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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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'Sun and Sea (Marina)' at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale

Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change – New course for Fall 2019, taught by Assistant Professor Emily Eliza Scott

Excerpt from College of Design article –

The course explores contemporary art, arts activism, and visual culture in relation to climate change, as well as the representational challenges climate change poses. The course has no-prerequisites and is open to all students. 

“It’s not just a scientific problem, or an economic problem, but it’s an issue that touches on everything—the social, ethical, and representational,” said Scott, who joined the College of Design in 2018. “How do you picture climate change? In many ways it escapes or resists straightforward

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UO-led research team works on board the MV Steller in front of Alaska’s LeConte Glacier (Photo courtesy of David Sutherland)

Study of glacial melt of tidewater glaciers, led by ENVS and Earth Sciences Associate Professor, Dave Stuherland featured in National Geographic and Around the O

Excerpt from Around the O Article – Working in ice-clogged seawater in small chartered boats, a University of Oregon-led research team successfully used sonar to scan Alaska’s LeConte Glacier in the first field tests of a long-used theory on melting that occurs under glaciers.

The theory, used in modeling to project climate-driven sea level rise, was shot down in its first real-world test and may need to be revised.

“What we found at this one location matters because many simulations of sea level rise and of iceberg melt all rely on this theory,” said the study’s

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Featured Faculty: Emily Scott

Emily Eliza Scott’s research focuses on contemporary art and design practices that engage pressing (political) ecological issues, often with the intent to actively transform real-world conditions. More broadly, it addresses art and the public sphere, critical approaches to the built environment, visual cultures of nature, social and environmental justice, and the capacity of art to produce non-instrumental forms of sensing and knowing. Prior to joining the UO in 2018, she was a Visiting Professor at the VU University Amsterdam, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Inst. for the History and Theory of

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