Steve Kahl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Science
Office: AD-120A
Phone: 207-859-1337 (office); 207-944-1373 (cell)



  • Masters of Science in Geology
    University of Maine
  • Ph.D. in Earth Sciences
    University of Maine

Value Statement:

Steve applies his 30-year career in environmental research at UMaine and UNH to his practical, applied teaching at Thomas College that includes Environmental, Geology, Energy, and Sustainable courses.

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental Science, including environmental issues, environmental policy, environmental chemistry, acid rain. Geology, including hazards, landscape ecology including glacial geology. Sustainability including renewable energy and policy, smart growth, storm water policy and management.


Steve was a research director for many years in the UMaine and UNH systems, as founding director of the Senator George Mitchell Center at UMaine, and the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University. He was awarded more than $26 millionĀ in grants and contracts over a 30-year career in these two institutions. He advised 70 graduate students over this period. Steve was the director of the US EPA acid rain research program in the northeast US from 1983 to 2011 and continues to participate in this research, which is now run by one of his former graduate students.

More recently, Steve was the Director of Sustainability at Unity College, and before that, the Director of Energy and Environmental Strategies for Seawall Company in Old Town. He started his career teaching high school chemistry in Connecticut.

Past media appearances

Steve is currently the host of a monthly call-in energy radio show titled, ‘Power for the People’ on WERU-FM in Orland. Moderator of two panel discussions on Maine Energy Policy in 2016 (Rockport and Waterville). He is also the author of occasional op-eds and letters to the editor on environmental and energy topics and makes numerous appearances to testify to the Maine (and NH) legislatures as an expert on various topics.