The Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) is The Place for Ecological Discovery and Natural Solutions! Our primary mission is to educate students on the fundamentals of environmental science, while instilling a deep fascination and intellectual capacity to work in their chosen area of specialization, whether its Natural Resources Management, Ecological Design, Soil and Watershed Science or Environmental Health. When our students graduate, we want them to be top-notch environmental stewards with a broad framework from which they can advance professionally, personally and socially.
ENST faculty with expertise in soil science, ecology, and ecological engineering set the stage for unique, relevant, and attractive courses and an academic program that not only trains students to understand environmental systems and issues, but also gives them multidisciplinary quantitative design and analytical tools to address complex environmental problems.
We currently have 26 faculty and 15 staff. As of the end of 2012, we have approximately 210 undergraduate students and 55 graduate students…and we are growing each year.
The latest project by Dr. Kangas and Biohabitats' Dr. Peter May, a water filtration system using Algal Turf Scrubber technology, has won Best Urban BMP on the Bay Award, which is awarded to the most efficient and viable ways of managing the water quality of the Chesapeake area.
Dr. Stephanie Lansing’s research requires a love of renewable energy, along with a weak sense of smell and a strong stomach. Cow manure from a Pennsylvania farm, chicken droppings from Maryland’s Eastern Shore or even human waste in Haiti: Dr. Lansing is working on capturing it all to heat homes, cook food and generate power.
Every winter since the 1930's, wildlife managers have burned sections of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland's Eastern Shore. This sounds questionable, from an environmental perspective, but Dr. Needelman's study found that burning the marsh grass actually accelerates their growth in the spring. Listen to Dr. Needelman's interview on WYPR>>
Committed to offering exemplary teaching programs.
Conducting internationally renowned research.
Coordinating outstanding extension/outreach efforts.
Engaging individuals, groups, and communities to improve quality of life in Maryland and beyond.