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December 1, 2016

Save the Date! An Upcoming Lecture

Alenda Chang will be speaking on her work on environment and video games at 4pm on Wednesday, February 22nd. Her talk is entitled keywords_uo_speaker-series-1.  Location TBA.

Alenda Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she specializes in merging ecocritical theory with the analysis of contemporary media. Her writing has recently been featured in Ant Spider Bee, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Qui Parle, and her current book project develops ecological frameworks for understanding and designing digital games. She also maintains the Growing Games blog as a resource for researchers in game and ecomedia studies and the environmental humanities.

November 17, 2016

NEW: Publication Jointly Developed by the Forest Service and the Tribal Change Project

A growing body of literature examines the vulnerability, risk, resilience, and adaptation of indigenous peoples to climate change. This synthesis of literature, entitled Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: A Synthesis of Current Impacts and Experiences, brings together research pertaining to the impacts of climate change on sovereignty, culture, health, and economies that are currently being experienced by Alaska Native and American Indian tribes and other indigenous communities in the United States. The knowledge and science of how climate change impacts are affecting indigenous peoples contributes to the development of policies, plans, and programs for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This report defines and describes the key frameworks that inform indigenous understandings of climate change impacts and pathways for adaptation and mitigation, namely, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, culture and cultural
identity, and indigenous community health indicators. It also provides a comprehensive synthesis of climate knowledge, science, and strategies that indigenous communities are exploring, as well as an understanding of the gaps in research on these issues. This literature synthesis is intended to make a contribution to future efforts such as the 4th National Climate Assessment, while serving as a resource for future research, tribal and agency climate initiatives, and policy development.

To read the report, click here.

October 22, 2016

UPDATED: Fall Brown Bag Seminar Series

Our first seminar of the term will be given by Michael Nelson. Michael Nelson is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy. He holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & img_4356Society at Oregon State and serves as the Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program.

Topic: How Shall We Live with Wolves?: Findings at the Edge of Ecology, Ethics, and Social Science. Date and Location: October 25, 2016,  12:00-1:30 PM in Cedar & Spruce Rooms in the EMU.



Our second seminar will be presented by David Hughes. Professor David McDermott Hughes has taught at Rutgers University since 2000 – first in the Department of Human Ecology and then the Department of Anthropology. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, having conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  Ensuing from that training his first two books concerned race, natural resources, and land reform in Southern Africa (From Enslavement to Environmentalism, 2006, and Whiteness in Zimbabwe, 2010). Politics drove him out of Zimbabwe and to the petro-state of Trinidad and Tobago.  Hughes is now publishing a monograph on the oil industry and responsibility for climate change (Energy without Conscience, 2017).  He has also begun fieldwork in Spain on labor, aesthetics, clean energy, and utopian thought.  At Rutgers, Hughes has directed the Center for African Studies and the undergraduate program in the Department of Anthropology.  Currently, he serves as president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union.

Topic: Wind Turbine Utopia: Leisure, Labor, and Clean Energy. Date and Location: October 27, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM in Columbia 249 (Lunch will be served) 



The final seminar in the series will be presented by Shane Hall*. Shane is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon (ENVS and English).shane

Topic: War by Other Means: Environmental Violence in the 21st Century

Date and Location: December 1, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM in the Spruce Room (EMU)





*Taylor McHolm’s presentation, Inverting Albedo: Reflections on and in the Anthropocene, has been moved to January 19th 12:00-1:30pm in COL 249. 


October 19, 2016

Paul Bannick Comes to U of O


The Environmental Studies Program – along with the Lane County Audubon Society, Cascades Raptor Center and UO Environmental & Natural Resources Law Center – is pleased to present a stunning multi-media presentation by photographer Paul Bannick:  Tuesday, Oct 25, 7:30, 100 Willamette Hall.

October 12, 2016

2016 Ecotone is HERE!

2016-ecotone-coverIt’s here! The 2016 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 office to pick up your very own hard copy, or check it out online here!

A huge thanks again to everyone who made it possible!

Featured Faculty: Lucas Silva

Lucas Silva“Solving puzzles as part of an interdisciplinary team has been a consistent source inspiration for me,” says Lucas Silva. “The transdisciplinary collaborative spirit observed through campus, and particularly salient in my home departments (ENVS & Geography), is the single most important factor that drew me to UO.” Indeed, Silva exemplifies this spirit of interdisciplinarity through his work and contributions to academia.  (more…)

September 8, 2016

The 2016 Ecotone is on its way!

ecotone-2016-coming-soon-slideGet ready… the Ecotone 2016 is on its way and will be released just in time for Fall term! Some things to look forward to in this year’s edition:

  • Brilliant photography by our very own ENVS students
  • Thought-provoking poetry
  • Original artwork
  • Editor’s choice summer reading list
  • In-depth essays and articles
  • And possibly a perplexing puzzle to get your gears turning — so get ready to put on your thinking caps!

We are very excited to present this year’s issue of the Ecotone and can’t wait to distribute it to readers, donors, and supporters of the Environmental Studies Program. Keep an eye out on the website for updates on the 2016 release!


May 26, 2016

2016 Environmental Studies Commencement Info

If you are planning to graduate Spring 2016 (this term), Summer 2016, or Fall 2016, we invite you to participate in the 2016 commencement ceremonies to be held Monday, June 13th.

