University of Maryland

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 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

April 23, 2014
Seminar: Dr. Peter May
Novel Approaches to Urban Stream Restoration Design and Low Impact Development in D.C.

April 26, 2014
Maryland Day 2014
10am - 4pm

April 29, 2014
Sustainable Agriculture Tuesdays
6-8pm, Jull Hall, Room 1123

April 30, 2014
Seminar: Dr. Stephanie Yarwood
Microbial Ecology from the 2014 European Capital of Culture: Linking Bacteria and Fungi to Boreal Forest Nutrient Cycling

May 6, 2014
Sustainable Agriculture Tuesdays
6-8pm, Jull Hall, Room 1123

May 7, 2014
Seminar: Dr. Patrick Drohan
The Manhattan Project of Soil Science

May 14, 2014
ENST Poster Symposium
1pm - 4pm, Animal Sciences Building Ground Floor



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.

ENST Student Pioneers Method to Measure Ionophores in Poultry Litter 

Saptashati 'Tania' Biswas, ENST graduate student, has published a scientific article on an original chromatographic method to detect antimicrobials in poultry litter.

Future Leaders in Science Award

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

Global Warming & Wetland Plants

Andrew Baldwinhas looked at how global warming may affect the growth and diversity of tidal freshwater wetland plants.



Dr. Ray Weil on Cover Crop Roots

ENST Publications


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


Dr. David Tilley Named Co-Editor-in-Chief for JOLA

The Journal of Living Architecture, the official, peer-reviewed, academic journal of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, has announced the appointment of David Tilley, Associate Professor of environmental science and technology, as one of the new Co-Editors-in-Chief.

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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