Maura Meredith Bozeman, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Environmental Science
Ph.D. - Yale University, The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Dissertation Title: The implications of the quantity, quality, and ‘stickiness’ of dissolved organic matter on aquatic ecosystem function.
MA - Yale University.
BS - Virginia Tech.
Associate in Science - Central Virginia Community College.
Dr. Bozeman has taught or assisted with many undergraduate and graduate courses at Yale and Utah State University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Bozeman has mentored several high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. For three consecutive years, she led a hands-on module in watershed research for all incoming Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies master’s students. At Post University, Dr. Bozeman is the Academic Program Manager of Environmental Science and is responsible for teaching and course development in the program. Dr. Bozeman has taught a broad range of environmental courses, including Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Ecology, Environmental Policy, Strategies for Sustainable Development, and associated environmental lab courses.
Dr. Bozeman has 14 years of experience in environmental science and has worked extensively in field and laboratory research projects in Virginia, Utah, Idaho, and along the East Coast, USA. This strong background in quantitative field and laboratory methods enables her to teach many aspects of environmental science from first-hand experience. Dr. Bozeman has also presented research at many national conferences and has written professional reports and papers.
Dr. Bozeman’s teaching philosophy is centered on hands-on learning. To form a strong foundation in science, reading and time in the classroom is essential. To solidify concepts, students work in the laboratory and in different outdoor environments to build the skills required for a career. Dr. Bozeman teaches environmental problem solving from identification and data collection to problem resolution and monitoring with a specific focus on identifying environmental feedbacks.
Professional and community activities:
Dr. Bozeman is active in community outreach in areas of urban farming, environmental sustainability, and urban environmental regeneration in Connecticut. Towards local and sustainable farming practices, she has worked with several community-minded entrepreneurs to develop a method to grow plants using organic hydroponics. This farming method grows plants in water, in which food waste is directly composted to provide the required nutrients. In her off hours, Dr. Bozeman is an avid woodworker and makes furniture from reclaimed wood and felled trees from recent storms in Connecticut.
Dr. Bozeman’s dissertation focused on how dissolved organic matter fuels aquatic ecosystems. Dissolved organic matter represents compounds such as amino acids and small carbohydrates that are an important energy and nutrient source for organisms. These compounds are readily transported through ecosystems and, along with inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus, organic compounds can be a source of nutrient pollution. Dr. Bozeman has performed many field and laboratory experiments, including ecosystem metabolism – how an ecosystem ‘breathes’, fish migration through stream habitats fragmented by deforestation, and nutrient transformation of aquatic biofilms – how aggregates of bacteria, fungi, and algae change stream nutrient concentrations.
Dr. Bozeman is interested in all aspects of environmental science, including sustainability in environmental use and construction, environmental and biodiversity conservation, watershed science and water quality, ocean conservation, organismal ecology, organic matter decomposition and composting, and sustainable farming practices.