Peter I. May, PhD,
Senior Environmental Scientist, Biohabitats, Inc.
Lecturer in Ecosystem Ecology at University of Maryland Department of Environmental Science and Technology
Peter has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental sector working in municipal, state, and federal government agencies, NGO’s and now the private and academic sectors. He has a background in urban ecology, tidal marsh restoration and urban estuarine, stream and big river systems. He has applied his experience to numerous projects throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia and more recently with Biohabitats in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay area.
Peter’s doctoral work involved the ecological profiling and experimental manipulation of tidal freshwater mudflats and their role in their conversion to restored emergent marsh in Washington, DC. He is currently developing a zero discharge urban aquaponics shrimp farm in Baltimore and enjoys sailing Chesapeake Bay and watching algae grow.
Several examples of Peter’s work on applied novel ecotechnologies can be seen in the Washington/Baltimore area including the creation of floating wetland islands and the operation of an Algal Turf Scrubber in Baltimore Harbor, and a novel stream restoration techniques in Washington, DC. These efforts have at their core an interest in utilizing the ability of each to capture societal imagination to forward ecological education and foster a sense of stewardship among a wide range of groups while advancing environmental goals.