Department of Environmental Science and Policy


Aquaponics student

Fueled by industry, USM offers online course in aquaponics

USM's Department of Environmental Science and Policy is running an online course covering aquaponics and recirculating aquaculture systems, available for Spring 2019. The class is inspired by the two land-based aquaculture facilities planned for midcoast Maine.
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USM's Travis Wagner interviewed on benefits of landfill mining

USM's Travis Wagner, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has been quoted in an article about mining landfills for potentially valuable materials.
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USM Artist-in-Residence Daniel Minter moderates Malaga Island panel

On Thursday, October 18, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., join the University of Southern Maine Art Galleries for a Malaga Island Panel Discussion moderated by USM Artist-in-Residence Daniel Minter as part of his exhibition OTHERED: Displaced from Malaga.
green crab molting

USM alumnae, professor lead effort to eradicate invasive green crabs

Two USM alumnae and one professor are leading the efforts in eradicating the invasive European green crab, which has decimated soft-shell clam populations in Maine and New England. How? The answer is quite tasty.

USM professors’ archaeological work featured in Portland Press Herald

USM Professors Rob Sanford and Nathan Hamilton’s archaeological work on Malaga Island was featured in the Portland Press Herald.

Professor Robert Sanford talks about 'The Chicken Course' on Maine Public

Robert Sanford, the chair of USM’s Environmental Science and Policy program, joined a recent Maine Public radio call-in show about chickens.
Env Science Prof Theo Willis fishing for alewives

Environmental Science professors share important fisheries research

USM Environmental Science and Policy professors Karen Wilson and Theo Willis are speaking at an event where they are sharing their research on the millions of alewives that migrate from ocean to rivers and streams each spring and summer.
USM Professor of Environmental Policy Travis Wagner

Muskie School professor quoted in LA Times

Professor of Environmental Policy Travis Wagner discusses Starbucks' decision to discontinue plastic straws.
cover of Environmental Science 3rd edition

ESP Faculty publish Environmental Science lab book

Environmental Science & Policy Professors Robert Sanford and Travis Wagner have published the 3rd edition of "Environmental Science - Active Learning Laboratories and Applied Problem Sets"
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USM faculty and students helping children learn about ecosystem

Karen Wilson, a USM professor of environmental science and policy, joined with several of her students and children from Portland's Longfellow Elementary School to examine how people change the quality of nearby water, often without even knowing it. Together, they recently visited Capisic Pond. They looked at the watershed, the level of pollution and what's growing there. The visit was covered by writer Kate Irish Collins of The Forecaster.