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.

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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.

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.


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


Drs. Lansing, Felton to Study Manure Management Practices 

ENST faculty 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?

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.

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