A Delmarvanow article covering work by the Nature Conservancy and UVA’s Environmental Sciences Department was pick up by UVA Today. Scientists, graduate students, and volunteers are using “oyster castles” constructed from concrete blocks to protect eroding shorelines and provide habitat for oysters. Read more in the Delmarvanow article.
Professor Thomson’s guest editorial in Scientific American comments on the Trump Administration’s decision to suspend a study of the health consequences of mountaintop mining for residents of coal communities.
Department of Environmental Sciences research on coastal erosion has been highlighted in UVA Today. Graduate student Amy Ferguson’s work at the Virginia Eastern Shore was featured in a video on coastal erosion and living shorelines. Check out the video and read more here.
Department of Environmental Sciences graduate student Bin Wang’s recent paper “Sensitivity of global greenhouse gas budgets to tropospheric ozone pollution mediated by the biosphere” has been featured on environmentalresearchweb. Wang and his coauthors/advisors Hank Shugart and Manuel Lerdau found that high concentrations of tropospheric ozone pollution could stimulate soil carbon dioxide emissions, transforming rural areas from a sink into a source of greenhouse gases, according to scientists in the US.
UVA Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence was interviewed by UVA Sustainability about her new, 1-credit course “Words on paper: history of climate science, policy and art”. The course will combine climate science, climate policy, art, and politics, and will also allow for those not enrolled in the course to participate. For more information check out the video interview on UVA Sustainability’s Facebook page.
A paper led by University of Maryland’s Sujay Kaushal and co-authored by UVA Envi Sci’s Professor Mike Pace has been published in PNAS and covered by Technology Networks. The study used data from 232 USGS sites to find that most streams and rivers in the eastern U.S. are becoming saltier and more alkaline. Read the paper at PNAS and the article and author interviews on Technology Networks.
Department research on coastal resilience is the focus of a recent video created by UVAToday Illimitable. Professor Karen McGlathery, Research Professor Peter Berg, and Ph.D. student Amelie Berger talk about Virginia’s Eastern Shore, their research, and implications on carbon capture and coastal change. Check out the video at UVAToday Illimitable.
The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences graduate students will host this years research symposium on February 23rd. Find more info (including schedule, keynote speaker, and more) on the Enviroday website.
Professor Vivian Thomson’s 2017 book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (MIT Press), won the honorable mention award in the 2018 PROSE competition, for the Government and Politics category. The PROSE awards, awarded yearly, recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing.