College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology


If you ask three farmers what precision agriculture is, you’ll probably get three different answers. Some will say GPS guidance and steering while others will talk about variable-rate seeding options and another may mention crop yield monitors on combines. And really, they are all correct – precision ag is about as broad as, well, the term agriculture.
On May 10 [2013], the Waterfront Partnership was honored to host a presentation by Dr. Peter Kangas’s environmental science students from University of Maryland College Park. The ten students presented their idea for a living ecosystem that can be used to treat the water in the Harbor, making the water cleaner and removing harmful excess nutrients.
Tyler Witkowski said he came to this university to be a mechanical engineer and couldn’t have seen himself in South Korea, let alone neck-deep in soil pits. But Witkowski ended up earning the second-highest individual score at the first International Soil Judging Competition, held June 5 to 7 in Jeju, South Korea.
While many tuned in to watch the World Cup to see which team would become the globe’s soccer champs, others watched a competition of a different kind: one that named the earth’s best identifiers of...
A team of environment science students showed off their ecological engineering prowess by placing second in the annual student design competition at the 14th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) in Charleston, South Carolina on Jun 9-11.
ENST students must do everything they can to prepare for the job market when they leave school. Five exceptional students have procured internships to gather real-world experience. Find out what they're doing and how it's helping them get ahead.
When it comes to judging soil, environmental science and technology alumnus Tyler Witkowski can compete with anyone in the world. The December 2013 graduate proved his prowess by earning second place...
I always wanted to work with animals. I grew up on a horse farm surrounded by woods. I was an only child, and I was occasionally lonely, but I was never bored. In that time, you could be gone for 14 hours and there were no Amber Alerts. I’d come in at 9:30 p.m., and my mom’s like, “Are you in for the night?” and I’m like, “Nope, just getting a flashlight.”
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.


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