Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh

Professor of Environmental Science & Policy and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.


106 Bailey Hall USM Gorham Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207)-780 5361

Ph.D., Forest Soils, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Soil Science, University of New Hampshire
B.S., Forest Engineering, University of Maine at Orono

Samantha, a native of Kittery, received a B.S. in forest engineering from the University of Maine-Orono in 1987. She then continued work as an on-the-ground forest industry professional that she began as an intern with Scott Paper Co. during college.

When she attended graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, she discovered an affinity for teaching and scholarship and an interest in soil science.

After completing an M.S. in soils at UNH, Samantha traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to earn her Ph.D. in soil science, awarded in 1995.

Sam has been on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science & Policy since 1996. As of 2010, Sam is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. Accordingly, she is currently not teaching courses in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy.


Courses Taught at USM:

  • ESP 101 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
  • ESP 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Lab
  • ESP 150 Field Immersion
  • ESP 250 Soils and Land Use
  • ESP 260 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
  • ESP 280 Research and Analytical Methods
  • ESP 403 Bioremediation and Phytoremediation
  • ESP 413 Forest Ecology

Research Interests

The role of soils and dust in triggering adult and childhood asthma, interactions between soil quality and vegetation health in urban and forest ecosystems, and applications of phytoremediation techniques in mitigating heavy metal contamination in urban soils.

Recent Publications

Langley-Turnbaugh, S.J., M. Blair and J. Whitney. 2013. Increasing accessibility of college STEM courses through faculty development in UDL. In Universal Design in Higher Education: Promising Practices. S. Burgstahler (ed). University of Washington. (In press)

Whitney, J., Langley-Turnbaugh, S., Lovewell, L., & Moeller, B. 2013. Sparking Imagination, Sharing Information: Summer STEM Institutes for High School Students with Disabilities.  Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals (In Review)

Hardy, A* and S.J. Langley-Turnbaugh. 2012. Soil Trace Element Concentrations on a Historic Maine Island. Soil Horizons 53: 31-37.

Whitney, J., S.J. Langley-Turnbaugh, L. Lovewell and B. Moeller. 2012. Building Relationships, Sharing Resources, and Opening Opportunities:  A STEM Learning Community Builds Social Capital for Students with Disabilities. Journal of Post Secondary Education and Disability 25(2)131-144. .

Langley-Turnbaugh, S.J. and L.G. Belanger. 2010. Phytoremediation of lead in urban residential soils of Portland, Maine. Soil Survey Horizons 51(4):95-101.

Stumbo, N. J., Martin, J. K., Nordstrom, D., Rolfe, T., Burgstahler, S., Whitney, J., Langley-Turnbaugh, S., Lovewell, L. Moeller, B., Larry, R., Misquez, E. 2010. Evidence-based practices in mentoring students with disabilities: Four case studies. Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities 14(1): 33-54.

Yeo, W.* and S.J. Langley-Turnbaugh. 2010. Trace Element Deposition on Mount Everest. Soil Survey Horizons 51(3): 72-78.

Langley-Turnbaugh, S.J., G. Wilson and L. Lovewell. 2009. Increasing the accessibility of science for all students. Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities 13:1-8.

Alley, D.*, S.J. Langley-Turnbaugh, N. Gordon, J. Wise, G. Van Epps*, and A. Jalbert*. 2009. The Effect of PM10 on human lung fibroblasts. Toxicology and Industrial Health 25:111-120.

*Student authors