Dr. Brittingham received his doctorate in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University. His dissertation work involved monitoring benthic macroinvertebrate communities as indicators of reconstructed freshwater tidal wetlands along the Anacostia River in Washington D.C. He currently works for Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability in Towson, Maryland as the manager of the Watershed Monitoring Program. His team is responsible for all water quality monitoring in Baltimore County, which includes: biological, chemical, geomorphological, illicit connection, upland assessments, and stream assessments. Other responsibilities include writing and data analysis for the yearly National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit report, along with various other reports pertaining to Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP), monitoring plans, restoration plans, and research grants. Overall the job is to provide high quality water monitoring data that complies with federally mandated water quality programs, and research which advances environmental protection for Baltimore County, State agencies, and local citizens.
Professor Brittingham has a wide variety of work experiences from local, State and Federal agencies, including educational, research and restoration settings. He currently resides on the board of directors for the Maryland Water Monitoring Council, along with involvement in the Baltimore Metropolitan Reservoir Technical Group, Floating Treatment Wetlands Expert Panel, and Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership. His interests include aquatic ecology, biodiversity, wetland ecology, wetland restoration, and entomology. Dr. Brittingham currently teaches the elective courses 420.628 Ecology and Management of Wetlands and 420.625 Ecology and Management of Estuarine Systems.