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Environmental Science & Technology 1426 Animal Science/Agricultural Engineering Building 1459 AnSc/AgEn Building College Park, Maryland 20742

Research Focus

  • Research focuses on coastal and restored wetland ecosystems
  • Plant-microbe interactions in coastal wetlands, effects of plant species on bacterial, archaeal, and mycorrhizal communities; effects of organic material amendments in establishment of microbial communities and their associated ecosystem functions in restored wetlands
  • Role of mycorrhizae and nitrogen availability in the restoration of the native lineage of Phragmites australis, and how these factors may control growth of the invasive lineage
  • Examining variable and practices affecting the restoration of wetland plant communities and ecosystem services in Delmarva Bay wetlands as part of USDA’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project
  • Another active project, funded by NOAA, seeks to integrate ecological and socioeconomic sciences to promote restoration of coastal marshes and increase resilience of coastal communities

Andrew Baldwin is Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology. He joined the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in 1996. He served as Acting Chair of the Department of Biological Resources Engineering (ENBE) from July 1, 2005 until June 30, 2006, during which time he was instrumental in the transformation of ENBE into the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. In addition to a Ph.D. in Botany from Louisiana State University (1996), he holds two B.S. degrees, one in biology and one in engineering, from Tufts University, Medford, MA (1983). Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he worked for eight years in the environmental consulting field, first as an environmental engineer and then as an applied ecologist. Dr. Baldwin teaches courses in wetland ecology and water quality, supervises graduate students conducting ecological engineering and wetland ecology research, and advises undergraduate students. His main research interests are in wetland plant ecology and ecological engineering. Specifically, he works in natural, restored, and treatment wetlands studying aspects such as disturbance and regeneration ecology of wetland vegetation, wetland seed banks, and nutrient and sediment dynamics in wetland ecosystems. Recent projects have included the study of ecosystem development in restored wetlands, the influence of sea-level rise and temperature on coastal wetlands, and emerald ash borer effects on tidal freshwater forested wetlands. He has published numerous articles in refereed journals or books and supported his research with $2 M in research funding. He has served as President of the Society of Wetland Scientists, an international society of about 3,000 members. Previously he served for three years as Associate Editor of the journal Wetlands.