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).
Are you looking for an internship or a volunteer opportunity? Environmental Connect is just for you!
The University of Oregon Graduate School has announced this year’s award recipients, and among them is our very own Jared Pruch, first year master’s candidate in Environmental Studies. Jared has been awarded the David S Easly Award, which supports outstanding master’s and doctoral students pursuing degrees related to environmental conservation and preservation. (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…)
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.
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…)
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.
Started by ENVS alum Raj Vable, the Eugene tea company Young Mountain Tea is a tea company with a social mission. Currently they are working with Himalayan farmers to grow new Indian tea ad are seeing $24,000 through crowdfunding to build the new sustainable tea region.
Young Mountain Tea, based in Eugene, Oregon, is partnering with farmers in the Indian Himalayas to grow the first tea that will lay the foundation for a new tea region. The partnership is turning to Kickstarter, the popular online crowdfunding platform, to raise the funds to create this tea.
The 30-day, $24,000 fundraising campaign starts February 17, 2015.
The project was inspired by Young Mountain Tea Founder Raj Vable’s experience working in the remote Kumaon region in the foothills of the Himalayas. As a graduate student at the University of Oregon, he started working with a Himalayan non-profit named Avani that creates rural livelihoods.
In 2013, he returned to the region on a Fulbright Fellowship and struck a deal with Avani – if they would grow tea, he would buy it. Later that year he returned to the United States, teamed up with friends also involved in social entrepreneurship and formed Young Mountain Tea.
“We named our company after the rising Himalayas, a mountain range that is still going up as the Indian subcontinent slams into Asia,” Vable noted.
After planting their first acre of tea saplings last year, this project will raise the funds to harvest, process and deliver the first tea. They are processing it as a white tea called white peony, traditionally known as Bai Mudan.
Backers of the projects will:
- Be the first to drink a new white tea hand made in small batches, using traditional techniques and the highest quality leaves.
- Create dignified rural livelihoods for remote mountain communities in the Kumaon region of the Indian Himalayas.
- Increase the resilience of mountain ecosystems by supporting organic permaculture that intercrops tea with other mountainous crops to restore biodiversity, strengthen native soils, and prevent landslides.
Backer rewards range from a $15 pouch of this new tea to a $2,500 authentic Indian Tea Pilgrimage, including spending time in the new tea region with Vable and the team.
To learn more, check out the Young Mountain Tea website.
In January of 2014, the Environmental Leadership Program’s River Stories Team asked itself two questions: “what if we could listen to our water source?” and “what would the McKenzie River tell us?” What followed was an intensive process involving 30 interviews with McKenzie River community members, multimedia products drawing on text, photography, audio, and film, and four major community events where the students showcased their work.
The McKenzie River cascades 90 miles from its headwaters at Clear Lake to its convergence with the Willamette River in Eugene; its cold, clear waters are home to McKenzie Red Sides, endangered Chinook Salmon, and countless other species. Together with community partners including the Lane County Historical Museum, McKenzie River Trust, and the McKenzie River Drift Boat Museum, students operated under the conviction that storytelling matters, and that stories about the McKenzie can help preserve its unique heritage, promote stewardship, and draw residents from the greater Eugene area into a closer and more communicative relationship with their only water source.
An ongoing exhibit at the Lane County Historical Museum, scheduled to run until January 2015, is currently serving as the team’s capstone collaboration. “McKenzie River Stories” showcases the work of the team by featuring stories of the original McKenzie River drift boat builders, stories and audio clips from current residents, vivid river photographs and video footage, and a white water boat made by Woodie Hindman for Prince Helfrich. The team describes the many voices featured as similar to “one of the many springs and streams that converge in the McKenzie River; before we can hear the ripples echo, we must first step in.” In the exhibit, the River Stories team encourages visitors to think about their own connection to the McKenzie and how to sustain a conversation with their water source.
Supporting the main exhibit, the team has also installed “River Stories” around town at water fountains and other locations where people interact with the McKenzie. These posters feature photography and quotes about the river and further the team’s goal of promoting awareness, connection, and stewardship of the McKenzie River. To hear these stories and for more information, please click here.
The River Stories Team has also emerged from their experience with a new respect for how difficult some stories can be to access. “Countless unheard voices along the McKenzie River,” they write, “resound in the shadows of the stories that rise to the surface. Many historical and social factors combine to create these silences, but if considered thoughtfully, they can be as transformative and as revealing as the oral histories we do hear . . . For instance, the indigenous names for the river have been dislocated, replaced by the name of a passing fur trader. Our team acknowledges that we have only skimmed the surface of the depth of stories that exists at the intersection of people and place along the McKenzie River.”
What is your McKenzie River story? What if you could listen to your water source? Stop by the Lane County Historical Museum for a chance to explore with the students of UO’s Environmental Leadership Program.
ELP is currently recruiting students for winter and spring of 2015. Click here for more information.
On May 6, the White House released Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA). For the first time, a dedicated chapter on the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples, lands and resources was included, with ENVS-affiliated faculty Kathy Lynn serving as a lead author.
The NCA, which delivers on USGCRP’s legal mandate and the President’s Climate Action Plan, is the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report ever generated on U.S. climate impacts, both as currently observed and as projected for the future. The Third NCA documents climate change-related impacts and responses across key sectors and all regions of the U.S. with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels. An important feature of this interactivity is the traceability of the data and other information in the report, giving users the means to refer back to these data for their analyses and decision support. The site is mobile-compatible and every piece of the report—from highlights to chapters to key messages to graphics—has its own unique URL for social network sharing. Please find below links that will help you navigate the Third NCA:
- Full Report: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/
- Highlights: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/highlights
- Chapter 12: “Indigenous Peoples, Lands and Resources”: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/sectors/indigenous-peoples