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

May 13th
ENST Poster Symposium

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2015 ENST Awards Recipients

ENST faculty, staff and students receive Departmental awards in teaching, research, extension, and more.

Two ENST Students Receive Competitive NOAA Hollings Scholarships

Maya Spaur, Victoria Monsaint-Queeney awarded $8,000-per-year scholarship and full-time internship position paying $650/week.

ENST Faculty, Students Among 2015 AGNR Alumni Award Winners

Angela Perantoni: Outstanding Student, Nicole Fiorellino: Outstanding Graduate Student, Peter May ’92: Outstanding Alumnus.


2015 International Year of Soils

ENST graduate students create video "Art and Science of Soil."

Did You Know?

ENST is a member of The Green Office Program, an initiative that promotes best environmental practices at the University of Maryland!


Dr. Weil Launches SoilDoc in Zambia

SoilDoc, a MOBILE soil testing kit, is developed by American researchers in light of falling soil fertility across the developing world. Lead researcher ENST professor Ray Weil says the kit combines wet testing chemicals and miniaturised commercial laboratory equipment to help field workers undertake accurate laboratory-grade tests.

Dr. Lansing Features Her Haiti Biodigester Project at AAAS Annual Meeting

The toilets that Dr. Stephanie Lansing is working on building in Haiti are connected to "biodigester" tanks where bacteria turn the waste into biogas that can be used similarly to natural gas and burned for fuel. This technology meets a dramatic need in Haiti, which has no centralized sewage, and roughly 20 percent of the population has no access to any form of sanitation.

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.

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