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October 4, 2021

ENVS Program Staff are back on campus!


In order to control traffic flow in our small space, we are requesting students reach out to set up an appointment before coming in to talk with us. You can reach us via phone or email:

Monica Guy, ENVS Budget Manager, [ & (541)3465081]

Alison Mildrexler, Events and Travel Coordinator, [ &   (541) 346-5203]

Nathan Adams, Graduate Coordinator, [ (541) 346-5057 ]

Sophie Bybee, Undergraduate & Office Coordinator, [ & 541.346.5006]

Terra Morrison & Charlie Rosgen, Ecopeers, [ & 541.346.5257 ]

October 30, 2019

Latinx Environmentalisms

Wald, Sarah DVázquez, David JLatinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial. (Wald, Sarah D; Vázquez, David J; Ybarra, Priscilla Solis; Jaquette Ray, Sarah; editors). 2019.

The whiteness of mainstream environmentalism often fails to account for the richness and variety of Latinx environmental thought. Building on insights of environmental justice scholarship as well as critical race and ethnic studies, the editors and contributors to Latinx Environmentalisms map the ways Latinx cultural texts integrate environmental concerns with questions of social and political justice.

Original interviews with creative writers, including Cherríe Moraga, Helena María Viramontes, and Héctor Tobar, as well as new essays by noted scholars of Latinx literature and culture, show how Latinx authors and cultural producers express environmental concerns in their work. These chapters, which focus on film, visual art, and literature—and engage in fields such as disability studies, animal studies, and queer studies—emphasize the role of racial capitalism in shaping human relationships to the more-than-human world and reveal a vibrant tradition of Latinx decolonial environmentalism.

Latinx Environmentalisms accounts for the ways Latinx cultures are environmental, but often do not assume the mantle of “environmentalism.”

October 18, 2019

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Check out opportunities for funding your research.
September 24, 2019

Wine Chat at Civic Winery 10/10/19 at 6pm

Thinking about the Human Microbiome: From Concepts to Therapy and Human Nature with Brendan Bohannan and Nicolae Morar

August 6, 2019

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 representation.”

The ubiquitous images that have been used to depict climate change—of lonely polar bears on dwindling ice or cities flooded with water—don’t capture the whole story, she explained. Additionally, she noted that even climate change denialism has its own visual culture and rhetoric.

Link to Full Article – The Elusive Art Capturing Climate Change

Link to class information – Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change

June 7, 2019

The Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony is on Monday, June 17th

The Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony will be held at 12:30 pm on Monday, June 17, 2019 in the Pioneer Woman’s Lawn, also known as Women’s Quadrangle, which is Northeast of Susan Campbell Hall. 

Guests do not need tickets to attend the Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony. 

Students do not have to wear regalia for the Environmental Studies Commencement.

If you or your guests require special accommodations, please contact Brittany McFall at so that we may make the necessary arrangements.

Schedule for Commencement:


Mark Carey
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Celebrating Graduate Accomplishments

Mark Carey

Celebrating Undergraduate Accomplishments

Peg Boulay & Kathryn Lynch
Co-Directors, Undergraduate Program, Environmental Studies
Co-Directors, Department Honors Environmental Leadership Program


Haley Nicholson
BS, Environmental Studies, 2019

Dan Shtob
Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy
Recipient of 2019 University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

Matt Keeler
BS, Environmental Science, 2014
Operations Manager, JUMP Bikes

Conferral of Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees

Mark Carey

Closing Remarks

Kathryn Lynch

Information on University Commencement Ceremony

  • The University-wide celebration will be held in the Matthew Knight Arena from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Monday, June 17, 2019.
  • The ceremony begins at 8:15 am with our academic parade (Duck Parade). Graduates should be lined up in front of the EMU on 13th Avenue at 8:15 am in regalia.
  • Contact The Duck Store to order your regalia (cap and gown) for graduation, announcements, and other graduation/commencement materials. The Grad Fair (where you can get all your regalia and commencement materials) will be held at the Duck Store on April 8-11, 2019.
  • Guest seating is limited and all guests must have a ticket to enter.
  • Matthew Knight Arena will open at 7:00 am for guest seating; all ticketed guests should be seated by 9:00 AM.
  • Guests will be able to enter the building through the north and east entrances.
  • The following items are NOT permitted in the arena: glass or aluminum containers, weapons, fireworks, laser pointers, explosives, munitions, drugs or alcohol.
  • For more information and to acquire tickets for graduates and guests, visit the Commencement homepage.
  • Guests that require additional accommodations should contact UO Commencement team at
  • Day parking is available at Autzen Stadium. A free shuttle service will provide transportation from Autzen to campus.
  • ADA parking is provided for the day in the Columbia Garage under the Ford Alumni Center, accessed via 13th Avenue. An ADA shuttle will be available for pick up and drop offs at this location throughout the day.