The main ceremony will be held at 9:00a.m. in Matthew Knight Arena. Tickets are not required for the event, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students and faculty will gather in front of Johnson Hall at 8:15a.m. in regalia. At 8:45a.m., the UO Duck Grad Parade will start down 13th Avenue to the arena. Additional information regarding participation in this ceremony is available online: (more…)

May 20, 2016

Kathy Lynn featured in Oregon Quarterly

lynnEnvironmental Studies professor Kathy Lynn has been featured in the most recent issue of Oregon Quarterly, the flagship magazine of the University of Oregon. The article, A World Aflame, tells the story of Lynn’s founding of the Tribal Climate Change Project and how it explores the effects of climate change on Northwest Tribes. (more…)

April 20, 2016

NEW Spring Schedule for Brown Bag Seminar Series 

Sarah WaldThis term, our seminar series will open with a celebration of our own faculty. Beginning with Sarah Wald (ENVS & English) for the recent publication of her book, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl, she has generously agreed to give a talk for our program (more…)

Jean Faye wins International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Jean FayeWe are proud to announce that ENVS PhD candidate Jean Faye has been awarded the prestigious International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship is awarded to just 80 of the 1,000 applicants from around the country, and provides support for expenses, travel, and living costs for 9-12 months associated with the awardees’ research. (more…)

April 12, 2016

Environmental Connect coming May 4th

5c050742-f6a1-4779-82ec-d5b9fad2c021Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm
Global Scholars Hall, Room 123

Join us for the third annual Environmental Connect, a networking event for environmental career paths!

The event brings together businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and government agencies to network with students who are interested in pursuing a career with a degree in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. (more…)

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…)

April 11, 2016

Stephanie LeMenager featured on Science Friday

CaptureThis past weekend, our very own Stephanie LeMenager, Professor of Environmental Studies and English, was featured on Science Friday. The episode, titled “Telling the Story of Climate Change — in Fiction,” featured a number of writers who have been exploring climate change through the creative imagination (more…)

April 7, 2016

ENVS alumn published in Earthjustice Blog


Environmental Studies alumni graduate the program and go out into the world to pursue an impressive variety of careers in the field. Niria Garcia, who recently graduated this Winter 2016, now works as a communications intern for Earthjustice. (more…)

March 11, 2016

Event and Live Stream: Harney County & the Sagebrush Rebellion

f876245c-4d1c-410d-9bb4-4b1d11ee52f0Join us March 15, 2016 from 4-5:30 pm for a live stream event on Harney County and the Sagebrush Rebellion, with a discussion of past and present issues in federal land management. The event will be featuring Environmental Studies alumna Amanda Peacher and visiting lecturer from Stanford University, David Hayes.

Amanda Peachers

Ananda Peacher

Peacher, who now works for Oregon Public Broadcasting as a multimedia reporter and producer covering Central Orego, has been covering the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and related issues since the occupation began.A former wildlife ranger, she has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the University of Oregon. David Hayes is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches on renewable and conventional energy, wildlife trafficking, NEPA reform, natural resources, and climate change. He served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of the Interior under Clinton and Obama.

There will be a viewing of the live stream on March 15th in Knight Law Center, room 175. You can also view the live stream online here.

This event is brought to you by University of Oregon School of Law’s Public Law & Policy Program and co-sponsored by the ENR Center and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

March 1, 2016

Nicolae Morar Featured in Cascade

p2_morarAssistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy Nicolae Morar has been featured in the latest issue of Cascade for his research on medical debates through the lens of bioethics. In the feature, Morar discusses his exploration of the philosophical arguments underlying life and how we care for it, the foundation of his research. Morar has recently been selected to receive the Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship in the Humanities, a prestigious teaching fellowship through UO, which he will use to design a new course in clinical ethics.

Read the full article in Cascade here, to learn more about Morar’s recent work.

2016 Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Symposium

Keynote speaker Maxine Burkett

Keynote speaker Maxine Burkett

Save-the-Date! The University of Oregon will host the 4th Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Symposium on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Many Nations Longhouse. Keynote speakers are Maxine Burkett, from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Elizabeth Kronk from the University of Kansas. This event will examine the intersection of tribal sovereignty and rights in the face of climate-induced impacts on indigenous peoples and homelands. To learn more about our speakers, visit:

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Kronk

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Kronk



This event is co-sponsored by the UO Robert D. Clark Honors College, the UO Environmental Studies Program, the UO Climate Change Research Group, the UO Native American Student Union, the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Knight Chair of Social Science and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. This event is also part of the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project.


For More Information, contact:

Kathy Lynn, UO Environmental Studies at 541-346-5777, or by email at

Mark Carey, UO Clark Honors College, at 541-346-8077, or by email at

February 1, 2016

Dr. Kari Norgaard in the Media

Norgaard article photoDr. Kari Norgaard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at UO, has made ripples across the media this month, twice. (more…)

Featured Student: Kirsten Vinyeta

IMG_0508“I was drawn to Environmental Studies by my love for the many landscapes that have cradled me throughout my life, a love that turns to motivated rage when I reflect on the (more…)

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