College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology


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.
In most African countries 70 to 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas and make their living through agriculture. Thus, the majority of African people are soil practitioners. In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and UM’s College of Agriculture and Natural Science, soil science professor Dr. Ray Weil is training a new generation of soil scientists across East Africa, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya.
A new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that students who completed internships during their college careers were better off securing permanent jobs than those who did not. This is true for ENST undergraduate alumnus Amanda Johnson Hren and current student Matthew Karlin.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass in regional waters are increasingly being reported with evidence of endocrine disruption–specifically testicular-oocytes (TO), an intersex condition where male fish possess immature female eggs within otherwise normally developing testes.
Owning an island is easier than you might think, that is–a floating island. This man-made ecosystem mimics naturally occurring wetlands and has the ability to clean water while providing the same ecological benefits as natural wetlands. Dr. Joshua McGrath, assistant professor at ENST and alumnus Kevin Hedge are exploring the nutrient removal effectiveness of floating islands in poultry stormwater ponds on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Initially developed to control water quality in aquatic microcosms in the early 1980s by Dr. Walter Adey at the Smithsonian Institution, Algal Turf Scrubber™ technology has been studied and refined...
Growing up in Oregon, Dr. Stephanie Yarwood dreamed of studying whales. Currently, an assistant professor of environmental microbiology in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST), she still has not forgotten about whales, but when asked about her shift of interest, she replies: “microbes are way more powerful!”
Dr. Bahram Momen, an associate professor in biostatistics and ecosystem ecology, received a Water Resources Competitive Grant of $200,000 through a joint program between the National Institutes for Water Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He intends to use the grant to revolutionize the way we quantify and communicate flood risk management.
As sunlight rose across the Potomac River on September 23rd 2011, it did not trace the typical blades of grass and ball fields in west Potomac park as it did seven days earlier. Instead, the sun...
The University of Maryland beat out 21 other colleges and universities from around the country to take home the top prize in the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest hosted by the University of...
It was an old and dying oak, belonging to his grandfather, that inspired soil science doctoral student David Ruppert to grow oaks from acorns. What started as a 175-acorn-trial in the University of...
Did you ever imagine that radishes could be used to produce renewable energy? No one saw it coming. However, Dr. Stephanie Lansing and Dr. Ray Weil in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology are testing dairy manure and forage radishes to develop a new technology that could enable corn silage-based dairy farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient runoff, and environmental impacts while producing a renewable biofuel.


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