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ESS alumna Kelly Ferron ('10), Waste Zero Specialist
ESS alumna Kelly Ferron ('10), Waste Zero Specialist

Kelly Ferron, '10, currently works in the Greater Seattle Area and hopes to continue her education soon as a postgraduate researcher.

Virginia Matzek awarded funding for restoration study in France
Virginia Matzek awarded funding for restoration study in France

Matzek and colleagues received a 10,000 Euro grant to examine carbon credits under different forest management practices in the Rhone Valley.

ESS alumn ('14) Carlos Carrillo presents his research at scientific conference
ESS alumn ('14) Carlos Carrillo presents his research at scientific conference

Carlos presented a poster on the increases in extreme hydrologic events under climate change at the American Geophysical Union's annual conference.

Cold-water fish habitat affected by warmer climate in the Columbia River Basin
Cold-water fish habitat affected by warmer climate in the Columbia River Basin

A stream temperature model developed by ESS faculty member Iris Stewart and colleagues enables stream temperature forecasts under climatic changes for different ecological provinces in the Columbia River Basin.

Nicaraguan smallholders thin shade trees, but maintain high species diversity
Nicaraguan smallholders thin shade trees, but maintain high species diversity

Chris Bacon (ESS) and colleagues found that tree density and carbon stocks declined over the decade-long study, but diversity of tree species remained unchanged.

Scientists and land managers at odds on invasive species research
Scientists and land managers at odds on invasive species research

ESS faculty member Virgnia Matzek and colleagues investigate how much scientific research is aimed at serving natural resource managers.

Carbon credits can pay for ecological restoration in California
Carbon credits can pay for ecological restoration in California

ESS faculty member Virginia Matzek and colleagues find that ecological restoration can be financed by carbon credits on public lands.

ESS and Political Science Alum Aven Satre-Meloy (’13) wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
ESS and Political Science Alum Aven Satre-Meloy (’13) wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Since graduation, Aven studied and taught under a Fulbright grant in Turkey. He is currently a White House Intern in the Office of Energy and Climate Change.

New Assessment of the Uneven Distribution of Environmental Burdens and Benefits for Santa Clara County
New Assessment of the Uneven Distribution of Environmental Burdens and Benefits for Santa Clara County

ESS researchers Iris Stewart-Frey, Chris Bacon and Will Burke investigated the uneven distribution of environmental benefits and burdens in Santa Clara County.

 Lucy Diekmann awarded USDA postdoctoral grant to study urban agriculture
Lucy Diekmann awarded USDA postdoctoral grant to study urban agriculture

Lucy Diekmann will be studying food systems and urban agriculture under the mentorship of ESS faculty member Leslie Gray and in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Institute.

Ancient sediments point to rising mountains as origin of arid Central Asia
Ancient sediments point to rising mountains as origin of arid Central Asia

A new study by ESS faculty member Hari Mix and colleagues at Stanford finds that the uplift of Mongolia's Altai and Hangay mountains drove the expansion of the Gobi Desert.

ESS welcomes new faculty member Hari Mix
ESS welcomes new faculty member Hari Mix

Hari Mix is an earth systems scientist who uses isotope analysis to understand climate and mountain systems.

Virginia Matzek awarded NSF grant to investigate ecological restoration in Australia
Virginia Matzek awarded NSF grant to investigate ecological restoration in Australia

ESS Assistant Professor Virginia Matzek has won a highly competitive NSF grant to travel to Australia and research how people value ecological restoration projects.

ES majors Nick Leasure and Jack Bird recongnized at 2014 Commencement
ES majors Nick Leasure and Jack Bird recongnized at 2014 Commencement

Jack Bird wins the Nobili medal and Nick Leasure is the 2014 recipient of the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach S.J. award.

2014 Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award Goes to Kelsey Baker!
2014 Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award Goes to Kelsey Baker!

Thanks to Kelsey, 2014 will be the first SCU commencement without disposable bottled water.

Explaining the hungry farmer paradox in Nicaragua's coffee highlands
Explaining the hungry farmer paradox in Nicaragua's coffee highlands

Chris Bacon and colleagues analyze the social, economic, and environmental influences on seasonal hunger and describe a community-based response.

