Prof. Yang’s SIF system and research on crop photosynthesis published in JGR-B

Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Xi Yang is a coauthor on a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. The study used the sun-induced fluorescence (SIF) system designed by Prof. Yang to continuously monitor soybean photosynthesis. The increased understanding of the connection between SIF and photosynthesis at the local scale is an […]

Professor Thomson’s 2017 book, Climate of Capitulation, wins prestigious award from American Publishers’ Association.

Professor Vivian Thomson’s 2017 book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (MIT Press), won the honorable mention award in the 2018 PROSE competition, for the Government and Politics category. The PROSE awards, awarded yearly, recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing.

Enviroday 2018 on Feb 23

The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences graduate students will host this years research symposium on February 23rd. Find more info (including schedule, keynote speaker, and more) on the Enviroday website.

Coastal resilience and VA Eastern Shore in UVAToday Illimitable video

Department research on coastal resilience is the focus of a recent video created by UVAToday Illimitable. Professor Karen McGlathery, Research Professor Peter Berg, and Ph.D. student Amelie Berger talk about Virginia’s Eastern Shore, their research, and implications on carbon capture and coastal change. Check out the video at UVAToday Illimitable.

Research on freshwater salinization syndrome covered by Technology Networks

A paper led by University of Maryland’s Sujay Kaushal and co-authored by UVA Envi Sci’s Professor Mike Pace has been published in PNAS and covered by Technology Networks. The study used data from 232 USGS sites to find that most streams and rivers in the eastern U.S. are becoming saltier and more alkaline. Read the […]

Video on Prof. Lawrence’s new course “Words on paper: history of climate science, policy and art”

UVA Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence was interviewed by UVA Sustainability about her new, 1-credit course “Words on paper: history of climate science, policy and art”. The course will combine climate science, climate policy, art, and politics, and will also allow for those not enrolled in the course to participate. For more information check out […]

Grad student Wang’s paper featured on enviornmentalresearchweb

Department of Environmental Sciences graduate student Bin Wang’s recent paper “Sensitivity of global greenhouse gas budgets to tropospheric ozone pollution mediated by the biosphere” has been featured on environmentalresearchweb. Wang and his coauthors/advisors Hank Shugart and Manuel Lerdau found that high concentrations of tropospheric ozone pollution could stimulate soil carbon dioxide emissions, transforming rural areas […]

Department work on coastal erosion highlighted

Department of Environmental Sciences research on coastal erosion has been highlighted in UVA Today. Graduate student Amy Ferguson’s work at the Virginia Eastern Shore was featured in a video on coastal erosion and living shorelines. Check out the video and read more here.

Professor Thomson on NPR, Roanoke Times, and Sierra Club

Professor Vivian Thomson comments on a possible pumped storage hydroelectric facility in southwest Virginia. Read more and listen to the interview on NPR. Professor Thomson also wrote an op-ed for the Roanoke Times on special interests and campaign donations in Virginia. Read more here. Thomson’s recent book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

Res. Prof. Peter Berg Elected ASLO Fellow

Research Professor Peter Berg was elected to the 2016 class of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Fellows. The ASLO Fellows program honors individuals who have given tirelessly of their time and talents to support ASLO’s mission to advance the sciences of limnology and oceanography. He will be honored during the […]

Fourth Year Samantha Heitsch and the Plight of the Bumblebee

Grad student Sharon Wilson’s new paper: Some Ancient Mars Lakes Came Long After Others

Prof. James Galloway to Participate in “Our Ocean” Conference

EVSC Professor James Galloway will be one of the scenesetters for a session on “Stemming the Tide of Ocean Pollution” at the  “Our Ocean” conference on Friday Sept. 16, 2016 in Washington D.C. Other speakers at the conference include President Barak Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and a host of  leaders and senior diplomats […]

Professor James Galloway and Elizabeth Castner helped develop the Bay Footprint Tool to assess your impact on nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay

Prof. Reidenbach and colleagues awarded $1 million research grant from NSF to study neural and cognitive systems in marine organisms as part of the BRAIN Initiative

In-depth review of Professor Vivian Thomson’s 2014 book, Sophisticated Interdependence in Climate Policy, pronounces it “compelling” with “important insights,” “allowing us to call the option offense on climate policy.”

Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences workshop/internship application (co-sponsored by ARCS, NASA, and EVSC) due 3/1/2016

Professor Vivian Thomson signs with MIT Press to publish her third book, “Coal Nation: Power, Air Pollution and the Clean Air Act”

Professor Jim Galloway will receive the Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation from VA Museum of Natural History

News release: Awardees named for 29th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards Virginia Museum of Natural History statewide event to be held March 24 at the historic Wayne Theater in Waynesboro, Virginia   MARTINSVILLE, Va. (January 8, 2016) – The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville has announced the award recipients for its 29th annual Thomas […]

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

Professor Vivian Thomson interviewed on WalletHub about economy and environment

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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.

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

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 […]

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

Prof. Karen McGlathery and grad student Matthew Oreska help develop first greenhouse gas methodology for tidal wetland and seagrass restoration to verified carbon standard

Restore America’s Estuaries Submits First Greenhouse Gas Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration to Verified Carbon Standard Wetland and Seagrass Restoration One Step Closer to Receiving Offsets Today, Restore America’s Estuaries submitted “Greenhouse Gas Accounting Methods for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration” to the Verified Carbon Standard to begin the approval process.This ground-breaking methodology […]

Prof. Alan Howard receives G.K. Gilbert Award

Prof. Alan Howard Alan received 2 prestigious awards this fall, one from the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the other from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). At the annual Geological Society of America meeting, Alan received the 2013 G.K. Gilbert Award, presented annually by the Planetary Geology Division of GSA for outstanding contributions to […]

G. Carleton Ray awarded the “Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences” first NOGI Award for Environment

G. Carleton Ray The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) is pleased to announce the first recipient of the first NOGI Award for Environment to G. Carleton Ray PhD., who will be presented the distinguished statuette during the annual NOGI Awards Gala on Thursday, November 7, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. In making this announcement, […]

Environmental Sciences offers massive open online course (MOOC) linking biology and geomorphology in coastal wetlands

Environmental Sciences offers massive open online course (MOOC) linking biology and geomorphology in coastal wetlands EVSC 4993, EVSC 9999: Linking biology and geomorphology in coastal wetlands Linda Blum, Karen McGlathery, and Matt Reidenbach, as part of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program (VCR-LTER), are collaborating with other faculty around the country to […]

Prof. Manuel Lerdau: Climate change great for ragweed, bad for allergy sufferers

New issue of the journal, Oceanography, highlights coastal LTER research

A special issue in the journal, Oceanography, highlights coastal LTER research. Prof. Karen McGlathery, head of the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) LTER program at UVA, along with Merryl Alber (GCE), and Dan Reed (SCS) were the co-editors.  The issue contains three VCR papers: Marsh Collapse Does Not Require Sea Level Rise S. Fagherazzi, G. Mariotti, P.L. […]

Better Than Space Camp: Graduate student Adrianna Foster spends summer at NASA

Grad Students Lead Del. Toscano (minority leader, VA House of Delegates) on Tour of Environmental Science Research

Emeritus Prof. Bruce Hayden starts new blog on climate and ecosystem interactions

Study: Two-Thirds of Eastern U.S. Rivers Are Alkaline

BIOMASS, a Satellite to Monitor World’s Forests, Set for 2020 Launch

Summer Session 2013: Students Study the Silver Screen and the Deep Blue Sea

UVA Bay Game Wins National Education Award

Ozone Masks Plant’s Volatiles, Confusing Plant-Eating Insects and Pollinators

Professor Stephan de Wekker Uses Small Copter for Weather Research, Teaching

Prof. Hank Shugart awarded $700,000 NASA Grant for Intensive Computing Summer School

Summer Internships Available – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Summer Internship – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Washington, DC The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has openings for up to six University of Virginia Arts and Sciences advanced undergraduate students for the summer of 2013.  These internships are part of a recently-developed, ongoing partnership between NFWF and the University.  Compensation will be $6,000 […]

