University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Dr. Donald Boesch

Office of the President

We have to help finish the job of restoring the Chesapeake Bay, use our expertise to help the rest of the world address similar problems, and deal directly with the global environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Research Interests

Dr. Boesch is a biological oceanographer who has conducted research in coastal and continental shelf environments along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia, and the East China Sea. He has published two books and nearly 100 papers on marine benthos, estuaries, wetlands, continental shelves, oil pollution, nutrient over-enrichment, environmental assessment and monitoring and science policy. Presently, his research focuses on the use of science in ecosystem management. 


Application of Science

Dr. Boesch is active in extending knowledge to environmental and resource management at regional, national and international levels. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. He has a long record of service to the National Academy of Sciences, serving as chair of the Ocean Studies Board and member of the Committee on America's Climate Choices and Advisory Board of the Gulf Research Program. He is currently on the Leadership Council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and the Advisory Board for BONUS: Science for a Better Future of the Baltic Sea Region.   


President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science

Dr. Boesch has been proud to present the President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science to a deserving faculty member each year. The award was established in 1999 to honor exemplary applications of science that have had a positive impact on environmental protection and management by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science faculty members.



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