SCU faculty highlight role of field journals in natural history education
SCU faculty highlight role of field journals in natural history education

SCU faculty members John Farnsworth and Michelle Bezanson offer their expertise on the use of field notebooks.

Hunger in Silicon Valley
Hunger in Silicon Valley

In a recent San Jose Mercury News op-ed, Leslie Gray describes the challenge of hunger in Silicon Valley and outlines some potential community solutions.

Kelsey Baker wins scholarship
Kelsey Baker wins scholarship

Congratulations to Environmental Science major Kelsey Baker, winner of the Fall 2013 American Society for Safety Engineers scholarship!

The dry future of the Colorado River
The dry future of the Colorado River

Iris Stewart-Frey and colleagues project dramatically reduced snowpack and diminished water supplies in the upper Colorado River basin by 2100.

Socio-economic differentiation in Burkina Faso’s cotton sector
Socio-economic differentiation in Burkina Faso’s cotton sector

Leslie Gray sheds light on differences among Africa farmers with respect to their access to both natural and social resources.

Message to managers: address ecosystem service impacts of invaders
Message to managers: address ecosystem service impacts of invaders

Virginia Matzek's latest paper argues that land managers should broaden the focus of management efforts to include impacts on ecosystem services.

SCU researchers warn of impacts of climate change on ecosystem services
SCU researchers warn of impacts of climate change on ecosystem services

Virginia Matzek and Peter Kareiva help outline the threats that climate change poses to ecosystem services and human well-being in the United States.

John Farnsworth awarded Santander Foundation
John Farnsworth awarded Santander Foundation

John Farnsworth has been awarded a Santander Foundation grant to support his participation in a release of California condors to the Sierra San Pedro Martyr in northern Baja.

Improving communication between researchers and practitioners
Improving communication between researchers and practitioners

Surveys document gap between researchers and practitioners.

Claire Overholt blogs about summer journey
Claire Overholt blogs about summer journey

Check out a blog documenting the summer journey of two SCU students working in Kolkata, India.

Allison McNamara wins Johnson Leadership Stipend
Allison McNamara wins Johnson Leadership Stipend

Environmental Studies major travels to Costa Rica to study capuchin monkeys.

Stephanie Hughes named 2012-2013 Sustainability Champion
Stephanie Hughes named 2012-2013 Sustainability Champion

ESS faculty member honored for using the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability.

 Michelle Tang receives Lucky Hinkle Sustainability award
Michelle Tang receives Lucky Hinkle Sustainability award

Michelle is recognized by the ESS Department for advancing a culture of sustainability.

Jack Bird named a Global Social Benefit Fellow
Jack Bird named a Global Social Benefit Fellow

Jack will travel to Zambia this summer to work on a forest conservation project.

Colleen Fisher wins Clare Boothe Luce Scholar award
Colleen Fisher wins Clare Boothe Luce Scholar award

Colleen will study fine root productivity in riparian forests this summer.

Aven Satre-Meloy wins Fulbright grant
Aven Satre-Meloy wins Fulbright grant

Graduating senior Environmental Studies major, Aven Satre-Meloy, heads to Turkey next year.

Carlos Carrillo wins NASA DEVELOP internship
Carlos Carrillo wins NASA DEVELOP internship

Congratulations to Environmental Science major, Carlos Carrillo, on his NASA internship.

Congratulations John Farnsworth!
Congratulations John Farnsworth!

John Farnsworth is promoted to Senior Lecturer.

New GIS lab opens
New GIS lab opens

New campus facility for Geographic Information Systems teaching and research now open in Varsi Hall.

Congratulations Dr. Iris Stewart-Frey!
Congratulations Dr. Iris Stewart-Frey!

Iris Stewart-Frey is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Chris Bacon co-edits special issue of Ecology and Society

ESS assistant professor Chris Bacon recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Ecology and Society, entitled “A Socioecological Analysis of Diversified Farming Systems."

ESS welcomes Noreen Golden

A warm welcome to Noreen Golden, our new Senior Administrative Assistant.

SCU research sheds light on how plant species invade

Virginia Matzek asks why some introduced species become terrible invasive pests, while others poke along without bothering anyone.

What is Conservation Science?

