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Graduate Degree Programs
M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Biotechnology

Environmental Biotechnology is defined as a branch of biotechnology that addresses environmental problems, such as the genetic rescue of a species, the removal of pollution, renewable energy generation or biomass production, all by using biological processes for the protection and restoration of the quality of the environment.

The tools of biotechnology are having ever increasing applications to conserving our natural environments. Examples include the restoration of species and ecosystems, phyto- and microbial-remediation of polluted soils and water, making cleaner, more efficient and recyclable products, and increasing our understanding of how the environment works at molecular and cellular levels. The study of environmental biotechnology provides opportunity in a broad range of specialties fundamental to the understanding of plants, animals, and microbes and their interaction with other organisms and environments.

Participating Faculty

  • Martin Dovciak;
    Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management and Restoration
  • Danilo D. Fernando;
    plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
  • Hyatt Green;
    molecular microbial ecology, eDNA, microbial water quality, microbial source-tracking, SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, forest soil nitrification, Hg-methylation
  • Thomas R. Horton;
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Robin W. Kimmerer;
    plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
  • Donald J. Leopold;
    forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
  • Gregory McGee;
    ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
  • Lee Newman;
    phytoremediation, molecular and cellular biology, horticultural therapy, food and health
  • William A. Powell
    forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology
  • John C. Stella;
    riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration, arid-land and Mediterranean ecosystems