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

Social Media


American Fisheries Society Fellow

Dr. Harrell has been named a 2016 American Fisheries Society Fellow, a prestigious yearly recognition bestowed upon an elite group of members.

Alumni Achievement Award

ENST Chair Dr. Bowerman is the recipient of the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences 2016 Alumni Achievement Award.

Bioscience Day

Dr. David Tilley to speak at Bioscience Day 2016 about his experience participating in the National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps program.

World Water Week

Dr. Negahban-Azar will present at World Water Week conference, a unique forum that focuses on water-related challenges.

Pons Medal

Emeritus Professor, Delvin S. Fanning, awarded 1st Pons Medal at 8th International Acid Sulfate Soils Conference.

Fulbright Scholar

Barret Wessel, a soil and watershed sciences Ph.D. student, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant for research in Denmark for the 2016-17 academic year.


Mud, sweat and a whole lot of beer cans. Capstone students cleaning up a wetland on Good Neighbor Day.


Drs. Negahban-Azar, Shirmohammadi to help establish CONSERVE

Drs. Negahban-Azar, Shirmohammadi are part of a multidisciplinary research team that received $10 million grant from USDA-NIFA to establish CONSERVE, the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Water Reuse. Dr. Negahban-Azar is leading the center’s effort on identification and classification of nontraditional water sources, GIS database and decision support system. Dr. Shirmohammadi provides guidance on identification of nontraditional water sources, point-of-use sites, and GIS platform. Learn more>>

Drs. Lansing, Felton to Study Manure Management Practices 

Dr. Stephanie Lansing and Dr. Gary Felton are part of a research team that received $1 dollar grant to study the effect of manure management practices on antibiotic resistance, residues. The research team will evaluate how well different waste-processing techniques- anaerobic digestion, composting, and long-term storage- remove drugs and germs in excrement.

Zika: Are outbreaks in U.S. cities avoidable?

Dr. Paul Leisnham 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>>

Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2016.