Useful Links:

UO Commencement Website
Commencement Map
Parking & Shuttle Information
Accessibility Information
Duck Store Commencement Merchandise
Eugene Public Transit Information
How to Get Here
GradImages Website (to purchase official Commencement photos)


May 3, 2019

Water Protectors: Museums and Movements – May 30, 7pm

Co-Sponsored by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, the Center for Environmental Futures, The Moore Chair in the English Department, & the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Mark your calendars for a dynamic evening with the artist-activists Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones (of the collective, Not an Alternative), who will speak about their ongoing project, The Natural History Museum, especially work done in collaboration with the Lummi Nation.

March 14, 2019

Join Us for Environmental Connect 2019 – April 16

Are you looking for an internship or a volunteer opportunity? Environmental Connect is just for you! Join us on Tuesday, April 16th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in EMU Crater Lake Room to network with local businesses, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. Food and refreshments provided!

Visit for more information

October 23, 2018

Ideas on Tap: Glaciers, Water and Culture featuring ENVS Program Director, Mark Carey

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s monthly pub talk, now at Viking Braggot Co. on Willamette Street!

This month, join us for Glaciers, Water, and Culture with University of Oregon historian, environmental scientist and ENVS Program Director, Mark Carey.

Learn more about Mark’s impressive experience on his website:

Facebook event page:

October 2, 2018

Dr. Eric Turkheimer talk on 10/4/18 :“Individual and Group Differences in Behavior: Genetics, Psychology and Philosophy” ,12-1:30pm EMU Lease Crutcher Lewis Room

Eric Turkheimer, the Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of Psychology at University of Virginia, will visit campus at the invitation of an interdisciplinary group led by Nicolae Morar (ENVS & PHIL), Leslie Leve (Education), Brendan Bohannan (ENVS & IE2), and William Cresko (IE2). This research team is interested in exploring how the questions of the
self, human agency, and human behavior are constructively informed by the natural sciences (e.g. genetics), the social sciences (e.g. psychology) and the humanities (e.g. philosophy).

4TH, from 12–1:30 PM in the LEASE CRUTCHER LEWIS ROOM IN THE EMU. A light lunch will be served.

For more information contact Nicolae Morar,

September 11, 2018

Environmental Conflicts as Valuation Conflicts Oct 3, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm EMU Cedar & Spruce Rooms

The Environmental Studies Program (ENVS), is presenting a panel discussion focusing on environmental conflicts and some approaches to help see them resolved, with two distinguished guests from outside the State. Let’s give them a warm welcome!

Environmental conflicts as valuation conflicts:
Perspectives from adaptive pragmatism, deliberation ethics and
radical relationalism

Since most environmental problems are wicked problems, viewed as expressions of diverse and conflicting values and interests, no disciplinary models available in the academy or in discourses on public interest and policy can provide ready-made, ex-ante solutions to solve them (Norton, 2012). Navigating such conflicts necessarily involves looking, in practice, at the values different stakeholders project into the relationships they have with themselves and with the natural world.

From this perspective, the panel will address the issue of environmental conflicts as valuation conflicts, discussing ways to navigate them through various approaches. Each will provide introductory comments of about 10 minutes, followed by a moderated discussion among panelists, and between panelists and participants.

On the panel:

  • Bryan G. Norton, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech
  • Konrad Ott, Chair for Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment, Christian Albrechts University Kiel (Germany)
  • Barbara Muraca, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Social Philosophy, Oregon State University


When: Wednesday, October 3rd, 12-2pm

Where: EMU Cedar and Spruce Rooms

Food will be served.


Please send us an email ( your presence, as this helps us with catering.

June 6, 2018

UO undergraduate Rachel Cleveland advocates for scientific research funding

UO Environmental Studies Senior Rachel Cleveland was recently in DC to learn about science policy and converse with political staff on the importance of funding scientific research.

Rachel was able to attend Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering conference  from March 18-21. The CASE program is largely funded largely by the UO vice president of research and innovation with support also provided by Government and Community Relations.

Out of nearly 200 workshop participants, Rachel was the only one from Oregon, and one of the few undergraduates present. At their time there, Rachel learned more about government processes, and science policy and communications at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Rachel will graduate with honors this spring, and will temporarily work at the Springfield office of the U.S. Forest Service post graduation.

Congratulations on the great work Rachel!

