Maud Walsh

Title Professor; Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor
Department School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Address 1 110 Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-1211

  • B.A. English Literature, Bryn Mawr College 1975
  • M.L.S. Library Science, Louisiana State University 1976
  • Ph.D. Geology, Louisiana State University 1989

Teaching awards:

Outstanding Specialist Award, Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program 2018

National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award Certificate (LSU College of Agriculture), 2015.

Louisiana Science Teacher Association William Craig Outstanding University Educator Award, 2013-2014.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Louisiana Professor of the Year, 2008.

LSU College of AgricultureSedberry Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006.

Gamma Sigma Delta LSU Chapter Teaching Merit Honor Roll, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018.

Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professor in the LSU College of Agriculture, 2003.

Current grants

SuSTEMable Agriculture:Integrating Concepts from Sustainable Agriculture into Environmental, Life, and Physical Science Classes. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Maud Walsh, P.I., Jennifer Irving, co-PI. March 1, 2018-February 28, 2021. Professional Development for Secondary Teachers and Education Professionals (PD-STEP) Program grant award [grant no. 2017-06203/project accession no. 1015335] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Recent grants

“LSU Superfund Research Program: Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals” National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, P42 ES013648. 2011-2018. (Barry Dellinger, PI., Walsh as one of the co-PIs).

Shining Light on Pollution. Jennifer Irving, PI, Maud Walsh co-PI. International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). August 2017-July 2018.

The Effects of Hands-on Science Education Activities on Comprehension in Middle School Students. LSU College of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Grant to Grace LeBlanc, Maud Walsh as advisor. July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

Investigation of Potentially Hazardous Fine Particulate Matter in Homes: Designing a Sampler for Citizen Use. Louisiana Environmental Education Commission University Research/Education Grant to graduate student John Young, Maud Walsh as advisor. May, 2014-May, 2015.

Disturbed Systems: Reclaiming the Marsh with an Integrated Approach to Revitalization. LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio. $15,000. PIs:Walsh, Wicks and Cheramie. 2011-2012.

EBRPSS-LSU Elementary MSP: Project e-STEM. East Baton Rouge Parish School System. $64,547. As Co-PI. Nell McAnelly, Project Director. 2011-2012.

EBRPSS-LSU Elementary MSP: Science Stars. East Baton Rouge Parish School System. $61,860. As instructor. Brenda Nixon, Project Director. 2011-2012.Health Impacts of Toxic Combustion By-Products. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, $3.6 million. (Barry Dellinger, PI. Walsh as co-PI, Core Director). June, 2009-May 2011.

Edited book

Seckbach, J. and Walsh, M., eds. 2008. From Fossils to Astrobiology: Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestial Biosignatures. Volume 12 CELLULAR ORIGINS, LIFE IN EXTREME HABITATS AND ASTROBIOLOGY Springer, 546 p.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (2010-present)

Oehler, D. Z., Walsh, M.M., Sugitani, K. Liu, M-C, and House, C.H. 2017. Large and robust lenticular microorganisms on the young Earth. Precambrian Research.

Related news stories:

Gillett, Carly, Fontenot, Kathryn, Bush, Edward, Walsh, M., and Johnson, C. 2017.Summer Camp Garden Project: An Opportunity to Grow the Next Generation of Horticulturists. Horticultural Technology 27(1): 114-120. 10.21273/HORTTECH03572-16

Fontenot, K.K., Bush, E.W. , R. J. Portier, R.J. B. A. Meyer, B.A., Jeffrey S. Beasley, J.S., and Walsh, M.M. 2014. Determining an Optimum Tree Species for the Phytoremediation of Cumene and 4-Cumylphenol in Groundwater. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. Vol. 32; Issue 4.

Walsh, M. and Wicks, C. 2014. "Introducing Transdisciplinary Problem Solving to Environmental Management Systems and Geology Students through a Case Study of Disturbed Coastal Systems" Journal of College Science Teaching 43(3)48-53.

Anderson, L., Walsh, M., Roy, A., Bianchetti, C., and Merchan, G. 2011. The Potential of Thelypteris palustris and Asparagus sperengi in the Phytoremediation of Arsenic-contaminated Soils. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 13:177–184. DOI: 10.1080/15226511003671346

Walsh, M., Cormier, S., Varner, K. and Dellinger, B. 2010. By-Products of Thermal Treatment of Hazardous Waste: Formation and Health Effects. EM, April, 2010, 26-30.

ResearchGate profile with publications:

My academic-year appointment in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences is 60% teaching and advising, 20% service and 20% research.

I teach EMS 1011-Environment and Technology: Perspective on Environmental Problems, which covers basic scientific principles, environmental problems and solutions, ecology, societal issues, policy; AMS/AGRO/HORT 2011-Analysis of Environmental Issues, an introduction to reading, writing and speaking in the sciences, EMS 3040-Applied Environmental Management, which focuses on applying, integrating, and communicating scientific, legal, and social information in managing environmental resources, and EMS 3050 Environmental Regulations and Compliance . The first three classes are certified as communication-intensive courses by the LSU Communication across the Curriculum program and incorporate service-learning with community partners that include the East Baton Rouge Recycling Office and LSU Sustainability. I also oversee student internships (AGRO 3090 and EMS 3090) and direct independent projects (AGRO 4092 and EMS 4999).

I am the Undergraduate Advisor for Environmental Management Systems majors and Plant & Soil Systems majors in the Crop Science, Soil Science, and Sustainable Production Systems concentrations and am the Graduate Advisor for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences.

I have been a coordinator of the sustainability track of the LSU Agricultural Residential College since 2010. I am also a faculty member in LSU Women’s and Gender Studies.

My research interests include environmental education and communication, environmental remediation and the geologic record of early life and environments on Earth. Over the past 20 years I have helped lead many science education professional development institutes for science teachers. From 2009 until 2019 I was the Research Translation Core Leader for the LSU Superfund Research Center, a program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, that is focused on health effects of environmentally persistent free radicals. My responsibilities included communicating the research findings of the to environmental professionals, government agencies, health professionals, and the general public. My geologic studies focus on some of the oldest rocks on Earth to learn more about conditions under which life existed on the young Earth, and to develop strategies for searching for evidence of life on other planets, particularly Mars.

See also my ResearchGate profile

2012-present Professor, School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University

2007-2012 Associate Professor, School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University

2001-2007 Assistant Professor, Agronomy & Environmental Management (now Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences) Louisiana State University

1997-2001 Research Assistant Professor (part-time), Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University

1989-1997 Research Associate (part-time), Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University

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