College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Environmental Science & Technology


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 ManagementEcological DesignSoil 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 43 faculty and 30 staff. Also we are proud to report have over 300 undergraduate students and more than 40 graduate students…and we are growing each year.

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall 0408

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ENST Students and Faculty Volunteer to Educate Thousands of Children and Parents About Soils and Crops

Graduate Student Brian Scott discusses crops with a future student.In a show of solidarity supporting agronomy, crop and soil sciences, three graduate and four undergraduate students joined three faculty members from ENST to volunteer at the USA Science & Engineering Festival hosted from April 6-8, 2018, at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. The bi-annual festival, inaugurated in 2010, is the nation’s largest celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and is free to the general public. >>

Maryland Soil Judging Team Earns Top Four Finish at National Contest

2018 UMD Soil Judging TeamThe University of Maryland Soil Judging had a successful trip to the 2018 National Soil Judging Contest, finishing 4th out of twenty-two universities from seven regions around the country.

Tier 1 Grant Supports New Research 

Dr. Masoud Negahban-Azar The Division of Research at University of Maryland has announced their winners of Tier 1 grants for 2018 and Dr. Masoud Negahban-Azar received a Tier 1 grant to develop new research. 

Graduate Student Travel Award

Sarah Hirsh wins 2017 Graduate Student Travel Award from the SSSA-Soil & Water Management & Conservation Division and the 3rd place in the ASA/SSSA joint session on Cover Crop Management at the meetings in Tampa, FL.

2017 Wetland Ambassador

Ph.D. candidate Amr Keshta selected as Wetland Ambassador by the Society of Wetland Scientists.

Nature Ecology and Evolution Publication

Graduate student Dietrich Epp Schmidt and Dr. Stephanie Yarwood published their research in Nature Ecology and Evolution.



UMD Coaches Help Lead Team USA to an “Olympic” Win in International Soil Judging

Team USA took first place in the Third International Soil Judging Contest this August in Brazil, with UMD coaches Brian Needleman and Sara Mack front and center to help lead the team to victory. Learn more>>

Dr. Martin Rabenhorst Invents New Tool Used to Classify and Assess Wetlands

 Dr. Martin Rabenhorst has invented a new method for measuring the quality of wetland soils which is easier to use, more accurate, and more environmentally friendly. The new method eliminates problems by using reusable plastic tubes to insert oxide-coated plastic films into the ground for analysis, and 2D images can then be analyzed with the latest image processing and computing software. This tool helps identify essential wetland ecosystems and ensure long-term protection. Learn more>>

Drs. Negahban-Azar, Shirmohammadi to help establish CONSERVE

Drs. Negahban-Azar, Shirmohammadi are part of a multidisciplinary research team that received $10 million grant from USDA-NIFA to establish CONSERVE, the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Water Reuse. Dr. Negahban-Azar is leading the center’s effort on identification and classification of nontraditional water sources, GIS database and decision support system. Dr. Shirmohammadi provides guidance on identification of nontraditional water sources, point-of-use sites, and GIS platform. Learn more>>

Drs. Lansing, Felton to Study Manure Management Practices 

Dr. Stephanie Lansing and Dr. Gary Felton are part of a research team that received $1 million dollar grant to study the effect of manure management practices on antibiotic resistance, residues. The research team will evaluate how well different waste-processing techniques- anaerobic digestion, composting, and long-term storage- remove drugs and germs in excrement.

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