Department of Environmental Science and Policy


Thanks in part to research performed by USM ecologist Theo Willis, Maine has reopened the St. Croix river to alewives. As explained in a Public Radio International article, this decision could possibly restore tens of millions of fish to the Atlantic food chain. A potentially amazing recovery for a fish that was being considered for listing as an endangered species!
Our dependence on finite energy sources is short sighted, says USM’s Professor of Environmental Science Daniel Martinez in his new book, “The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems.”
USM is proud to announce that Nick Northcott of Damariscotta has been selected as a 2013-2014 Maine Policy Scholar. Northcott is one of seven students selected from University of Maine System campuses this year to participate in the Maine Policy Scholar (MPS) program and engage firsthand in the public policy process.
Congratulations to DES students Miguel Barajas, Jason Duff, Jackie Allen, Amanda Martin, Amy Webb and Margret Welch for their winning posters!
Read Dr. Sanford's interview about 'Why Environmental Science Matters'.
Dr. Martinez will join a panel on "green" happenings on Maine’s college and university campuses on Feb 6th.
The first northern New England chapter of Kappa Alpha Omicron (KAO), the international honor society in interdisciplinary environmental sciences/studies, is established at USM.
The story of Malaga Island and the sad evacuation of the island's residents one hundred years ago is being told at the Maine State Museum, as part of one of their new exhibits.
Maine Policy Review Cover
Environmental Science student Miguel Barajas' research featured in Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Maine Policy Review.
USM’s applied energy program, which gives students hands-on experience in measuring and testing energy efficiency, has acquired its dream home. The university-owned building at 19 College Avenue on USM’s Gorham campus was built as a private home in the late 19th century. It features poor insulation, a fieldstone foundation and an old, oil-fired burner.


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