Environmental Studies

Main Contact
Randy Larsen
204 Goodpaster Hall
Organization Description

The Environmental Studies Program prepares students to address complex environmental problems requiring knowledge and skills from multiple science, social science, and humanities disciplines.

February 21, 2020
Cassie Gurbisz, assistant professor of environmental studies, recently received her second grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Maryland Sea Grant program. The $71,023 grant will fund a two-year project titled: Effects of Oyster Aquaculture on Submersed Aquatic Vegetation… Find Out More
January 27, 2020
Emily Rudo ’23, an environmental studies and public policy studies double major, educational studies minor from Howard County, Maryland, was one of four invited panelists at the biennial NOAA Chesapeake Bay Environmental Literacy Forum held on January 22, 2020, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Rudo… Find Out More
January 13, 2020
The St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s anthropology, environmental studies, psychology, and sociology departments will jointly host an open discussion focusing on the connection between poverty and mental illness.  This event is scheduled for Monday, February 3… Find Out More
November 15, 2019
St. Mary’s College environmental studies major Erin McPhillips '20 and chemistry major Coleman Welles '20 attended the ninth annual Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in November. The theme of the conference was Oceans: Exploration, Conservation, and Extreme… Find Out More
November 13, 2019
The St. Mary’s County Health Department, in partnership with the environmental studies department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is hosting an open panel discussion on how community design and policy can improve public health and wellness.


This event will be held on Tuesday, December 3,… Find Out More
November 12, 2019
On November 7, Two environmental studies majors, Jacob Rosenzweig-Stein 20’ and Erin McPhillips 20', along with their mentor Barry Muchnick, assistant professor of environmental studies, presented a portfolio of student campus sustainability projects at the Maryland Planning Commissioners… Find Out More
November 11, 2019
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Cassie Gurbisz co-authored an article that was recently published in a special issue of the scientific journal “Estuaries and Coasts.” The paper discusses how a regional long-term aerial mapping program has generated important insights into the ecology… Find Out More
October 30, 2019
Barry Muchnick, assistant professor of environmental studies, has been awarded a $30,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States. The funds will support research, development, and implementation of new… Find Out More
October 11, 2019
St. Mary’s College of Maryland was awarded its first National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) grant using lead investigator Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Shanen Sherrer’s expertise on circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Geoffrey M. Bowers, assistant… Find Out More
October 10, 2019
Climate change can result in weather extremes that affect tick populations and seasonal activity patterns, and influence disease outbreaks. The St. Mary’s County Health Department, in partnership with the environmental studies department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is hosting an open talk on… Find Out More