May 16, 2018

Lucas Silva awarded UO Outstanding Early Career Award

Dr. Lucas Silva has received the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Early Career Award. The award is the highest research award at the UO for early career scientists.

Dr. Silva’s research investigated how forest composition affects water supply, and the ecological changes in forests caused by climate change. Using a combination of historical and primary data from the Sierra Nevadas, his team’s findings suggest a 10-60 percent increase in regional water loss as changing climates are forcing tree species to migrate to different elevations.

The study is particularly insightful given the importance of these forest watersheds in providing water for approximately 20 million people in California.

Congratulations Dr. Silva and team for the great work!


January 31, 2018

Two ENVS Undergraduates Receive UO Research Award!

Two UO ENVS undergraduates have been selected to receive the Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship.


The HURF program is a 16-week fellowship for undergraduate students conducting research in the humanities under the guidance of a UO faculty mentor. Fellows receive a $2,500 award, and meet with their cohort weekly to work on their research project and participate in seminars to enhance their skills, including research skills development, ethics, and communications development.


Becca Marshall, senior, is one of the recipients of this fellowship. She will be working with her mentor, Kathryn Lynch, on a project titled “Managing for Mushrooms? Commercial Wild Mushroom Harvesting in the Willamette National Forest”. Her research will examine the extent to which natural resource management policies influences and affects wild mushroom pickers in the Pacific North West.  She also hopes to tie her interests in agricultural practices and policy to larger issues of local and global health.


Matthew Stephens will be working with his mentor Steven Brence on a project titled “Examining Personhood and Environmental Policy: Determining the Benefits and Risks of Granting Legal Rights to Non-Human Entities”. Matthew hopes to use the Whanganui River in New Zealand as a case study to explore and determine the most effective ways of protecting personal relationships people have with the natural world. The overall aim of the project is to assess the effectiveness of the Whanganui River Settlement Claims legislation, the ethical veracity of its central tenant that aims to grant legal personhood to the Whanganui River, and whether this recognition and protection afforded to the Whanganui River should be utilized as a model for other nations in the effort to protect and preserve our natural landscapes, resources, and cultural heritage.


Congratulations students!


November 6, 2017

Doctoral student Briana Meier wins prestigious fellowship

Congratulations Briana! Read more on the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and Briana’s work here, here and here!

July 25, 2017

Congrats to UO’s First Food Studies Minors!

Recently, the Food Studies program hosted a special celebration at the Urban Farm to recognize and celebrate the first ever cohort of Food Studies Minors at the University of Oregon. Eight bright and hardworking students graduated this past spring with “Food Studies” emblazoned on their transcripts. In honor of their accomplishment and to help them remember tIMG_7951heir time in the food studies program they were gifted beautiful, hand-carved maple spoons made by our friends at Wanna Spoon. There are currently more than 50 students signed up for the minor, so there will be more occasions for celebration in the years ahead!

Congrats to our first graduating class! Go UOFS 2017!

May 4, 2017

ENVS & ESCI Graduation Ceremony

Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Location: Women’s Quadrangle (Pioneer Mother Lawn)

Regalia: Our ceremony is casual and regalia is not required. Many students wear caps and gowns, and many do not. It’s your choice!

Don’t forget: If you plan on graduating this Spring term, you should have already applied for a Spring undergraduate degree on Duckweb. Contact the Registrar for further questions. Additionally, all ENVS/ESCI student need to do a grad check with a student adviser or with a faculty advisers, Katie Lynch or Peg Boulay. If you aren’t sure you’ve been cleared, feel free to drop in to COL 144, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

April 28, 2017

Environmental Studies students win school garden grant from Annie’s Foods !

This past fall one of our ENVS 201 discussion sections chose to do their community based project at IMG_0034the Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School, which has its own school garden. Besides typical garden maintenance, students Garrett Walden, Harley Prophitt, Jack Tomasik, Evey Mengelkoch, Katie Robison, and Ben Hinde wrote a proposal and received a $3000 dollar grant from Annie’s Homegrown Foods in order to make improvements at the garden. These funds will provide the school garden with an irrigation system, composting station, and plenty of tools.

The students also found a program through the state of Oregon that allows the school cafeteria to purchase produce from the school garden at current market value, which will enable the students to eat what they’ve grown while also generating revenue for the school. The grant from Annie’s will also be used to help offset the startup costs for this school garden food reimbursement program.

April 24, 2017

Congrats to ENVS Director Richard York!

ENVS 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).

York.2015“This award recognizes scholars for outstanding service, innovation, and publication in environmental sociology and/or the sociology of technology. This award was founded to express appreciation when a person’s life work is deemed extraordinarily meritorious by the Section.”

Congratulations Richard!!




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!

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