Rebecca Fox

  • Chair of Environmental Science and Studies, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox


  • 410-810-5769
  • Toll Science S111

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B.S., Lycoming College, 2005

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2011


My research focuses on nitrogen cycling in agriculturally dominated systems.  Nitrogen is a necessary nutrient for crop growth, but loss of excess nitrogen to groundwater and streams detrimentally affects downstream water bodies (examples are Chesapeake Bay & the Gulf of Mexico).  My research primarily focuses on denitrification, the conversion of nitrate (NO3-) to nitrous oxide (N2O) and nitrogen gas (N2).  Nitrous oxide is an important gas to study because it is a potent greenhouse gas.  My lab at Washington College has the capability to measure the concentrations of the greenhouse gases N2O, methane (CH4), and carbon dioxide (CO2) in water and gas samples.  I also look at nutrient concentrations in local streams and groundwater.

I am funded through the National Science Foundation’s Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) program with colleagues at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory (the location of my PhD and Post Doc).  Our goal is to evaluate the effect of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) on water quality.  This research takes place in the upper Choptank watershed, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.  To see updates on the project please visit our Facebook page.

Rebecca Fox filtering stream nutrient samples in the field

Rebecca Fox filtering stream nutrient samples in the field


ENV 101, Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENV 221, The Bermuda Environment

ENV/BIO 222, Environmental Studies in Ecuador

ENV 311, Field Methods in Environmental Science

ENV 312, Watershed Biogeochemistry

ENV 319, Sustainability and the Environment

ENV 320, Climate Change

FYS, Science of Reality TV