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 lead Dave Sutherland, an oceanographer in the UO’s Department of Earth Sciences. “So our findings throw this theory into question.”
Reporting in the July 26 issue of the journal Science, the team concluded that tidewater glaciers — those that empty from land valleys into ocean water — are potentially melting at two orders of magnitude, or some 100 times, faster than predicted.
Around the O Article – https://around.uoregon.edu/content/new-data-uo-led-study-may-change-glacial-melt-predictions
National Geographic Article – https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/07/alaskan-glaciers-melting-faster-than-previously-thought/
Collaboration between ENVS Faculty Nicolae Morar and Brendan Bohannan, urging changes in the language of the microbiome featured in Around the O
Excerpt from Around the O article:
Philosopher Nicolae Morar was perplexed by various metaphors tossed about by scientists studying the human microbiome. Microbiologist Brendan Bohannan was sure that thinking of the human body as an ecosystem correctly framed the research being done at the University of Oregon and elsewhere.
Three years later, after what Bohannan calls the most intensive collaboration he’s ever had, the two members of the UO’s Environmental Studies Program see eye to eye and, perhaps, equally changed in their assessment of a field that has exploded since the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project in 2007.
To read more, check out the full article: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-researchers-urge-changes-language-microbiome
Excerpt from Around the O website: Vable, MS ’12 (environmental studies), launched Young Mountain Tea in 2013 while on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Kumaon region.
At the time he was working with Avani, a Himalayan nonprofit that converts dead pine needles to fuel, giving people an alternative to chopping down trees. Inspired by the region’s potential to produce teas on par with neighboring Darjeeling, Vable promised Avani if they would plant tea, he would buy their entire harvest; the partners received a grant to get started and Young Mountain Tea was born.
Vable later secured a fellowship to open a Young Mountain Tea store in the US, now in Springfield. Since then, he’s won a World Tea award for building India’s next generation of tea producers and his company has secured national distribution for Kumaon teas.
Congratulations to Raj!
Study of oxygen levels in South Slough conducted by ENVS doctoral student and faculty featured in Around the O
A study led by Geoffrey Johnson, doctoral student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Program was recently featured in Around the O. Check out the article here: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/south-sloughs-oxygen-poor-water-may-be-due-climate-change
Co-authors on the study, which was published in the journal Estuaries and Coasts, were David Sutherland and Josh Roering, professors in the Department of Earth Sciences; Nathan Mathabane, a former graduate student in Roering’s lab; and Daniel Gavin, a professor in the Department of Geography.
“The study, Johnson said, potentially sets a starting point for exploring the historical record of estuaries to the north in the Pacific Northwest, many of which have been more prone to disruptions generated by hypoxia than the more southern estuaries.”
Congratulations to Lucas Silva for receiving the 2019 Research Award sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. This award recognizes a University of Oregon researcher whose research has made significant contributions to human knowledge related to sustainability.
Congratulations to Kory Russel (as well as colleagues Yekang Ko and Jacques Abelman) for receiving the 2019 Town and Gown Award sponsored by Community Relations. This award recognizes individuals or groups for projects that promote, educate or enhance a more sustainable community.
Congratulations to Sarah Stapleton for receiving the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by Office of the Provost’s Teaching Engagement Program. This award recognizes faculty who have developed pedagogy and curriculum which reinforce and advance principles of sustainability through course design and instruction.
Check out the Around the O article about the awards: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/campus-awards-recognize-efforts-improve-sustainability
For more information on the awards, follow this link: https://cpfm.uoregon.edu/2019-sustainability-award-winners
Recent ENVS alum collaborates with Material and Product Studies alum to create biodegradable plastic
ENVS alum Justin Lebuhn along with David Crinnion and Tanner Stickling, both Material and Product Studies alum launched Portland-based Algotek in 2018. They’re marketing the company’s biodegradable plastic as an alternative material for packaging and other items that are used only once. The group participated in the university’s 2017 Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, an annual entrepreneurial boot camp and competition for green business ideas.
The Community for Environmental Leaders Academic Residential Community (ARC) and the Grow Pod Lab were featured in this Around the O article. Briana Meier, a doctoral student in the environmental sciences, studies and policy program and graduate employee in the Office of Sustainability has served an essential role with the Lab in it’s inaugural year. Briana and Steve Mital, UO Office of Sustainability Director will present “The Grow Pod Lab: A UO Indoor Agriculture Experiment” at the food studies Food Talks series on April 19.
Congratulations to Briana Meier who has been selected as one of the recipients of the Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award. The award is designed to support outstanding graduate and law students pursuing academic, professional development or training enrichment opportunities during the summer.
Congratulations to Dan Shtob who has won the 2019 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Oregon. This is a highly prestigious award that, in the words of the Graduate School, “was established to recognize the outstanding teaching performance of experienced GEs who also excel in their academic degree program.”
