“I was drawn to Environmental Studies by my love for the many landscapes that have cradled me throughout my life, a love that turns to motivated rage when I reflect on the misguided political, social, and economic forces that, on a routine basis, unnecessarily endanger these and other places that matter deeply to living beings of all sorts,” says Kirsten Vinyeta, PhD candidate in Environmental Studies and Sociology. Although in her fist year as a PhD student, Kirsten’s passion for environmental justice blossomed during her time as a Master’s student at UO. (more…)
The USDA Forest Service has just published a new General Technical Report, Climate Change through an Intersectional Lens: Gendered Vulnerability and Resilience in Indigenous Communities in the United States, with Environmental Studies PhD candidate Kirsten Vinyeta as the lead author. (more…)
Climate change has traditionally been considered as an issue of the physical sciences, but a team of UO scholars have just turned that idea inside-out. (more…)
Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, has recently published Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, a new book co-edited with Vernon W. Cisney. The concept of “biopower” was developed by Michel Foucault, and has become a highly fertile concept in recent theory. In Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, the term is used to describe “a power bent on generating forces, making them grow, and ordering them, rather than one dedicated to impeding them, making them submit, or destroying them.” According to the publisher, Morar and Cisney’s new volume brings together “leading contemporary scholars to explore the many theoretical possibilities that the concept of biopower has enabled in debates ranging from health-care rights to immigration laws, HIV prevention discourse, genomics medicine, and many other topics. (more…)
The McKenzie River is the lifeblood of Eugene, OR. Running 90 miles from its headwaters in Clear Lake in the Cascades, it courses through a watershed sculpted by lava flows, meanders through the lush northern rainforest, crashes down waterfalls, squeezes through hydroelectric dams, and finally filters into our homes through our tap water faucets. (more…)
Environmental studies students have made their mark in this season’s issue of the CAScade, the College of Arts and Sciences’ official magazine. In the feature article on students addressing climate change from a variety of research backgrounds, two of core faculty member Ron Mitchell‘s mentees are highlighted for their work in political science, as well as an environmental science major studying oxygen levels in the ocean. Environmental studies major Lincoln James is the focus of an additional article for his work on the history of glaciology.
Graduate students in the Environmental Studies program at UO contribute to the field in some inspiring ways. Recently Environmental Studies PhD candidate Sierra Deutsch traveled to Myanmar and Cambodia to study natural resource management, and wrote an article about it in Voices from the Sylff Community. From the Sylff website:
Sierra Deutsch, a Sylff fellow at the University of Oregon, went to Myanmar and Cambodia to assess the two countries’ different approaches to natural resource management. In this article, she describes the preliminary findings of her research and argues that the experiences of local people affected by natural resource policies are important and may have implications for the success of those policies.
To read Sierra’s article, The Socioeconomic Dimension of Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation, visit Voices from the Sylff Community.
ReNews, the newsletter of the Environmental Studies Program, was established in 2013 when faculty, staff, and graduate students decided to separate out the two main functions of the program’s journal, The Ecotone: that of a journal and that of a newsletter. While initially a short bulletin, The Ecotone has matured into a journal that serves as a space for interdisciplinary academic dialogue and creative expression. ReNews was created to provide an annual report to alumni, donors, prospective students, and general supporters and friends about the Environmental Studies Program, people, and accomplishments.
To view ReNews, please click here for an easy-to-read online magazine format.
Initially Justin Culman was hesitant to become an Environmental Science major. The amount of credits required seemed daunting, but once he realized he could manage a four-year plan with Environmental Sciences and a double major in Geography, he was sold on switching into the program. (more…)
Keyyana Blount has always loved estuaries. Growing up in southern Maryland, her primary education began with the basic ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. During her time at Salisbury University, she completed an undergraduate research internship with the EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division laboratory in Narragansett, RI on the climate change effects on salt marsh plants. “During this internship,” she says, “I had the privilege of spending many summer days in the beautiful salt marshes of New England. In the field, I realized how dynamic these ecosystems were, and also how vulnerable they may be to climate change.” These experiences encouraged Keyyana to study the potential effects of climate change on coastal wetland ecosystems, and to find ways to protect and preserve them. (more…)
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
The University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program is seeking an exceptional scholar in environmental science with a strong research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level for a full time (1.0 FTE) position as a tenure-track assistant professor with a 9 month appointment. Desired start date: Fall 2016. (more…)
The 2015 issue of The Ecotone has arrived! The Ecotone is the journal of the Environmental Studies Program and is created by graduate students at the University of Oregon. It provides a venue for communication and exchange within and beyond the Environmental Studies Program among undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and facilitates cross-campus dialogue between disciplines and departments.
The 2015 Journal of Environmental Studies is on its way! In the mean-time, check out the 2014 issue here.
The Environmental Studies Program is pleased to announce that no less than three of our core faculty received awards in the UO’s inaugural Sustainability Awards Program, sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.
Peg Boulay and Katie Lynch received the Excellence In Teaching Award for their work in the Environmental Leadership Program. This award recognizes faculty members who have developed a curriculum that emphasizes the principles and advancement of sustainability practices. The award honors a person (or people) whose teaching creatively incorporates principles of sustainability or inspires students to participate in sustainability projects on and off campus, or both. Congratulations Peg and Katie!
Ronald Mitchell received the Research Innovation Award for his International Environmental Agreements Database project. This award is given to a University of Oregon project or Oregon company distributing or commercializing products or services developed from UO research that improve sustainability. Congratulations Ron!
Mark Carey, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies and Associate Dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award presented by the Division of Undergraduate Studies and All Campus Advising. Please join the Environmental Studies Program in congratulating Mark.
Learn more about Mark Carey here.
Join us for the 2nd annual Environmental Connect!
This unique networking event is a collaboration between theEnvironmental Studies Program and the Career Center, during which you’ll be able to talk in a business-casual setting with professionals in the environmental field, some of whom may be hiring for jobs and internships. Whether you’re a freshman, senior, or graduate student, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet new people and start building your professional network!
Date/Time: May 7, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: EMU Ballroom
Please RSVP at the following link: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eLHRU6r1NizE1jT.
The Environmental Studies Program is very excited to announce that our own faculty member, Katie Lynch, has been invited to join the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program Council. Lynch is currently the co-director of the Environmental Leadership Program, Environmental Education Instructor, and undergraduate advisor to Environmental Studies students. The mission of the Council is to facilitate the implementation of the Environmental Literacy Plan by “creating thoughtful connections with the natural world through education and engagement.” The Council will be responsible for encouraging educational agencies and public schools to participate in environmental education programs. The plan operates in tandem with the “No Oregon Child Left Inside Act,” a bill signed into law in 2009 that encourages students from kindergarten to college to have hands-on learning experiences in Oregon biomes. (more…)
Haven’t had a chance to check out the ENVS Program’s ELP photography exhibit? The images are now on display at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Led by ELP Co-Director, Peg Boulay, the project aimed to tackle the complex relationships between humans and nature as seen through restoration projects. In Boulay’s words, “with the ‘Restoregon’ project, we shifted our lenses to the questions of how and why people restore nature, how nature restores people and how to restore a deep connection between people and planet.”
See the full writeup at AROUNDtheO.