PEARL Building  

The Laboratory
The Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory is located near the Patuxent River (part of Chesapeake Bay watershed) in Saint Leonard, Maryland.  Research conducted at the state-of-the art facility is designed to increase the understanding of coastal ecosystems so that they may be properly managed and protected.   Much of the work is focused on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, such as the Patuxent River.

  • Founded in 1967 by The Academy of Natural Sciences and located in Benedict, Maryland
  • Moved to current facility in St. Leonard, Maryland, in 1994
  • Became part of Morgan State University in September 2004

The Facilities
The Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory maintains excellent facilities that include:

  • A 22,000 square foot laboratory and office building
  • Both a Class 100 and Class 1000 clean rooms
  • Fleet of research vessels 
  • Private dock providing accesss to the Patuxent River
  • Outdoor and indoor facilities with flow-through ambient water
  • Scuba support and dive locker
  • Teaching laboratory, conference room and library
  • Range of research laboratories, including isotope, constant temperature and image analysis labs