Prof. Jim Galloway and Allison Leach’s Nitrogen Footprint Model Paper Receives ‘Best of Year’ Award

Prof. D’Odorico publishes first global assessment of land and water ‘grabbing’

Prof. Jim Galloway and students determine human nitrogen footprint

Prof. Deborah Lawrence works with Asian Universities to mitigate climate change

Robert Swap named Virginia Professor of the Year

Salt marsh carbon may play role in slowing climate warming

Prof. Karen McGlathery featured in NSF article about climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems

Multiple student awards at 2nd Annual President’s Research Poster Competition

Global Study: Seagrasses Can Store More Carbon Than Forests

Paolo D’Odorico’s research on Kalahari Dunes published in Environmental Research Letters

Prof. Howard Epstein wins All-University Teaching Award

Precise Mapping Helps Eastern Shore Residents Make Informed Land-Use Decisions

EnviSci grad students win multiple awards at annual Huskey Research Expo

Following the Flow: U.Va. scientists and educators assess and improve water quality

Seagrass Restoration in Virginia’s Coastal Bays Proving Successful, Studies Show

Student Summer Internships available – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Summer Internship – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Washington, DC The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has openings for up to six University of Virginia Arts and Sciences advanced undergraduate students for the summer of 2012.  These internships are part of a new, ongoing partnership between NFWF and the University.  Compensation will be $6,000 […]

Video of Mike Mann’s talk at EnviroDay (Tues. Jan 17th)

U.Va. and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partner to address conservation issues

Virginia brook trout streams mostly recovering from acid deposition

Profs. Janet Herman and Karen Rice find earth’s acidity is rising

U.Va. Environmental Scientists Study Coastal Change, Effects of Hurricanes

New Study Shows Scientists Can Detect Impending Ecosystem Collapse

Grad students Amy Grady and David Seekell awarded NSF graduate research fellowships

Graduate Students Amy Grady and David Seekell have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2011-2014. These are extremely competitive and prestigious fellowships which cover tuition and stipend for their graduate work. Amy’s award is from the Geosciences division at NSF while David’s is from Ecology.

Prof. Matt Reidenbach receives All-University teaching award

Prof. Paolo D’Odorico awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Seven Chesapeake Bay-Region Universities Play U.Va. Bay Game on Earth Day

Study by prof. Hank Shugart and grad student Jacquelyn Shuman show Russian Boreal Forests Undergoing Vegetation Change

James N. Galloway presents distinguished guest lecture to Royal Society of Chemistry

Bill Ruddiman’s research on the impact of methane on climate is highlighted on the Discovery Channel

Grad student Kim Holzer’s research featured on cover of the journal, Estuaries and Coasts

Grad student Kim Holzer’s research was featured on the cover of the January 2011 issue of the journal, Estuaries and Coasts.

Grad student Charlie Clarkson’s research on birds featured in The Daily Progress

UVA’s Chesapeake Bay Game selected as one of IBM’s World Community Grid research projects

G. Carleton Ray describes impacts of Arctic ice thinning in a New York Times article

Prof. Paolo D’Odorico’s work on droughts featured in Huffington Post

Congratulations to the 2010 Environmental Sciences graduates: photos of ceremony

Prof. Matt Reidenbach awarded grant to study climate change impacts on coral reefs

Prof. Amato Evan studying links between volcanic activity and hurricanes

Undergrad Dan Michaelson featured in UVA Today for work in sustainability

Carl Moses, Ph.D., 1988, named Provost at Susquehanna University

Carl O. Moses, Ph.D., currently the deputy provost for academic affairs at Lehigh University, has been named the new provost at Susquehanna University. Moses will assume his new duties on July 1.  Carl received a Master of Science degree in environmental sciences  in 1982 that was directed by Kirk Nordstrom. His Ph.D. in environmental sciences […]

Emeritus Prof. Bill Ruddiman awarded 2010 Lyell Medal by the Geological Society of London

Bill Ruddiman, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, has been awarded the 2010 Lyell Medal by the Geological Society of London. The Geological Society of London is the oldest geological society in the world (founded in 1807).  The Lyell Medal, one of the premier medals of the Society, is given to someone who has made a […]

Bridget Long awarded best undergrad student presentation at Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting

Bridget Long received the award for best undergrad student presentation at the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society in Atlantic City. Bridget’s paper was on below ground production of saltmarsh grasses and was coauthored with Linda Blum and John Haywood, a graduate student at East Carolina University. Congratulations Bridget!

