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

2015 Maryland Water Symposium
Dec. 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union

ENST to Host the 8th International Acid Sulfate Soils Conference
July 17-23, 2016, College Park, MD



New Co-editor

Dr. Harrell has been appointed by the by the American Fisheries Society as the new co-editor of the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

Governor’s Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Coale has been appointed by Maryland Governor to the Governor’s Scientific Advisory Board for Chesapeake Bay related issues.

Plants Inside DC Metro Tunnels

Dr. Andrew Baldwin helps radio station WAMU identify prehistoric ferns thriving inside dark, dank Metro tunnels.

A Conceptual Model for Wetland Plant Diversity

Dr. Andrew Baldwin has chaired the USDA Plant Working Group that came up with the system Model for Wetland Plant Diversity.


SSSA November Video: Soils and Climate

Dr. Ray Weil- Searching for Nitrogen with Cover Crops

Did You Know?

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


Highly Cited Researchers 2015

Dr. 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.

Deep Rooted Cover Crops Research

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.

Dr. Lansing Awarded ConE Junior Faculty Award

The University of Maryland Council on the Environment has named Dr. Stephanie Lansing, an assistant professor in ENST, the recipient of the 2015 Junior Faculty Award. The Council presents the award annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments over the previous three to five years that have raised the profile and visibility of the university through significant contributions to environmental issues.

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