Paul Kazyak, Adjunct Faculty

Paul Kazyak has been a popular part-time instructor at Johns Hopkins since its inception. His courses include freshwater ecology and stream restoration, water quality assessment, applied sustainability, sustainability leadership and he also team teaches estuarine and coastal ecology and management.

In 2016, Paul retired from his day job is as a senior scientist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. His DNR career included oversight of water quality monitoring for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Trust Fund, 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 created to provide local jobs and healthy local food in a high poverty area. Other benefits of this project include improving water quality, reduction and sequestration of GHGs, and hopefully reinvigorating a county where young people have few opportunities to remain in their community.

In his spare time, Paul has worked extensively with high school youth, undergraduates and grad students on environmental conservation and education, sustainability and leadership. In recognition of these efforts, 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 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.