Dr. Kennedy T. Paynter

Dr. Kennedy T. Paynter

Welcome to the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program!

The MEES graduate program offers both master of science and doctoral degrees in a variety of environmental disciplines but has core strengths in marine, estuarine and coastal sciences such as restoration ecology, aquaculture, fisheries management, oceanography, marine biotechnology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, remote sensing, and landscape ecology.  The MEES program collaborates with USGS, NASA, The Smithsonian Institution, NOAA and other nationally and internationally recognized research organizations in order to provide top quality graduate education to students who seek to become leaders and problem solvers in the environmental sciences. 

Since its inception in 1978, the MEES Program has been a broad-based, interdisciplinary environmental science graduate program.  WE have a highly active group of graduate students who are involved in numerous scientific projects, national and international societies and public service and are committed to better understanding our environment.  The Program flourishes based upon its student and faculty participation and affiliated institutions within the USM.  The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), University of Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Maryland College Park (UMD), and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) campuses, and the laboratories at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES) including Horn Point Laboratory (HPL), the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), the Appalachian Laboratory (AL), The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), and Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) are all active participants in the program.  

Many of our alumni have gone on to important careers in environmental sciences.  Some of our most notable graduates have gone on to pursue careers in government agencies, academic institutions, consulting firms, and numerous other types of positions including founding their own companies.  Please take a moment to peruse the alumni section of our website to see what some of our graduates are up to. 

I hope you will explore the range of our program activities, course offerings and alumni news presented on this website.  We are grateful for the support of our alumni and friends, and welcome their continued assistance in networking and as benefactors.  If you have not done so yet, please consider donating to the MEES program (click here).  The Program depends on these gifts to fund student travel meetings, graduate awards, and more.  


Dr. Kennedy T. Paynter, MEES Director