Wye Research & Education Center

Wye Research & Education Center

WyeREC is situated on 1,000 acres on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  The center's location makes it an ideal site for research focusing on preserving the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay, sustaining agricultural productivity, product diversity, and maintaining Maryland's valued quality of life.

The Center currently houses several Regional Extension Specialists and Research Scientists.  Faculty from the Departments of Animal Sciences, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, and Entomology use the Center.  In addition, Extension Faculty serving the statewide LEAD Maryland Program are housed at the Center.  

The Wye REC's, Dr. Kurt Vollmer, Weed Management Specialist

On November 30th, Dr. Kurt Vollmer, UME Agent and Weed Management Specialist was featured on MPT's Maryland Farm and Harvest.  Check it out!  

MD Farm and Harvest

Center History

WREC farm

The Wye Institute, the Wye Plantation, and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) have been cooperating, both formally and informally, in agricultural research and related activities for nearly 50 years. 

WREC History

The Wye Institute, the Wye Plantation, and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) have been cooperating, both formally and informally, in agricultural research and related activities for nearly 50 years.  Cooperation with the Wye Angus herd, which began in 1954, has been a tremendous resource for MAES scientists.  Crop research has been conducted by MAES scientists since 1966 when Wye Institute made available, without charge, 100 acres of Institute land for use by MAES.

In 1973, arrangements were completed which enabled the University of Maryland to purchase, for use by MAES, 123 acres of Wye Institute land.  In 1978, the Wye Plantation donated the Wye Angus herd, together with a substantial cash endowment, to the University of Maryland Foundation for use in the related activities at Wye.  The plan provided a blueprint for the future development of the Experiment Station's field unit at Wye and a sound basis to Wye Institute and Wye Plantation for planning the most efficient use of their resources. 

In December, 1979, the proposed plan was completed.  The plan envisioned Wye to be an innovative multidisciplinary research, extension and education center with the following six major foci:  Cattle Breeding and Genetics; Integrated Pest Management; Plant Breeding and Genetics; Energy Development; Usage and Conservation; Quality of Life; and Interaction of Land and Water Agriculture-Aquaculture.

In 1982, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, once located at Wye Plantation, offered the use of its facilities and 450 acres of land to support the research programs of MAES.  Also in 1982, MAES formally established the Wye Research and Education Center (WREC).  Two years later, following acceptance of MAES plans for WREC, Wye Institute agreed to donate an additional 35 acres of land for MAES use.

In 1991, MAES marked the official opening of the 16,000 square foot Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Laboratory.  This valuable addition greatly enhanced the scope of scientific inquiry at the center.

Extension Programs

Extension Programs

University of Maryland Extension proudly offers educational programs at the Wye Research & Education Center.  

Extension Programs Held at Wye Rec

Strawberry Twilight Tours

Bay Area Fruit Schools


Research at WREC

There are a vast array of research projects that take place out of the Wye Research and Education Center. 

Research at the Wye

Agricultural Experiment Station, On-site Faculty Expertise

Burton, Dennis T. - Aquatic Toxicology
Dr. Burton's primary research interests are the toxicological effects to aquatic organisms of surface and subsurface water quality changes induced by municipal, utility, and industrial facilities as well as the effects of various inorganic and organic contaminants to soil and wetland sediment communities.  He is currently conducting 1) an evaluation of the potential aquatic toxicity of several bio-based renewable lubricants; and 2) evaluating several wastewater treatment plants for National Pollutant Drainage Elimination System compliance.  Dr. Burton has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals; written three books; 27 book chapters; and over 125 published technical reports.

Hall, Lenwood W. - Aquatic Toxicology
Lenwood W. Hall, Jr. is a Research Associate at the University of Maryland, Wye Research and Education Center.  Areas of expertise are: aquatic toxicology; ecological risk assessments of pesticides, metals, and organometallics; exposure characterization of pesticides; development of biological/physical habitat indicators and bioassessments.  He has conducted research or consulting for 52 different government, academic and industrial organizations.  He has published the following:  139 peer-reviewed papers; 4 books; 26 book chapters/monographs (some are peer-reviewed) and 160 technical reports.  During 40 years of research, he has generated over $17.5 million in funding from approximately 108 different research grants or contracts.

Ristvey, Andrew - Commercial Horticulture
Extension Specialist for Commercial Horticulture at Wye Research and Education Center at Queenstown, MD and affiliate faculty with the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Education:  Master of Science degree in 1993 from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in the MEES program; Doctorate in Horticulture, University of Maryland College Park.  Present extension and research interests are plant nutrition, specialty crop production and green roof systems.

Programs with Research at Wye

Animal and Avian Sciences

Keefer, Carol
Song, Jiuzhou
Xiao, Zhenggou


Dively, Galen - Integrated Pest Management
Hamby, Kelly - Integrated Pest Management
Hooks, Cerruti - Integrated Pest Management

Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture

Fiorellino, Nicole - Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist
Hu, Mengjun - Small Fruits Pathologist
Lea-Cox, John - Nursery Research
Micallef, Shirley - Vegetables
Rawat, Nidhi - Plant Pathology
Walsh, Christopher - Pomology
Wight, Jason - Assistant Research Scientist

Other UME Faculty with Research at WyeREC

Brust, Jerry - Vegetables
Fiola, Joseph - Viticulture and Small Fruits
Kness, Andrew - UME Agent
Macaulay, Luke - UME Agent, Wildlife Specialist
Vollmer, Kurt - UME Agent, Weed Specialist 

List of Current Research Projects being conducted at our Center. 

Weather Data

Wye weather station in the snow
Wye weather station - Winter - photo by D. Poet

The Wye weather station is located at:

38 54' 46.15"N

76 09' 06.75"W

Wye Weather Data Today's Local Weather

Picture of Russ Brinsfield

In Remembrance of
Dr. Russell B. Brinsfield

1944 - 2021
Center Director from 1981 until 2015

Formal Obituary


Address, Directions & Contact


Wye Research and Education Center
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658
Phone: 410.827.8056

GPS Addresses

  • Houghton Lab (offices & meeting rooms):  124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown MD 21658
  • Farm Shop, Agronomic and Horticultural Programs:  211 Farm Lane, Queenstown MD 21658
  • Wye Angus:  2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown MD 21658


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