Peter Kareiva & Michelle Marvier argue that conservationists must pursue strategies to simultaneously protect nature and meet basic human needs.

SCU Baja program reinvigorates Natural History pedagogy

In the era of molecular biology, some might think of collegiate courses in natural history as being a bit “old school,” a return to Victorian times when naturalists such as Charles Darwin ruled the roost. Nothing could be further from the truth according to SCU scholars John Farnsworth and Christopher Beatty, who just published a paper in the Journal of Natural History Education and Experience.

New Study: Political Affiliation, Minorities, and Nature’s Services

New analysis on the intersection of politics and nature was released today in the latest issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. The authors, Michelle Marvier of Santa Clara University and Hazel Wong of The Nature Conservancy, drew from national public opinion surveys from last eight years.

Recent ESS grad spends summer working on food security in Nicaragua

Recent ESS graduate, Ian Dougherty worked this past summer with Dr. Chris Bacon on food security and sustainable livelihoods research in northern Nicaragua

ESS has a new home!
ESS has a new home!

The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences has a new home on the second floor of Varsi Hall.

Intro courses come first!

Our ES majors are a bit unorthodox. And we love that about you. But there are some things that really should be done by the book. To help you get your life in better order, we will be phasing in pre-requisites on many of our upper division courses.

Mono Lake will be further stressed by climate change
Mono Lake will be further stressed by climate change

California’s Mono Lake is already a fragile, water-limited ecosystem, but new research by SCU researchers suggests that global climate change will substantially aggravate problems in the Mono Lake Basin.

ESS faculty & students reflect on experiential learning for food justice

ESS faculty members Leslie Gray and Joanna Johnson have published an essay with undergraduate student Michelle Tang, alumnus Ann Thomas, and Americorps volunteer Nicole Latham in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

2012 Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Awardees - Laughlin Barker and Tim Carlson
2012 Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Awardees - Laughlin Barker and Tim Carlson

The Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award was established to honor the memory of Lucky Hinkle, longtime University staff member who worked diligently to promote recycling on campus, and is given to the graduating senior with a declared major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies who, in the judgment of the ESS faculty, has made the most significant contribution to promoting a culture of sustainability at Santa Clara University and beyond.

Dr. Matzek awarded USDA grant to study carbon sequestration along Sacramento River
Dr. Matzek awarded USDA grant to study carbon sequestration along Sacramento River

Dr. Virginia Matzek of SCU’s Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences has been awarded a multi-year research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture program in Climate Change/Integrated Approaches to Adaptation and Mitigation in Agroecosystems.

Sierra streamflow likely to diminish under projected climatic changes
Sierra streamflow likely to diminish under projected climatic changes

ESS postdoctoral researcher Darren Ficklin, in collaboration with professors Stewart-Frey (ESS) and Maurer (Civil Engineering), has assessed the impact of expected 21st century climatic changes on mountain streams in the Sierra Nevada.

Dr. Lisa Kealhofer promoted to Full Professor
Dr. Lisa Kealhofer promoted to Full Professor

Dr. Kealhofer, an internationally recognized expert in the archaeology of southeast Asia and Turkey, has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

Justin Covino receives SFS Distinguished Student Research Award
Justin Covino receives SFS Distinguished Student Research Award

The School for Field Studies (SFS) selected Justin Covino (Junior, Environmental Science major)for a Distinguished Student Research Award.

SCU research shows how to control rangeland pest

Invasive yellow starthistle is one of California’s most pernicious invasive species, causing millions of dollars in damages annually to ranchers.

Dr. Peter Kareiva elected to National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Peter Kareiva elected to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Kareiva will be inducted into the academy this April during its 149th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

SCU to host 2012 AESS conference

Santa Clara University will host the national conference for the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) from June 21-24, 2012.

Challenging Conservationists to Balance the Needs of People and Nature
Challenging Conservationists to Balance the Needs of People and Nature

A new book by Peter Kareiva and Michelle Marvier.

ESS welcomes Dr. Virginia Matzek!
ESS welcomes Dr. Virginia Matzek!

SCU's Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences welcomes Dr. Virginia Matzek as a newest Assistant Professor of Environmental Science.

Letter from the Chair
Letter from the Chair

There are many changes underway for SCU's environmental program.