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 Management, Ecological Design, Soil 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.
Paul Leisnham, an associate professor of ecology and health, has coauthored a blog article on Zika, the mosquito-borne virus, which has been on our radar since 1947. Dr. Leisnham and other researchers are working with community leaders to develop neighborhood-based mosquito management strategies in Baltimore. But like many cities facing significant poverty, crime, and other health challenges, investing in mosquito management can be a low priority. Learn more>>
Highly Cited Researchers 2015
Dr. Wendy Peer who is studying flavonoids, auxin transport and auxin fate in plants has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. About 3,000 researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
Dr. Weil has established some cover crop experimental plots at Harborview Farms. The 20-acre plot will assess the nutrient capture of deep rooted cover crops. The goal of deep rooted cover crops is to keep nutrients, such as nitrogen, out of the Chesapeake Bay. This trial will be replicated three times, and it includes cover crops such as tillage radish, cereal rye, and a three-way mix.
Committed to offering exemplary teaching programs.
Conducting internationally renowned research.
Coordinating outstanding extension/outreach efforts.
Engaging individuals, groups, and communities to improve quality of life in Maryland and beyond.