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May 7, 2020

Professor Peter Walker, Geography and ENVS Core Faculty, Featured in the Oregon Quarterly.

Excerpt from Around the O Article about Walker on Harney County and the Malheur Occupation-

But the community was not interested in joining the Bundy rebellion. They had congregated on that brisk January evening to discuss the militia’s unwelcome presence in their town.

Steve Grasty, the Harney County judge presiding over that meeting, broke the tense silence as he walked up to one of the occupation leaders and told him to leave. The community members rose to their feet and began to echo Grasty’s demand. Their voices surged in unison. 

“Go home. Go home. Go home,” the crowd chanted, with a sea of fingers aimed at the heavily armed occupiers. 

“It was one of the greatest displays of courage I’ve witnessed,” Walker recalled. 

Walker believes the brave resilience he saw that night—and throughout the occupation—was driven by Harney County’s rich history of using collaboration to solve contentious problems, including the very issues the Bundys were trying to leverage into an armed rebellion. 

Around the O Article

July 18, 2019

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:

ENVS Master’s Alum Raj Vable recognized as one of “100 Ducks Who Made A Difference”

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:

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.”

Two ENVS core faculty and one participating faculty receive UO Sustainability Awards!

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:

For more information on the awards, follow this link:

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.

Photos courtesy of Algotek (featured) and Sarah Northrop/Daily Emerald
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









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