College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology


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...
December 5th is World Soil Day, and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) reminds us to protect our soil.
Three Soil and Watershed Sciences graduate students from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) didn’t come home empty-handed from the 2013 Soil Science Annual Meeting (SSSA) that took place earlier this month in Tampa, Florida. Instead, they returned with three awards from the international poster competitions.
On October 25, the University of Maryland Soil Judging Team placed second in the Northeast Regional Soil Competition that was held near Frederick, MD. The University of Maryland entered two teams...
A new study led by Andrew Baldwin, professor of wetland ecology in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology and colleague Kai Jensen at University of Hamburg (Germany), has looked at how atmospheric temperature, as is occurring due to global warming, may affect the growth and diversity of tidal freshwater wetland plants in Europe and North America.
David Tilley, associate professor of environmental science and technology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is studying green walls and how they might reduce energy consumption. His is the only such U.S. research supported by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
The University of Maryland has been ranked No. 13 by The Sierra Club in their seventh annual ranking of America's greenest universities.
You might think of College Park as a basketball town. You could also make a case for women's lacrosse — that program has won ten national championships. Associate professor of soil science, Brian Needelman, is a bit of a contrarian, however.
Dr. Robert Tjaden is conducting research designed to test the receptiveness of private landowners in Maryland US, to receiving payments for producing public goods from ecosystem services.
Members of UMD's National Championship-winning Soil Judging Team were profiled on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Watch the video below or click here to link to the full article: Click here to read more...
Two pairs of graduate students became the first recipients of Green Fund Fellowships this semester after the university’s Council on the Environment saw promise in their sustainability research.The fellowship is meant to encourage a meeting of minds, with graduate students coming together from separate fields to tackle a single environmental problem.
For Environmental Science & Technology Professor Robert Hill , being in two places at the same time is simply a routine part of the job. Through the magic of modern technology, Hill can teach a...
Dr. Paul Leisnham, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, has spent only two years in Maryland, but has already learned the serious public health threats that the Asian Tiger Mosquito brings to this region. To fight against this invader, Dr. Leisnham has developed a collaborative mosquito control strategy between mosquito professionals and Marylanders in urban neighborhoods of Washington DC and Baltimore City.


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