Department researchers find that deforestation may lead to a warmer, drier climate

A new paper co-authored by Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence argues that deforestation increases global temperatures and reduces precipitation, which has major effects on agriculture. For more check out the article in Nature Climate Change or the Washington Post.

Marine Conservation: Science as a way of Knowing J-Term course

Carlton Ray and Jerry McCormick-Ray are Teaching a J-Term course titled: Marine Conservation: Science as a way of Knowing. The course is aimed at upper-level undergrads and beginning grads. Prerequisites are basic courses in ecology and an interest in policy and or management. The text is: Ray and McCormick-Ray (2014) Marine Consservation: Science, Policy, and […]

Recent papers by Professor Emeritus Michael Garstang

Michael Garstang, Emeritus Research Professor in the Department, has published three papers in the past couple of months. Some detail on each is provided below. The Utrecht District and the Disputed Territory – A cause of the Anglo-Zulu War Re-examined (Anthony Coleman and Michael Garstang): this paper argues that environmental constraints of a region occupied […]

Long lost bee re-discovered by UVa Researcher

Bumblebees are important pollinators in both wild and managed ecosystems. In the U.S., several bumblebee species have recently undergone rapid, severe declines. The cause(s) of these declines remain unknown, but it is suspected that a parasite or pathogen may be responsible. One of these bumblebee species, the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis), was once common in […]

University of São Paulo Energy and Climate Expert Visits U. Va.

Professor Sérgio Pacca (University of São Paulo) will visit U. Va. between 17 and 20 November 2014.  Professor Pacca directs NUPRREC, a permanent interdisciplinary group within USP’s Institute for Energy and Environment.  His visit is part of an ongoing teaching and research collaboration between the University of Virginia and the University of São Paulo. While […]

Nitrogen Footprint Symposium Hosted at UVa November 13-14

Professor Jim Galloway is hosting a workshop titled “Implementing the nitrogen footprint tool: A workshop for universities.” At the workshop, representatives from 6 universities (Brown, University of New Hampshire, Colorado State, Dickinson College, Eastern Mennonite University) and 3 other institutions (USDA, EarthEcho, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Marine Biological Lab of Woods Hole) will learn how to […]

Dr. Rick Webb awarded National Park Service’s Natural Resources Award for Research

Natural Resources Award for Research: Dr. Richard Webb A longstanding cooperative relationship between the University of Virginia and Shenandoah NP has made an extensive scientific and regulatory contribution to the betterment of chronic ecosystem impacts in the Eastern U.S. The Shenandoah Watershed Assessment Study (SWAS) program was established in 1979 to examine the effects of […]

Faculty Search: Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in atmospheric sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Department of Environmental Sciences invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in atmospheric sciences. We seek candidates who are dedicated to our mission and passionate about research and teaching in a world-class institution. Examples of research areas that would strengthen and enhance […]

Sleeping sands of the Kalahari awaken after more than 10,000 years

Dewes, Candida

I am working with Prof. Deborah Lawrence in the Food, Fuel and Forests Program of Distinction. I will be carrying out modeling experiments with NCAR’s Community Earth System Model (CESM) to assess how different policy-driven land use allocations can impact the global climate throughout the remainder of this century. For more information on my background, […]

Global Food Trade May Not Meet All Future Demand, U.Va. Study Indicates

With Seas Rising, U.Va. Researchers to Explore, Model Vulnerable Coastlines

Prof. D’Odorico: ‘Land Grabbing’ Could Help Feed at Least 300 Million People

Prof. Vivian Thomson interviewed on NPR about climate policy

Bee Research: Parasite Forces Host To Dig Its Own Grave

Shenandoah Watershed Research: Acid Rain’s Dirty Legacy

Prof. Deborah Lawrence interviewed about Deforestation and Climate Change on WINA

Prof. Karen McGlathery and G. Carleton Ray interviewed on WMRA about the importance and impacts of Earth Day

U.Va. to Lead Massive Climate Change Mapping and Modeling Project

Va. Supreme Court rules for U-Va. in global warming FOIA case

Prof. Vivian Thomson publishes new book, “Sophisticated Interdependence in Climate Policy: Federalism in the United States, Brazil, and Germany”

“In this engaging and carefully researched book, Vivian E. Thomson offers a politically astute roadmap for reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. Even when tackling a global problem like climate change, national and local institutions are as relevant as ever.” —Paul F. Steinberg, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy, Malcolm Lewis Chair in Sustainability […]

van den Bossche, Michael

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Twente University (2005) Ph. D. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia (2010) Michael works in Dr. de Wekker’s boundary layer meteorology research group on a wide variety of projects, including: – Integrating Doppler wind lidar in a trailer and in aircraft for mobile measurements of winds and turbulent features (in collaboration with Dr. […]

Longtime Trout Stream Researcher Rick Webb Retires

Professor Karen McGlathery has been appointed the University of Virginia’s inaugural associate vice president for research, sustainability and the environment

EnviroDay 2014 is January 20th, with keynote speaker Peter M. Groffman

H. Grant Goodell, long-time faculty member and former Chair of Environmental Sciences, died on December 19, 2013 at the age of 88.

2012-2013 Department of Environmental Sciences Annual Report has been released