University of Maryland

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Environmental Science & Technology

WHAT SETS US APART

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 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.

Upcoming Events

August 6, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Precision Ag Day
8:30am - 3:30pm, Wye Research & Education Center

October 11, 2014
AGNR Open House
10am - 3pm, Central MD Research & Education Center, Clarksville

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HIGHLIGHTS

Terp Takes Silver in 1st International Soil Judging Competition

Tyler Witkowski, environmental science and technology alumnus, is officially the second best soil judger in the world.

Undergraduate Researcher Joins Elite Group

Barret Wessel named one of the top undergraduate researchers of the year for his work with Dr. Ray Weil's soil science team. 

Soil Judging Team Featured in TERP

Seven undergraduates make up Maryland’s soil-judging team, which in May will defend its third national title.

"You can never do too much."

By joining and creating clubs, senior ENST major Andrew Bresee discovers his passion and career path.

Future Leaders in Science Award

ENST graduate student Alisha Mulkey receives the highly competative Future Leaders in Science Award from ASA, CSSA and SSSA.

FEATURED MEDIA

Dr. Bob Tjaden on Riparian Buffers

ENST Publications

ENVISION Magazine

Launched in 2011, Envision magazine highlights ENST student and faculty research and academic achievements. It is printed on 100% recycled paper using soy inks.

LATEST SPOTLIGHTS

Algal Turf Scrubber Wins BUBBA

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. 

Waste Not - Professor Creates Renewable Energy from an Unpleasant Source


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.

Benefits of Burning Marshes


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>>

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