Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center
Our Mission Statement
The Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center (PSSCEC), under the administrative authority of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, is a teaching, research and public outreach facility that houses initiatives related to the restoration, conservation and understanding of the water quality, surrounding natural environments, and living resources that characterize the coastal bays. The Center was established with strong goals for partnerships among University System of Maryland institutions, the National and State Park Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the MD Coastal Bays Foundation and other local and non-governmental organizations. The center serves as an undergraduate and graduate research and teaching facility in addition to an educational and interpretive center for public outreach which includes programs for teachers and students at the K-12 levels.