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Tyler Witkowski, environmental science and technology alumnus, is officially the second best soil judger in the world. He took second place individually in the first ever International Soil Judging Competition. Thirteen teams from eight countries competed in the contest, which took place from June 5-7, in Jeju, Korea. Witkowski helped team USA-B win the grand prize and the group portion of the judging as well.
A contingent from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology are representing the University of Maryland in Jeju, Korea this week for the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) and the first ever International Soil Judging Contest.
A life-long goal for Barret Wessel, environmental science and technology major, has been to become a scientist. Raised on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, the Boy Scouts and a desire to make a difference, Wessel...
The latest project by ENST's Dr. Patrick Kangas and Biohabitats' Dr. Peter May, a water filtration system using Algal Turf Scrubber™ (ATS) technology, has been gaining recognition in the environmental science community. The project recently won a competition hosted by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, winning the Best Urban BMP on the Bay Award (BUBBA), which awards the most efficient storm water management system in the Chesapeake Bay.
A study conducted by Andrew Baldwin of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology and Kai Jensen of the University of Hamburg, Germany, has shed new light on how climate change affects the growth and diversity of tidal freshwater wetland plants in Europe and North America.
Most food, at some point, starts in the ground, whether that be directly or indirectly. From fruits and vegetables that are eaten plain to animals that will be eaten, which get their sustenance from grazing, the soil contains much of what the human race needs to survive. With that in mind, ENST Professors Edward Landa and Bruce James contributed to the new book The Soil Underfoot: Infinite Possibilities for a Finite Resource.
College Park residents gained some new neighbors this spring that are hungry, furry, and not always welcome. Recent development along the U.S. Route 1 corridor in Prince George’s County, including the $250 million Cafritz development, are forcing many native wildlife species into residential areas such as College Park, said Vivian Cooper of College Park animal control.
On March 14, 2014, the graduate students, faculty and staff of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Delvin S. Fanning joining the faculty.
Pepco and University of Maryland officials, members of the original UMD student Watershed team, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation joined together recently to open the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center, a "living classroom" dedicated to the education and research of sustainable energies, at the Pepco Holdings, Inc. Service Center in Rockville, Maryland.
The channels left by plant roots, earthworms and other creatures can leave a valuable legacy in the soil, if properly cared for. These deep soil channels accomplish several valuable benefits. “These...
For the 6th time in the last 7 years, the University of Maryland retained a place among the “final four” at the 54th National Collegiate Soil Judging competition, this time placing 3rd overall, and for the 3rd year in a row, the Soil Judging Terps finished 1st in the Group Judging portion of the competition.
The Journal of Living Architecture (JOLA), 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.
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...
Jessica Rupprecht ’14 climbs out of a 5-feet-deep pit in the woods somewhere 10 miles south of Frederick, Md. She sits on an overturned five-gallon pail, running a chunk of soil between her fingers. She presses it between her thumb and forefinger. She spritzes it with water. She scribbles on her scorecard, a small smile on her face.
Stephanie Lansing and colleagues are testing a technology designed to address the challenge of improving sanitation in Haiti by using anaerobic digesters, which use microorganisms to break down organic matter in human waste and convert it into high-value fertilizer and biogas.
There are at least two reasons ENST soil science graduate student, Saptashati 'Tania' Biswas, should be proud of. First, she published a scientific article on an original chromatographic method to detect antimicrobials in poultry litter; second, her research poster, on the same subject, won the AGNR Open House poster competition.
Congratulations to ENST Soil and Watershed Sciences graduate student, Alisha Mulkey, who has been selected to receive the highly competitive Future Leaders in Science Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).
“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” Senior Andrew Bresee says this quote by writer Gary Lew inspires his goal to become an ecological engineer as well as his effort to make the most...
EPA scientists have joined forces with a variety of organizations to support research to help protect the health and sustainability of Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and an important economic resource.
When you hear the word “salmonella,” raw eggs, cookie dough and contaminated poultry may come to mind. But what about oregano, cilantro, or black pepper? Marie-Laure Flamer, a senior Environmental...

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