Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, has operated the Estuarine Research Center at its branch campus in St. Leonard, Maryland. The center conducts research on the environment of Chesapeake Bay and its marine life.
Now the university has announced that it is changing the name of the facility to Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL). In addition, the university has signed agreements with the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University to continuing and possibly expanded cooperative research projects at PEARL.
David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, stated, “This new name is a reflection of this facility’s renewed commitment to its research mission that is going to result in an environmentally improved Chesapeake Bay, a healthier seafood population, and Maryland watermen who will benefit from a strong industry.”