Meet the Team

Mark King

Mark A. King

Environmental Specialist-Director of Maine Compost School

Mark is a native of Winthrop, Maine, where he enjoys spending time hunting and fishing. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University.

In 1991, Mark started working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist. In 1993, he joined the Maine Compost Team ( a collaborative interagency group consisting of representatives from the Maine DEP, Department of Agriculture, State Planning Office, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension) where he developed an expertise in composting.

In 1997, Mark served as one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed, “Maine Compost School”, and currently serves as Director, as well as actively participating in course instruction.

Mark provides on-going technical assistance to new and existing compost facilities through facility siting and design support, operations assistance, and compost process trouble-shooting.

Mark has worked with all levels of compost facility size and design, and has developed an expertise with medium and large-scale facilities. Currently, he is promoting statewide composting of pre and post-consumer food residuals as an alternative to costly landfill disposal.



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 Mark Hutchinson

Extension Professor

As a graduate, twice, of the University of Maine, Mark is proud to be a Professor at his alma mater for the past 19 years.  Baseball is a passion for Mark. Starting in Little League, he has played or coached baseball for the past 45 years.

He and his family also enjoy hiking. Over the years they have climbed many peaks in Maine and New Hampshire.

Vacations are often focused around places to hike and explore. Professionally, Mark is please to be associated with the Maine Compost Team and their education and research successes.