federal and state agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Maryland Port Administration, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. We also receive support from many foundations. Training and educating the nation’s next generation of environmental scientists is critical to fulfilling the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s mission. While CBL focuses on providing graduate level students opportunities to learn from and work with active field researchers, the laboratory also offers programs designed to engage students of all ages.

Today, CBL has 28 faculty members, 7 visiting PhD-level scientists, 22 students, 29 research technicians and 33 staff.[2] The CBL campus includes 21 buildings, that include purpose built research facilities with running sea water and environmentally-controlled chambers. The lab also has a diverse array of instrumentation that allow its scientists to make state-of-the-art measurements of biogeochemical constituents.


  • Eugene Cronin (1955-1976)
  • Joe Cooney (1976-1984)
  • Kenneth Tenore (1984-2005)
  • Margaret Palmer (2005-2011)
  • Thomas Miller (2011 – present)

Notable faculty[edit]

Robert Ulanowicz

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "UMCES web site". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "CBL web site". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

Coordinates: 38°19′7″N 76°27′15″W / 38.31861°N 76.45417°W / 38.31861; -76.45417