Brian Needelman

Photo of Brian Needelman Associate Professor
University of Maryland College Park
1216 H J Patterson Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742
Phone: 301-405-8227

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Pedology, soil survey, digital soil mapping, coastal wetlands, blue carbon, coastal resiliency, sustainable agriculture

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Brian Needelman is an Associate Professor of Soil Science at the University of Maryland in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology. He teaches and performs research in the fields of soil science, pedology, soil survey and digital soil mapping, coastal wetlands, and coastal resiliency. His coastal wetland research focuses on management and restoration practices to increase tidal marsh sustainability including studies on prescribed burns, accretion, and the restoration of ditch-drained marshes. He also conducts research on greenhouse gas emissions and accounting in coastal wetland systems including carbon sequestration and methane emissions. His coastal resiliency research focuses on the integration of natural and social science approaches to better understand and increase the resilience of coastal socio-ecological systems. He is currently working on digital soil mapping for precision sustainable agriculture and a soil survey of Israel.


  • 2002 The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA – Ph.D. Soil Science
  • 1997 University of Illinois Urbana, IL – M.S. Agronomy – Soil Science
  • 1993 School for International Training Brattleboro, VT – B.I.S. International Studies


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