Peter Goodwin chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2022

February 23, 2022

Leadership Maryland announced today that Dr. Peter Goodwin, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), a graduate university that provides independent advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program as a member of the Class of 2022.

Goodwin is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 29th class, who will complete the eight-month, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues. The program will run from April to December, and include sessions focused on Maryland’s five main geographic regions and the most important issues impacting economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity across the state. More than 100 experts representing Maryland’s business, government, education, and non-profit communities will serve as panelists and guest speakers. Leadership Maryland is a non-profit organization offering professional and youth development programs dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its current and future leaders.

Goodwin is an internationally known expert in ecosystem restoration, ecohydraulics, and enhancement of river, wetland and estuarine systems, and he has spent 30 years in higher education. He serves on the Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Cabinet, as well as the Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC), the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its Scientific and Technical Workgroup, and the Maryland Coast Smart Council, as part of UMCES’ longtime role to advise the state on Chesapeake Bay management and restoration programs.

Recognized for his research in the field of modeling flows, sediment transport, and changes in river morphology, he has participated in river and tidal wetland restoration, coastal wetland sustainability, flood rise reduction, and sediment management projects around the world and from coast to coast. He has written scientific papers and books on river conservation, environmental aspects of integrated flood management, wetland management, and hydraulic and environmental modeling of coastal, estuarine, and river waters.

Goodwin served as president of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, one of the oldest international research organizations focusing on water and the environment. He was the founding director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho, where he is professor emeritus, and director of Idaho’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a federal-state partnership to build research capacity and infrastructure. He served as the lead scientist for the Delta Science Program in California and was a scientific advisor for several government agencies related to river and wetland management issues, including chairing the Louisiana Coastal Area Science Board.

A native of the United Kingdom, Goodwin received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton and his M.S. in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering and Ph.D. Hydraulic Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science leads the way toward better management of Maryland's natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, UMCES scientists provide sound evidence and advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.


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