How have footprints of livestock sector changed in 50 years? Researchers identify environmental tradeoffs of livestock

Department scientists develop new method for funding coastal restoration

Follow updates from the COP21 Conference with Department Alum

Professor Deborah Lawrence: The rainforests hold the key to taming El Niño’s destruction

Follow the department on Twitter: @uvaevsc

Researchers excavate trees to characterize root biomass distributions along a rainfall gradient

Research team demonstrates linkage between land grabs and deforestation in Cambodia

Graduate student Abby Lunstrum’s research on oysters highlighted by VWRRC

Firefly research by graduate student Ariel Firebaugh featured in Science News

New paper: The global land rush and climate change

New atmospheric sciences professor

The Department of Environmental Sciences welcomes Sally Pusede as a new assistant professor. She is an atmospheric chemist interested in interactions between the lower atmosphere, human health, and ecosystems. You can read more about her research on her profile page.

Professor H. H. Shugart editor-in-chief of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science

UVA Today profile on department research on the eastern shore

Professor Vivian Thomson interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Professor Alan Howard investigates results from Pluto as part of the NASA New Horizons science team

Professor Jim Galloway on changing acidification in Virginia watersheds

Plastic Degradation in Aquatic Environments

Plastic debris breaks down into tiny micro fragments in marine environments much faster than previously thought.

Tropical Deforestation Alters Climate, Puts Agriculture at Risk.

Tropical deforestation could yield as much global warming as we’ve seen since 1850, less rain in the tropics, and risks to food production.

Flux measurements at the bottom of the ocean

Underwater measurements of oxygen fluxes are invaluable for local and global carbon budgets

Combining Footprint Indicators for Food Products

Multi-footprint labeling to measure tradeoffs and synergies between different diets.

Professor Vivian Thomson interviewed on WalletHub about economy and environment

Study: World Population-Food Supply Balance is Becoming Increasingly Unstable

Your Nitrogen Footprint

The N Footprint Calculator can be used to estimate a person’s contribution to N pollution and to determine how it can be decreased.

Fire and Climate in Africa

Widespread fire may influence precipitation in African drylands

Climate Change on Saturn’s Largest Moon

The landscapes of Titan tell the story of its climatic evolution.

The role of floral scent in plant-pollinator interactions

Floral scent comprises a complex blend of volatile organic compounds that pollinators use to locate pollen and nectar sources.

Clouds, dynamics, and climate

Clouds are one of the biggest sources of uncertainty in modeling Earth’s climate system.

Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research

Understanding the response of coastal barrier systems to long-term environmental changes in climate, sea level and land use.

Blandy Experimental Farm

Ecological research in a broad range of habitats

The Panama Initiative

Interdisciplinary problem solving to advance teaching and research and to help shape sustainable and equitable development.

Long-term effects of acid deposition on Virginia trout streams

Deleterious acidic conditions persist in many mid-Appalachian streams despite dramatic reductions in acid deposition.

Alluvial Fans on Mars

Alluvial fans are one of the best proxies for deciphering the climate and potential habitability of ancient Mars

Department professors Paolo D’Odorico, Matt Reidenbach, and Karen McGlathery to participate in UVA Resilience Forum

Graduate student Kyle Davis explains changing trends in meat production

Professor Karen McGlathery discusses UVA’s role within the Virginia Sea Grant

U.Va. Joins Five Other Virginia Universities With Coastal Science Charter

Research opportunities for undergraduates

Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact graduate students about participating in research. Check out the program description and the list of potential graduate mentors.

Department researcher William Ruddiman argues against a specific start date to the anthropocene

What is the Anthropocene? A new geological era marked in the rock and sediment records of the earth? If so the start of the Anthropocene might be dated from 1945 when nuclear explosions left an indelible mark akin to past geological transitions. But is this the true beginning of the era of human domination implied […]

In Memoriam: Jay Zieman, Champion of Environmental Sciences Coastal Research

Environmental Sciences undergraduate student receives Truman scholarship

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Professor Jay Zieman

The Department of Environmental Sciences is sad to announce that Professor Joseph (Jay) Zieman passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Jay Zieman joined the Environmental Sciences faculty in 1971 and pursued his passion for coastal environments through research and teaching over the next forty plus years.  Jay’s research on aquatic plants, especially seagrasses, is […]

Biggs, Thomas

Pearthree, P.A., and Biggs, T.H., 1999, Surficial geology and geologic hazards of the Tucson Mountains, Pima County, Arizona: Avra, Brown Mountain, Cat Mountain, and Jaynes 7.5′ quadrangles: Arizona Geological Survey, Open-file Report 99-22, 19p., 2 sheets 1:24,000 scale. Biggs, T.H., Quade, J. and Webb, R.H., (in revision), Fire, nutrient concentrations, and ?13C of soil organic […]

Enviroday oral presentations posted online

Enviroday 2015 was a resounding success. All of the oral presentations, as well as the keynote address by Dr. Scott Dorney (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) are available on the Enviroday website (click each presentation for the recording).

NFWF/UVA Undergraduate Internship Announcement

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has openings for up to six University of Virginia Arts and Sciences advanced undergraduate student interns for the summer of 2015.  These internships are part of an ongoing partnership between NFWF and the University. Prospective interns should view the announcement for more information. Students are also encouraged to […]

Mentor List

Below is the list (in alphabetical order by last name) of graduate student mentors and a brief description of their research and opportunities to participate.  Please see the mentoring program page for details about the program format and goals.  This list is updated at the beginning of each semester (sometimes more frequently). Graduate students: If […]

Current Courses

The Fall 2015 course listing is not yet finalized. Please check back.

B.S. Lab Requirement

EVSC Courses that Meet Additional Lab Requirement for B.S. Degree   As a single course EVSC 3660 Tropical Field Ecology 4.00 EVSC 3665 Tropical Ecololgy & Conservation/Belize 3.00 EVSC 4100 Management of Forest Ecosystems 4.00 EVSC 4160 Forest Sampling 3.00 EVSC 4210 Methods in Aquatic Ecology 3.00 EVSC 4220 Aquatic Plant Ecology 3.00 EVSC 4270 […]

UVA Professor Jim Galloway and third year undergraduate Lia Cattaneo Explain Nitrogen Footprint

Department of Environmental Sciences professor Jim Galloway and third year undergraduate Lia Cattaneo organized a workshop where they discussed issues surrounding nitrogen pollution. Read more at NBC29.

Student Spotlight: Passion Leads Student to U.N. Conference on Climate Change

Riscassi, Ami

I have been the projects coordinator/research scientist for the Shenandoah Watershed Study/Virginia Trout Stream Sensitivity Study (SWAS/VTSSS) since 2014. My overarching goal as a scientist is to facilitate informed decisions by resource managers to keep our water resources healthy by answering fundamental questions related to watershed hydrology and contaminant transport. I received my B.S. in […]

Professor Vivian Thomson posts Brookings Institution energy/climate blog

Professor Vivian Thomson and Professor Sérgio Pacca highlight social, political, and economic commonalities when it comes to climate policy in the US and Brazil. Read the post here.  

Enviroday 2015

The Department of Environmental Sciences will host the 30th annual Enviroday Symposium on February 27th, 2015. Abstracts are due by January 1st. For more information please visit the Enviroday website.