Department of Environmental Science and Policy


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.
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Martinez interviewed by WGME on spike in electricity bills.

USM Assistant Research Professor Daniel Martinez consulted with WGME-TV on a story about puzzlingly high electricity bills.

USM to host Maine Science Bowl 2018 on Saturday, March 3

More than 100 high school students will attend the Maine Science Bowl 2018 on Saturday, March 3rd on the Gorham Campus of the University of Southern Maine. The competition matches teams against teams in subjects ranging from biology, chemistry, space science, physics and math. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl, held from April 26 to 30 in Washington D.C.
Analies Dyjak

From a recent graduate

Good news and a blog from Analies Dyjak, Class of 2017, working and studying in Washington D.C.

Annual Maine Science Bowl

Volunteers and observers welcome to attend the 2018 Maine Science Bowl held March 3, 2018, at Bailey Hall on the USM Gorham campus.
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.