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

Jan. 30, 2015
The State of the Science of Phosphorus
8am-5pm, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD

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Wetlands Scholarship Award Recipient

Grad student Eliza McFarland is the first ENST student to receive GCA Wetlands Scholarship Award to study coastal wetlands.

RESTORE Participates in the Stream Cleanup

ENST students volunteered to collect trash and clean the Paint Branch Campus Creek to raise awareness for the “bottle bill.”

Terp Takes Silver in 1st International Soil Judging Competition

Tyler Witkowski, environmental science and technology alumnus, is officially the second best soil judger in the world.

Undergrad Researcher Joins Elite Group

Barret Wessel named one of the top undergraduate researchers of the year for his work with Dr. Ray Weil's soil science team. 

Soil Judging Team Featured in TERP

Seven undergraduates make up Maryland’s soil-judging team, which in May will defend its third national title.


SSSA: Soils Sustain Life

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. Frank Coale Becomes SSSA Fellow

ENST professor and extension specialist, Dr. Frank Coale, has become a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) for his achievements and meritorious contributions to agronomy through research and education, and both national and international services.

Angela Perantoni: Super Student

For Angela Perantoni, the pursuit of a career in environmental science is a philanthropic effort. “Environmentalism, to me, is not a movement to protect the Earth, it’s a movement to protect ourselves,“ said the senior ENST major. “It’s the largest form of social altruism.”

Algal Turf Scrubber Wins BUBBA

The latest project by Dr. Kangas and Biohabitats' Dr. Peter May, a water filtration system using Algal Turf Scrubber technology, has won Best Urban BMP on the Bay Award, which is awarded to the most efficient and viable ways of managing the water quality of the Chesapeake area.

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.

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