Wye Research & Education Center

Wye Research & Education Center

Wye Research and Education Center
124 Wye Narrows Drive
P.O. Box 169
Queenstown, MD 21658
Phone: 410.827.8056
Fax: 410.827.9039

WREC shares nearly 1,000 acres with The Aspen Institute.  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.  In addition, 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.  Other agencies collaborating with Center scientists and College faculty include:  USDA-ARS-BARC, USGS, USEPA, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Dr. Kate Everts has been named director of the University of Maryland Wye Research and Education Center and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. It is a dual position as director of each separate entity that became effective in January 2020 after a nationwide search.

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Weather Data

Weather station in the spring
Wye weather station - Spring - photo by D. Poet

The Wye weather station is located at:

38 54' 46.15"N

76 09' 06.75"W


Center 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 40 years.  Cooperation with the Wye Angus head, 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, now 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 held at WyeREC


Wye Field Tour

Strawberry Twilight Tours

Bay Area Fruit Schools

Extension at WREC


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 51 different government, academic and industrial organizations.  He has published the following:  133 peer-reviewed papers; 4 books; 26 book chapters/monographs (some are peer-reviewed) and 158 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, Cerrutti - Integrated Pest Management
VanEngeldorp, Dennis - 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
Ritter, Ronald - Agronomic Weed Control
Walsh, Christopher - Pomology
Wight, Jason - Assistant Research Scientist

Other UME Faculty with Research at WyeREC

Brust, Jerry - Vegetables
Fiola, Joseph - Viticulture and Small Fruits


GPS Addresses

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

From Baltimore

  • Take Maryland Route 97 south to US Route 50 east and follow signs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
  • Cross the Bay Bridge and stay on Route 50 east for approximately 12 miles.
  • Turn right at yellow blinking light (½ mile after mile 49 post marker) Carmichael Road, and follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lane-travel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Washington, DC

  • Follow US Route 50 east to Annapolis, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
  • Cross the Bay Bridge and stay on Route 50 east for approximately 12 miles.
  • Turn right ½ mile after mile 49 post marker, at Carmichael Road (yellow blinking light).
  • Follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lane-travel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia, PA; New York City

  • At the west end of the Delaware Memorial Bridge (near Wilmington, Delaware), follow US Route 301 south about 65 miles to the overpass at US Route 213 (Queen Anne’s County).
  • Take Route 213 south and follow to traffic light at US Route 50. Turn right onto Rt. 50 (west).
  • Turn left at Carmichael Road, ½ mile after mile 50 post marker, at yellow blinking light.
  • Follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lane-travel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Norfolk and Tidewater, VA

  • Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and follow US route 13 north to Salisbury, Maryland.
  • In Salisbury, take US Route 50 west (left) and proceed to US Route 50 west about 64 miles, passing through Cambridge and Easton. 
  • Continue on Route 50 west, past Route 404 and Route 213.
  • Turn left at Carmichael Road, ½ mile after mile 50 post marker, at yellow blinking light. 
  • Follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lanetravel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Airports

  • BWI: Follow directions “From Baltimore, Maryland” (above).
  • Reagan National Airport: On leaving airport, follow Route 1 through Alexandria, Virginia to US Route 95 north. Follow US Route 95 north to US Route 50 east. Follow directions “From Washington, D.C.” (above).