Maud Walsh

Title Professor; Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor
Department School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
E-mail mwalsh@agcenter.lsu.edu
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.

Grants 2014-present

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.

“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.

Peer-reviewed journal articles 2014-present

Walsh, Maud and Irving, Jennifer. 2021. Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Content in Science Classes through Professional Development for Teachers. NACTA Journal 65 (Nov. 20-Oct 2021): 262-267.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2017.04.031

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.

Magazine article

Walsh, Maud and Irving, Jennifer. 2020. Planting Seeds for Sustainable Agriculture in Science Class. Louisiana Agriculture, Fall, 2020 63(4): 36-37.

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


Conference proceedings and published meeting abstracts 2014-present

Homann, M., Lalond, S.F, Van Zuilen, M., Gong, J., Patry, L., Hayes, J.A., Walsh, M., Lowe, D.R., and Byerly, G.R. 2020. New Insights on the biogenicity of South Africa’s oldest stromatolites. Proceedings of the Goldschmidt Conference 2020. https://doi.org/10.46427/gold2020.1053

Walsh, Maud and Irving, Jennifer. 2020.Promoting Agricultural Content in Science Classes through Science Teacher Workshops. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture 2020 Virtual Conference, June 18-20, 2020. NACTA Journal Abstracts 62 (Suppl. 1: 84).

Reams, M., Walsh, M., Lomnicki, S., Dugas, T.,.Cormier, S., Dellinger, B., Orr, M., Subra, W., Paille, B. and Toscano, B. 2015.. Engaging Community Partners and Public Agencies in the Scientific and Regulatory Challenges Associated with an Emerging Contaminant: Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals Poster presented at the Superfund Research Program 2015 Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Palmer, K., Paille, B., Dupre, B., Young, J., Toscano, B., Domingue, S., Reams, M. and Walsh, M. 2014. ­ LSU Superfund Research Program Community Partnerships for Research Translation and Community Engagement. Poster presented at the Superfund Research Program 2014 Annual Meeting, San Jose, California.

Walsh, M., Palmer, K., Young, J., Dupre, B. 2014. LSU Superfund Research Center’s Science Communication (Research Translation). Poster presented at The Central & Eastern Europe Conference on Health and the Environment, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Oehler, D.Z, Walsh, M.M., Sugitani, K., and House, C. 2014. Spindle-Shaped Microstructures: Potential Models for Planktonic Life Forms on Other Worlds. 4th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program and Abstracts.1254-1255.

ResearchGate profile with publications:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maud_Walsh

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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