Paul Kazyak, Adjunct Faculty

Paul Kazyak has been a popular part-time instructor at Johns Hopkins for the past 20 years. Most of his courses have involved freshwater ecology, stream restoration, and water quality assessment, but he recently added applied sustainability to his list of courses – a topic he is passionate about and excited to be sharing with the Hopkins community.

Paul’s day job is as a senior scientist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. His current role involves oversight of water quality monitoring for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Trust Fund. His other roles have included designing and leading the nationally renowned Maryland Biological Stream Survey, and serving as Maryland liaison for the Highlands Action Program (HAP). In the latter role he worked on numerous sustainability-related projects, did environmental leadership and sustainability trainings for community leaders, DNR staff, and high school youth. One of his HAP projects, Frostburg Grows, is a greenhouse training center and native tree nursery that will provide local jobs and healthy local food in a high poverty area, improve water quality, reduce and sequester carbon, and hopefully reinvigorate a county where young people have few opportunities to remain in their community.

In his spare time, Paul works with high school youth as Advisor for a co-ed Boy Scout Venturing Crew. Since 2000, the group has been arguably the most environmentally active youth group in the US, planting many thousands of trees, assisting DNR with monitoring activities, and doing thousands of hours of public outreach. For his work with Venturing Crew 202, Paul was named National Science Teachers Association’s 2008 Environmental Educator of the Year. He was also the 2011 James B. Coulter Award winner for his environmental achievements as a government employee and was recently named the 2013 Green Employee of the Year by Maryland DNR.

Prof. Kazyak’s JHU email is

He teaches Special Topics in Environmental Sciences and Policy.