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 Science, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, and Entomology use the Center. In addition, Extension faculty serving the statewide LEAD Maryland Program are housed at WyeREC.  

Join our Team!

The University of Maryland, Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, MD is seeking a Manager to lead daily operations of a large registered purebred herd of Angus Cattle and conduct basic and applied research and education activities.

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In the Spotlight:

Wye Employees Test Out New ROV Kit

Shellfish Aquaculture Tech. Specialist Allen Pattillo looks on as Josh Bollinger, Communications Coordinator for the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, and his son test out a remote operated vehicle (ROV) that they built together as part of a pilot robotics study with Maryland 4-H. 

Featured in the latest issue of UMD's Momentum

Major Land Donation Bolsters Livestock Research at WREC

The Aspen Institute recently donated 330 acres of land to the Wye Research and Education Center, home to the Wye Angus Program and the heavily studied herd of Angus cattle. In addition, the University of Maryland purchased an adjacent 233 acres from Aspen, bringing the total land acquisition to 563 acres. The land originally belonged to the late Arthur A. Houghton Jr., CEO of Steuben Glass Works, and his wife, Nina Houghton before ownership by the Aspen Institute.  University research on the Angus herd has been conducted since the 1950's

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Congratulations to Don Webster!

Don Webster, regional aquaculture specialist with University of Maryland Extension, was recently awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.S. Aquaculture Society. Congratulations, Don!

Read the full article below.

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AgEnterprise Challenge Winner Aims to Prevent Plasticulture Pollution

Entomology PhD student and CEO of Repurpose Farm Plastic, LLC, Krisztina Christmon, is exploring options to recycle plastic films that are commonly used in agriculture. Christmon came up with the idea during AGNR's 2020 AgEnterprise Challenge, where student groups compete against one another to address agriculture and natural resource-specific issues. Over the past year, Christmon and Fellow Terp Benjamin Rickles, PhD student in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at UMD and CTO of Repurpose Farm Plastic, have been conducting research at WREC.

Read the full article beginning on page 10 of the Winter 2022 issue of AGNR's Momentum.

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Hughes Center Assistant Director Nancy Nunn Serves on the Leadership Group for the Food System Resiliency Council

There are a number of critical issues that threaten the food security of Marylanders. Climate change, supply and demand, food deserts, and a rapidly growing population are on the shortlist. To help find solutions for some of these systemic issues that have been exacerbated by COVID, and to work towards a more resilient food system in Maryland, the state legislature recently established the Maryland Food System Resiliency Council. 

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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

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.

Staver, Ken - Nutrient Cycling/Biofuels
Primary research interest is the development of agricultural production systems that maximize nutrient and energy use efficiency and minimize environmental degradation at the field and system level. His academic training is in systems ecology (B.A.; Cornell), marine science (M.S.; U. MD), and engineering (Ph.D.; U.MD). Dr. Staver has worked at the Wye Research and Education Center since 1984, focusing initially on nutrient transport patterns in Coastal Plain watersheds and the development of practices that reduce nutrient losses from cropland at the field level. More recently, his research focus has shifted to development of multi-discipline approaches to regional environmental problems. HIs current research activities include: 1. assessment of nutrient flow patterns in grain/poultry production systems at field, watershed, and regional scales;  2. assessment of  cover crop strategies to reduce phosphorus losses in field drainage climate resiliency of production systems; 3. development of land placement options for sediment dredged from Chesapeake Bay shipping lanes; 4. assessment of the nutrient uptake and retention, and biofuel potential of native warm season grasses; and 5. incorporation of research findings into large scale watershed nutrient transport models.

Programs with Research at Wye

Animal and Avian Sciences

Slattery, Rachael 
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
Tiwari, Vijay - Genetics and genomics of small grain crops
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
Nichols, Kelly - UME, Agriculture Agent
Vollmer, Kurt - UME Agent, Weed Specialist 


Current Research Projects being conducted at our Center

For Researchers

Interested in conducting research at WyeREC?

Please be sure to complete a Resource Request Form and include all necessary signatures. Send final signed versions to Elizabeth Friedel at: efriedel@umd.edu.

Weather Data

picture of weather station
Wye weather station - Summer - 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

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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