Department of Environmental Science and Policy


USM Update December 2017

Replay: 'The USM Update' December 4, 2017

In this episode of "The USM Update," President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests to talk about exciting new research in aquaponics and USM's School of Business, as he extends his greetings for the holiday season while introducing music the sounds of USM's School of Music Chamber Singers.
Students studying aquaponics in Bailey Hall

From Tank to Table: Aquaponics Research at USM

USM's Environmental Science and Policy students have spent the fall semester studying aquaponics, a system that combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics.

SENCER Water Innovation Symposium

New England SENCER Center for Innovation Co-Directors Karen Oates , Rob Sanford , and Winnie Yu recently hosted ‘Water Innovation in Massachusetts,’ a day-long symposium in partnership with Campus Compact and the New England Water Innovation Network.
Book Cover

A New Book by Robert Sanford, Ph.D.

"Environmental review is not an easy task, even for consultants and professional planners. There is a need for a general guide that presents the design, infrastructure, and environmental issues to address, what a reviewer needs to know about these issues, and how to interpret them. The book points the reader to accessible, low-cost resources to aid in the review process."
Dr. James Masi

Dr. Masi presents paper at Materials Research Symposium

Dr. James Masi presented at the Materiels Research Society Symposium in Boston on Nov. 28. His Paper, "Oxide/Silicon Heterojunctions for Photodiode and Photovoltaic Applications" was written along with Engineering students, Kyle Curley and Jacob Littlefield and will be published in the journal "MRS Advances".

USM grad student to serve on the Northeast Recycling Council

USM graduate student and alumna Megan Pryor has been named to the Northeast Recycling Council 2017 leadership team.
Portland Press Herald photo

USM study cited by Portland leaders as the city begins rolling out thousands of lidded recycling bins

A USM study was cited by Portland leaders as they began rolling out thousands of lidded recycling bins to homes.
Karen Wilson, an associate research professor at USM

USM researcher and student add to analysis of Highland Lake

A discussion about the future of Highland Lake drew public comments by both a USM faculty member and a student. The lake — which borders on Westbrook, Windham and Falmouth — has been clouded with a bloom.
Image of Theo Willis by Portland Press Herald photographer Carl D. Walsh

USM’s Wilson and Willis part of Portland Press Herald story on return of local alewives

USM researchers Karen Wilson and Theo Willis appeared in a Portland Press Herald story on the return of alewives to Mill Brook in Westbrook. The pair, both faculty from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, helped lead an annual alewife walk to Goldilocks Falls.
photo of Theo Willis

USM's Willis joins 'Maine Calling' for alewives talk

The hour-long radio program "Maine Calling" featured a conversation with Willis, an adjunct faculty member and researcher with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, as part of its discussion of the popular fish's changing population and ongoing conservation efforts.