The Department of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary department whose research and graduate training programs emphasize the biogeochemistry and sustainability of agricultural, horticultural, forested, and wetland ecosystems. Areas of emphasis for graduate work include nutrient dynamics in agricultural and forest ecosystems, soil chemistry and plant nutrition, soil microbiology, crop physiology, diversified cropping systems, weed ecology and management, and plant pathology. The department plays a strong role in many of the University of Maine’s nationally recognized programs, such as the Sustainable Agriculture program, the Potato Ecosystem Project, Bear Brook Watershed in Maine, the George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, and Acadia National Park programs. Graduate students can earn the Master of Science degree through programs in Horticulture; Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences; Ecology and Environmental Sciences; and Resource Utilization. The Doctor of Philosophy degree can be pursued through programs in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Forest Resources, Plant Biology, and Biological Sciences.
The three broadly defined research areas in our department are Environmental Horticulture, Soil and Environmental Sciences, and Sustainable Agriculture. The primary faculty associations are:
Stephanie Burnett [Ornamental Horticulture]
Renae Moran [Extension Pomology Specialist]
Lois Berg Stack [Invasive Plant Management and Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist]
Dave Yarborough [Weed Ecology and Extension Blueberry Specialist]
Jaina Young [Landscape Design]
Soil and Environmental Sciences:
Eric Gallandt [Weed Ecology and Management]
Mark Hutton [Extension Vegetable Specialist]
Dave Lambert [Plant Pathology]
Ellen Mallory [Extension Sustainable Agriculture Specialist]
Greg Porter [Crop Management and Ecology]
Marianne Sarrantonio [Sustainable Agriculture]
Watch videos of our faculty talk about their research:
Faculty member Dr. Ellen Mallory recently organized a trip to Denmark to learn about growing and milling bread wheat. See trip video highlights here.