Michelle Henry named 2010 Luce Scholarship Winner

Five EVSC undergraduates win Harrison Awards

Congratulations to 5 of our undergraduate Environmental Sciences or Environmental Thought and Practice majors who have been awarded 2010 Harrison Undergraduate Research awards. The University of Virginia’s Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer of 2010 and the 2010-2011 academic year. Award winners: Michael Downey, 21, […]

Marcia Delonge wins 2010 Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences & Engineering

Graduate student Marcia Delonge was recently presented with the 2010 Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences & Engineering, given by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia. This award recognizes demonstrated achievement in original scholarship. Award winners are chosen based on a significant track record of peer-reviewed scholarship and/or […]

Prof. Alan Howard awarded G.K. Warren Prize from the National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Alan D. Howard has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences’ 2010 G.K. Warren Prize. Established by Emily B. Warren in memory of her father, the award honors noteworthy and distinguished accomplishment to fluviatile morphology and closely related aspects of the geological sciences. Prof. Howard is “being honored for his seminal contributions on the theory […]

Grad student David Lutz awarded grant to study Russian boreal forests

Graduate student David Lutz was recently awarded a $40,000 grant to study the impact of climate change on Russian boreal forests. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation as an international project in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences. Congratulations David! Information about the U.S. Civilian Research and Development […]

Research by grad student Kim Holzer featured on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website

Prof. Michael Garstang unveils art as gift to Environmental Sciences

Prof. Vivian Thomson publishes new book: “Garbage In, Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport”

Associate Professor Vivian Thomson’s book, “Garbage In, Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport”, is now in print (University of Virginia Press, 2009).  This work examines interstate trash transport in the United States within a broad social, economic, and cultural context that includes comparisons with practices in the EU and Japan.

Meredith Ferdie Muth awarded Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Graduate student Meredith Ferdie Muth was recently awarded a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those […]

Grad student Noah Egge wins prestigious Knowles Science Fellowship

Impact of Weather on Human Behavior class featured in UVA Today

Jennifer Romanowich awarded NSF graduate fellowship

Graduate student Jennifer Romanowich was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This is an extremely competitive and prestigious award, and funds her Ph.D. research at the University of Virginia. Her fellowship is through the Biological Oceanography program at NSF to study the hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes occurring in seagrass and coral […]

Prof. Deborah Lawrence named a fellow in Jefferson Science, Fulbright and Guggenheim Programs

Deborah Lawrence, associate professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, has recently been named a Jefferson Science Fellow by the U.S. Department of State, pending diplomatic security clearance approval. UVA Today Announcement Lawrence this year also was named a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. She earned these two awards to continue work […]

Prof. Mike Pace honored with G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award

The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography has honored Prof. Michael Pace with the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award The G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award has been presented annually since 1982 to recognize excellence in any aspect of limnology or oceanography. The award is intended to symbolize the quality and innovations toward which the society strives and […]

Prof. James Galloway awarded Tyler Environmental Prize

James N. Galloway of the University of Virginia, a prescient explorer of nitrogen’s wide-ranging effects on local and global ecosystems, is one of two recipients of the 2008 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

U.Va. Researchers find flowers’ fragrance diminished by air pollution

Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source, a new University of Virginia study indicates.

Prof. Todd Scanlon’s work featured on cover of Nature

Todd M. Scanlon, assistant professor of environmental sciences at U.Va., and colleagues used high-resolution satellite imagery to study the prevalence of self-organized vegetation patterns across a regional rainfall gradient in southern Africa.

Grad student Ami Riscassi awarded EPA STAR fellowship

Graduate student Ami Riscassi was recently awarded a 2008 EPA STAR fellowship for her proposed work on mercury distribution, transport, and transormation in forested headwater catchments.