Jose-Luis Izursa

Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, Maryland 20742
Phone: 301-405-1195

Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Sustainable food production systems, aquaponics, hydroponics, nutrient balance, food safety

Biographical Sketch

Senior ecturer and academic advisor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. A sustainable development and environmental scientist by training, Dr. Izursa’s primary teaching topics are the design and application of multi-trophic systems as an option for sustainable food production, international crop production, climate-smart agriculture, and the design and use of innovative social markets techniques as payment for ecosystem services. His research interest are energy and nutrient fluxes in integrated food production systems; water dynamics in sustainable food production; hydroponics, and aquaponics. He has completed a post-doctoral program with the University of Florida, focusing his research on quantifying energy balances of biofuel feedstock production systems and their effect on greenhouse gases production. Prior to that, Dr. Izursa worked in several national and international non-governmental organizations working in environmental and food security related issues. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences; his M.Sc. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland; his M.Sc. in Higher Education from the University Amazónica of Pando and has won a number of honors and awards including the Fulbright and the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Fellowships.


  • Ph.D. 2008 – University of Maryland (College Park, MD) – Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences
  • M.S. 2001 – University of Maryland (College Park, MD)- Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology
  • M.S. 1998 Universidad Amazónica de Pando & Enrique Jose Varona Higher Institute of Pedagogy, Cuba (Cobija, Pando, Bolivia) – Higher Education Sciences
  • B.S. 1991 Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Cochabamba, Bolivia) Department: Science and Technology
    Biological Sciences; Concentration in Ecology & Biogeography

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