ENVS and Sociology Associate Professor, Kari Norgaard featured in National Geographic article about rising concern around climate change.
ENVS 411 Wolves in Oregon: Conversations in Conservation and Controversy, a course designed by ENVS senior instructor and co-director of the Environmental Leadership Program Peg Boulay is the focus of this Oregon Quarterly article.
ENVS Assistant Professors Lauren Hallett and Lucas Silva are the focus of this Around the O article on the effects of climate change on soil biology.
ENVS Program Director and Professor of History, Mark Carey received the prestigious King Albert Mountain Award at a ceremony in Switzerland in September 2018. The honor is given to “persons or institutions that have distinguished themselves in some way in the mountain world”. The certificate recognized Carey for his lifelong devotion to the mountains, which began as a park ranger at Mount Rainier and Glacier National parks, his studies in Latin American and environmental history, his teaching role, and his Glacier Lab for the Study of Ice and Society. Read more about Mark’s achievement in Around the O.
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. Mitchell for the great work!
The Center for Environmental Futures (CEF) was recently awarded a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The award will allow the Center to further its commitment to environmental work, justice and sustainability by allowing it to increase student research and training opportunities, and by expanding interdisciplinary partnerships through the humanities and allied fields.
The CEF is a group of faculty and students at the University of Oregon sharing a common interest in environmentalism and social justice, that aims to encourage and support research and dialogue with various stakeholders in the greater Eugene community. Currently, the CEF is co-directed by Dr. Stephanie LeMenager and Dr. Marsha Weisiger. The CEF (established in 2016) will continue to build on the University of Oregon’s longstanding commitment to the environmental humanities by organizing and coordinating curriculum development, field schools, film festivals, research incentives, and symposiums aimed at critically engaging with our most pressing environmental problems.
The CEF will be organizing the second annual Emerald Earth Film Festival, Documenting the Oceans between April 28th-29th at the Redwood Auditorium at the Erb Memorial Union. The CEF will also be organizing an open to all symposium, “Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands” between May 9th and 11th. For more information on the Center for Environmental Futures and updates on upcoming events, please visit.
Congratulations to the Center for it’s outstanding work!
Environmental Studies PhD. first year student Hugo Seguin was recently
interviewed on Radio Canada’s flagship Science radio show,
“Les années lumières”. The interview detailed Hugo’s decision to
pursue his studies at the Environmental Science, Studies and Policy
program at the University of Oregon.
Hugo’s research focuses on how public policy makers make decisions on
complex environmental conflicts. These decisions are of particular
importance given the number of stakeholders and the ethical frameworks
and processes involved, like, for example, in energy development
projects. Hugo is also interested in the fundamental causes of the
dysfunctional relationship we have with our natural environment, and
the way agents think ethically in the context of making of such
Hugo’s hometown is Montreal, Quebec, and he regularly appears on
Radio-Canada’s tv, web and radio broadcasts as an expert on global
climate policy issues. He has participated (albeit reluctantly at
times) in multiple UN led international climate negotiations, and is a
lecturer and fellow at two other Canadian institutes of higher
learning. Hugo’s teaching focuses on fostering learning with practical
research experiences. Some of his recent columns can be found below.
The entire interview (in French) can be listened to here.
Congratulations Hugo, and thank you for making us proud!
It’s here! The 2017 Ecotone has arrived, carrying on another year of tradition here at the UO Environmental Studies Program. Each year, ENVS graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty come together to produce this creative literary publication, and every issue is full of unique surprises and thought-provoking insights into the world around us.
Please stop by the ENVS office to pick up your very own hard copy.
A huge thanks again to everyone who made it possible!
UO will host this year’s Joint Campus Conference (JCC) on May 30th, 2017. The JCC is an annual event that brings together graduate students and faculty from three programs: the Environmental Sciences Program at Oregon State University, the Environmental Sciences and Management Program at Portland State University, and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon.
See here for the schedule and more information on how to submit your poster and oral presentation abstracts!
Congratulations to all our faculty who have won awards this year!
-Brendan Bohannan (Biology) was recently elected to the American Academy of Microbiology Fellows.
-Kory Russell (Landscape Architecture),
Peter Walker (Geography), and Nicolae Morar (Philosophy) have each received the 2017 Faculty Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
–Ronald Mitchell (Political Science) is one of three recipients of the 2016-2017 Tykeson Teaching Award. The award annually recognizes one exceptional faculty member in each of the three CAS divisions.
– Stephen Wooten for won the UO Excellence in Teaching Award for Sustainability for his work developing the Food Studies Program.
-Program director Richard York is the 2017 recipient of the Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology (ASA-ETS).
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