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Welcome to Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

Our mission is to identify and apply ecological principles that contribute to the sustainable use of ecosystems in a rapidly changing global environment. Faculty expertise provides a framework to study interactions between biological, chemical and physical components of agricultural, horticultural, wetlands, forest, and watershed ecosystems.

We play a key role in interdisciplinary curricula and research projects involving biogeochemistry, soil science, plant science, sustainable cropping systems, and invertebrate and microbial ecology. Through its teaching and research programs in these areas we address the needs of Maine’s natural resource-based industries and contributes to a knowledge foundation upon which their sustainability can be built.

The School of Food and Agriculture is directly responsible for the B.S. degree in Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture, and play a pivotal role through instruction and advising in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences B.S. program. We participates in seven graduate degree programs at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels.

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In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University of Maine.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to Karen Kemble, Esq., Director of Equal Opportunity, University of Maine, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Room101, Orono, ME 04469-5754, telephone (207) 581-1226, TTY (207) 581-9484 or to the Director of Equity and Diversity for the University of Maine System, who can be reached at telephone (207) 973-3372 or TTY (207) 973-3300, 16 Central Street, Bangor, Maine 04401. Inquiries or complaints about discrimination in employment or education may also be referred to the Maine Human Rights Commission. Inquiries or complaints about discrimination in employment may be referred to the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Inquiries about the University’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, may be referred to Ms. Kemble, who is designated to coordinate campus compliance with these Acts.  Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111, fax (617) 289-0150, TTY (877) 521-2172 or email: Generally, an individual may also file a complaint with the OCR within 180 days of alleged discrimination.