New President Appointed at University of Md. Center for Environmental Science

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is getting a new president, Peter Goodwin, Ph.D. He will join UMCES September 18th.

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Goodwin is currently the founding director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho, where he simulates changes in rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands, to determine how they can best be managed and restored.

Goodwin has participated in river restoration, coastal wetland sustainability, flood control, and sediment management projects throughout California and the Columbia River Basin. He has studied water and the environment internationally, and he currently serves as president of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering. Among many other honors, he has received a Fulbright Award.

The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents is delighted to welcome Dr. Goodwin.

"The board was impressed with the range of his research and expertise, and the highly positive personal dynamic he brings to leading an institute that stretches across Maryland from the Eastern Shore to the Appalachians,” said USM Board Chair James T. Brady.

Goodwin will succeed Donald F. Boesch, who has led UMCES as president since 1990 and announced in September 2016 that he will step down in late 2017. Boesch is one of the nation’s most recognized and experienced experts in the application of science to policies for the protection, sustainable use, and restoration of coastal ecosystems and for adaptation to global climate change. He will remain on the faculty for at least one year to complete several publications and research projects.

“I am delighted to be joining the outstanding group of researchers and staff at UMCES,” Goodwin said. “I value the opportunity to honor the strong legacy of UMCES and its collaborations across the state to support Maryland, as well as growing UMCES scientific collaborations throughout the United States and globally.”

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is a leading research and educational institution working to understand and manage the world’s resources. It is made up of the Appalachian Laboratory in the mountains of western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the Horn Point Laboratory on the Eastern Shore, and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore. UMCES also administers the Maryland Sea Grant in College Park, Md.

Megan Viviano