Former department graduate student Lixin Wang (PhD, 2008) had a recent publication featured by NSF on World Water Day. The paper, “Nonrainfall water origins and formation mechanisms” in Science Advances highlights the importance fog and dew play in the Namib Desert in Africa. You can find the manuscript here and NSF’s write-up here.
Environmental Sciences students Amy Ferguson and Brynn Cook won top awards for posters at the 2017 Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition. Amy’s poster “Making the case for nature-based solutions to coastal erosion in Virginia’s coastal bays” tied for 1st Place in Division 1 – Natural Sciences Poster Presentation. Brynn’s poster won 1st Place in Division 2 – Natural Sciences Poster Presentation. The R.J. Huskey exhibition showcases the work done by graduate students at the University of Virginia.
Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence contributed a volume to the Miller Center’s ‘First Year Project’ outlining policy goals for the incoming president to pursue during her/his first year. Her essay focuses on a climate tax, funding for climate science, and clean energy. Read more here.
Research at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research site was featured in an article about the National Science Foundation LTER mini-symposium this spring. Environmental Sciences Professor Karen McGlathery was interviewed about work on seagrass carbon storage and response to climate change. Read more here.
Environmental Sciences graduate student Kate LeCroy was featured in a UVA Today article on her research. Along with Professor T’ai Roulston and citizen scientists from the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, Kate is collecting population data on mason (and other) bees using wooden “bee hotels”. Read more in the article here.
A recent UVA Today article highlighted the new Environmental Resilience Institute directed by Environmental Sciences professor Karen McGlathery. The institute was formed to address environmental change by bringing together collaborators from a variety of disciplines. Read more in the UVA Today article here.
Recent work from researchers at several LTER sites has synthesized the current understanding of ecological impacts of man-made coastal armoring. The study looked at diverse systems, including constructed oyster reefs at the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER. Former UVA Environmental Sciences student Kyle Emery (now a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara) is a coauthor on the study and is quoted in an article on the knowledge gaps it identified.
Environmental Sciences professor Dr. Stephen Macko will present findings from analyzing stable isotopes in Edgar Allan Poe’s hair for information on his diet and death. The presentation will take place at 7PM on August 24th at the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. For more information see the Poe Museum Brochure.
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum in association with the Environmental Sciences Department opens the exhibit “Defending the Ocean with Art” on Friday August 25th at 4pm (reception at 5pm) in the Brown Library of Clark Hall. On view are twenty-one sculptures and prints by contemporary indigenous artists that celebrate the central importance of the ocean to human life and responds to its current threats. Plastic debris and abandoned fishing nets are trapping and killing a rich array of marine life, eventually drifting to the bottom of the sea, suffocating the seabed and coral reefs.