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Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory


Welcome to the Morgan State University Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL)!

The Morgan State University PEARL embraces a rich history dating back to 1967 while performing cutting-edge research and designing and implementing innovative environmental education programs.

PEARL education focuses on providing active learning experiences in the classroom and field to K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students to train the next generation of scientists

PEARL research focuses on four core areas - Aquaculture, Coastal Chemistry, Coastal Ecology, and Environmental & Natural Resource Economics

Aquaculture: Improving the performance of aquacultured shellfish and developing new culture technologies that benefit Maryland and the US aquaculture industry

Coastal Chemistry: Developing a better understanding of the coastal carbon cycle through high-frequency, multiple carbon pool studies
Coastal Ecology: Studying how both natural and human-induced changes affect coastal aquatic natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and beyond
Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: Determining how environmental policies and natural resource management affects human social and economic well-being