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The Environmental Studies Program trains leaders in creative problem solving, critical thinking, and responsible citizenship.

Building on the University of Oregon’s long tradition of environmental research and activism, our program sets the standard in interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration with more than 100 participating faculty from thirty campus programs and departments. ENVS degree programs are flexible and tailored to meet specific educational and career goals, providing students with the opportunities to work alongside world-class scholars and researchers, develop concrete skills and analytical abilities, and gain hands-on experience relevant to careers in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private industry, and academic fields.

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UO undergraduate Rachel Cleveland advocates for scientific research funding

UO Environmental Studies Senior Rachel Cleveland was recently in DC to learn about science policy and converse with political staff on the importance of funding scientific research.

Rachel was able to attend Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering conference  from March 18-21. The CASE program is largely funded largely by the UO vice president of research and innovation with support also provided by Government and Community Relations.

Out of nearly 200 workshop participants, Rachel was the only one from Oregon, and one of the few undergraduates present. At their time there, Rachel


Ron Mitchell selected for Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement

Dr. Ronald Mitchell, Professor in Environmental Studies and Political Science, was recently selected for the Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award.

The awardee is selected by the American Political Science Association’s Science, Technology & Environmental Politics section. It is given in in recognition of a lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology and environmental politics.Dr. Mitchell was also awarded the Tykeson Teaching Award in 2017, which is awarded annually to an exceptional faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations again Dr.


Featured Faculty: Lauren Hallett


Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology Dr. Lauren Hallett joined the University of Oregon faculty in the Fall of 2017. Dr. Hallett is a plant community ecologist whose research spans a variety of ecosystems (including woodlands, serpentine grasslands, working rangelands, and alpine). Her research themes include community assembly, species coexistence, functional traits, ecosystem stability and resilience theory.


The Hallett lab aims to produce “usable” science to improve ecosystem management. This is achieved through a combination of long-term data analysis,