2017

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Two Open Rank Tenure / Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Surface Process GeoSciences

The University of Virginia Arts & Sciences Department of Environmental Sciences invites applicants for two tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate/Full Professor positions in the geosciences, focusing on earth surface processes. We wish to hire outstanding scientists who will thrive in an interdisciplinary department with hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, ecologists and geoscientists, and are passionate about research […]

Professor Thomson’s new book featured in news article and Scientific American commentary

Professor Thomson’s guest editorial in Scientific American comments on the Trump Administration’s decision to suspend a study of the health consequences of mountaintop mining for residents of coal communities. Her new book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (The MIT Press, 2017), was also featured in the Southeast […]

Armstrong, Amanda

UVA, Nature Conservancy work on oyster castles highlighted

A Delmarvanow article covering work by the Nature Conservancy and UVA’s Environmental Sciences Department was pick up by UVA Today. Scientists, graduate students, and volunteers are using “oyster castles” constructed from concrete blocks to protect eroding shorelines and provide habitat for oysters. Read more in the Delmarvanow article.

Aboriginal “Defending the Ocean with Art” exhibit in Clark’s Brown Library

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum in association with the Environmental Sciences Department opens the exhibit “Defending the Ocean with Art” on Friday August 25th at 4pm (reception at 5pm) in the Brown Library of Clark Hall. On view are twenty-one sculptures and prints by contemporary indigenous artists that celebrate the central importance of the ocean […]

Prof. Macko to present on testing Poe’s hair

Environmental Sciences professor Dr. Stephen Macko will present findings from analyzing stable isotopes in Edgar Allan Poe’s hair for information on his diet and death. The presentation will take place at 7PM on August 24th at the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. For more information see the Poe Museum Brochure.

Duine, Gert-Jan

My academic research focuses mainly on atmospheric boundary layers in complex terrains.

VCR LTER contributes to synthesis on coastal armoring

Recent work from researchers at several LTER sites has synthesized the current understanding of ecological impacts of man-made coastal armoring. The study looked at diverse systems, including constructed oyster reefs at the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER. Former UVA Environmental Sciences student Kyle Emery (now a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara) is a coauthor on […]

New Environmental Resilience Institute highlighted

A recent UVA Today article highlighted the new Environmental Resilience Institute directed by Environmental Sciences professor Karen McGlathery. The institute was formed to address environmental change by bringing together collaborators from a variety of disciplines. Read more in the UVA Today article here.

Grad student LeCroy’s citizen science research featured in UVA Today

Environmental Sciences graduate student Kate LeCroy was featured in a UVA Today article on her research. Along with Professor T’ai Roulston and citizen scientists from the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, Kate is collecting population data on mason (and other) bees using wooden “bee hotels”. Read more in the article here.

VCR-LTER seagrass research featured in NSF article

Research at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research site was featured in an article about the National Science Foundation LTER mini-symposium this spring. Environmental Sciences Professor Karen McGlathery was interviewed about work on seagrass carbon storage and response to climate change. Read more here.

Prof. Vivian Thomson interviewed on NPR about her new book

Professor Vivian Thomson was interviewed on NPR about her new book, Climate of Capitulation. Read more and listen to the interview here.

Prof. Lawrence contributes volume to Miller Center presidential First Year Project

Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence contributed a volume to the Miller Center’s ‘First Year Project’ outlining policy goals for the incoming president to pursue during her/his first year. Her essay focuses on a climate tax, funding for climate science, and clean energy. Read more here.

Dept. grad students Ferguson and Cook win R.J. Husky Graduate Research poster awards

Environmental Sciences students Amy Ferguson and Brynn Cook won top awards for posters at the 2017 Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition. Amy’s poster “Making the case for nature-based solutions to coastal erosion in Virginia’s coastal bays” tied for 1st Place in Division 1 – Natural Sciences Poster Presentation. Brynn’s poster won 1st Place in […]

Grad Stephanie Roe, UVA team off to finals in Patagonia Case Competition

Graduate student Stephanie Roe and the team, from Darden, Architecture and Envi Sci, have advanced to the finals in a national competition to deal with issues of sustainability and responsible business practice, run by the business school at Cal Berkeley on behalf of Patagonia Corp. Ten finalists were selected out of 70 teams, and will […]

Dept. alum Wang featured in NSF and USA Today articles

Former department graduate student Lixin Wang (PhD, 2008) had a recent publication featured by NSF on World Water Day. The paper, “Nonrainfall water origins and formation mechanisms” in Science Advances highlights the importance fog and dew play in the Namib Desert in Africa. You can find the manuscript here and NSF’s write-up here. Wang also […]

Professor Vivian Thomson posts blog on climate change politics

Professor Vivian Thomson writes about the bipartisan consensus among voters on climate change, in connection with her forthcoming book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (MIT Press). Blog link here.

Professors Reidenbach and Thomson to speak at Yamuna River Project Exhibition

UVA’s Yamuna River Project is a campus wide project to “revitalize the ecology of the Yumuna River in New Delhi and reconnect India’s capital city back to the water” (link to project website). Professor Matt Reidenbach will speak at the opening talks on Thursday, 3/16/17 at 5PM in the East Wing Gallery of Campbell Hall. […]

Professor Galloway interviewed on NPR

Professor James Galloway was quoted by NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the environmental impact of food production. Read more here.

Professor Macko featured in UVAToday

Professor Stephen Macko was featured in a UVAToday article covering his research, teaching, and the “Macko Museum of Natural History” located in his Clark Hall office. Read more in the article here.

Department graduate students host EnviroDay 2017

Environmental Sciences graduate students, led by Alice Besterman and Erin Swails, hosted the 2017 EnviroDay symposium on February 24, 2017. The symposium theme was “Global Change and Public Health” and featured 16 talks and 12 posters from undergraduate and graduate students from several UVA departments. The keynote seminar “Of Mice and Men: Emerging Infectious Disease […]

Dept. undergrad seminar featured in Cavalier Daily

The Department of Environmental Sciences undergraduate seminar series was highlighted in the Cavalier Daily, with EPA attorney Mark Garvey giving a talk on the Toxic Substance Control Act on Feb 28. Read more here.

Rao, Mahesh

In a broad sense, my research primarily focuses on improving our understanding of spatio-temporal dynamics of ecological processes within agricultural and forested ecosystems. Specifically, using an integrated approach involving remote sensing and GIS models, I am interested in land cover analysis and related change to characterize environmental impacts including climate change implications. Current research involves […]

Prof. Macko on BBC-International series The Food Chain

Professor Stephen Macko was interviewed by the BBC for the The Food Chain series “Of Maize and Men: The Rise” about his work using carbon isotopes to quantify the high influence of corn on human nutrition. The series covers how and why corn has become a dominant part of our food supply. Listen to the […]