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April 9, 2019

Community for Environmental Leaders & the Grow Pod Lab featured in Around the O

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.

March 26, 2019

Two ENVS Doctoral Candidates receive prestigious campus awards

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.”

Briana Meier
Dan Shtob

February 1, 2019

ENVS and Sociology Associate Professor, Kari Norgaard featured in National Geographic

ENVS and Sociology Associate Professor, Kari Norgaard featured in National Geographic article about rising concern around climate change.


Homes and businesses were left in devastation by Hurricane Michael in October 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Storms like this are waking more people up to a changing climate. Photograph by Mark Wallheiser, Getty Images

Homes and businesses were left in devastation by Hurricane Michael in October 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Storms like this are waking more people up to a changing climate.
Photograph by Mark Wallheiser, Getty Images

January 15, 2019

Wolves in Oregon course featured in Oregon Quarterly

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.

December 20, 2018

ENVS professor studies the relationship between wildfire and landslides in the PNW

ENVS professor Josh Roering is the focus of this Around the O article about the increased threat of landslides as wildfires rise.


October 19, 2018

ENVS Assistant Professors focus projects that look at climate stresses on West Coast rangeland

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.


October 2, 2018

ENVS Program Director Mark Carey receives prestigious King Albert Mountain Award

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.

June 15, 2018

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. Mitchell for the great work!

April 23, 2018

Center for Environmental Futures receives $600,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

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!


January 31, 2018

ENVS on the Airwaves: Hugo Seguin

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!

June 27, 2017

The 2017 edition of The Ecotone is here!

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-proCovervoking insights into the world around us.

Please stop by the ENVS office to pick up your very own hard copy.

The Ecotone


A huge thanks again to everyone who made it possible!




April 20, 2017

Submit your Abstracts to the JCC Conference!

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 UnivPrintersity, 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!

March 20, 2017

Congrats to our Faculty!

Congratulations to all our faculty who have won awards this year!

-Brendan AAHljdivBohannan (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).


January 19, 2017

Join Us for Environmental Connect!

Are you looking for an internship or a volunteer opportunity? Environmental Connect is just for you!

Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the EMU Crater Lake Room to network with local businesses, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. Food and refreshments provided!PowerPoint Presentation









April 12, 2016

Jared Pruch wins David S. Easly Award!

PruchThe 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…)

January 13, 2016

Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities

Climate Change in Humanities team

Shane, Stephanie, and Stephen

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…)

November 15, 2015

PhD student Sierra Deutsch makes policy recommendations based on her research

picture-912Graduate 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.

September 2, 2015

ENVS is Hiring: Environmental Scientist

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor


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…)

May 16, 2015

ENVS Professor wins Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

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.

February 18, 2015

ENVS Alum Launches Kickstarter in Partnership with Himalayan Farmers

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.YMT - Pour

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 India - Makaibari 2the 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.India - Avani & Raj
  • 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.

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