She graduated from PVCC on May 13th with her Associate in Business Administration. SUMMA CUM LAUDE!

Let's go ShaRhonda we're so proud of you!!

Four new assistant professors join the fray:

A showcase of our department's Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professor in Environmental Change.

Congrats to all our shining stars!

Karen McGlathery (Environmental Sciences) recorded an interview with Ken Ono (Mathematics, STEM Advisor to the Provost) about her research, UVA's community engagem

EnviSci graduate student Andrew Jablonski won the 2022 Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Larry Band (Environmental Sciences) was cited in a recent article published by The Current, a journalism website for coastal Georgia, about a letter he and 10 other acade

Professors Howie Epstien & Lauren Simkins share and reflect over their research trajectories across corners of our planet.


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Max Castorani was interviewed by Mongabay, a nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform, for an article about a new study investigating how the extinct

A new open-access paper focusing on evaluating predictions for the migration of meandering rivers has been published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

The University of Virginia has collaborated on new underwater research that has found something additionally disturbing about the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica – aka the “Doomsday Glacier,” so nam

Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Environmental Sciences

A new open-access paper has been published today on "Increasing heatwave frequency in streams and rivers of the United States" in the journal Limnology and Oceanography Letters (

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., in partnership with the Rosalind Franklin Society has launched a prestigious annual award to recognize outstanding published peer-reviewed research by women and underreprese

Graduate students Rong Li and Xinhuiyu Liu have won prestigious graduate fellowships from NASA -- the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Tech

Sometimes faculty and staff collaborate on things as well! Professor Jim Galloway and staff member Elizabeth Jackson had a fun time bringing their ‘colleagues’ Fred and Clucky together.

Environmental Sciences graduate students Clare Rodenberg and Spencer Tassone were selected by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation as 2 out of 21 stude

Grad student, Tara Illgner, published environmental justice article titled "Solution-Driven Data for Environmental Health" in the American Publ

UVA Environmental Science alumni (undergrad class of 2015) Thomas Sherman, Ph.D., co-founder of CRCL solutions, was recently recognized by

The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences seeks to recruit and support a postdoctoral fellow from any field within the environmental sciences through the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship

Three Ph.D. students at the University of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Sciences have been awarded Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowships.

UVA Environmental Sciences Professor Emeritus Michael Garstang, was recently quoted in a New York Times article entitled "Elephant Trunks: Is There Anything They Can't do?"

Congratulations to the UVA Environmental Sciences class of 2021! Follow the links below to the recorded undergraduate and graduate graduation ceremonies.

The Department of Environmental Sciences Award Ceremony 2021 took place Friday, May 7th. Congrats to all the awardees!

UVA Environmental Sciences graduate student Tara Illgner was recently selected for:

Associate/Full Professor of Environmental Data Science:  The Department of Environmental Science and the School of Data Science at UVA are searching for an associate/full professor with research an

Professor Dave Hondula, University of Arizona, was interviewed in the Washington Post about preparations the hottest city in the United States, Phoenix, Arizona is doing as Global Warming makes the

Master's student Tara Illgner recently published a letter to editor with the local Charlottesville area newspaper The Daily Progres

Dr. Jud Kenworthy, who earned his masters from the EVSC department in 1981 explains the value of protecting North Carolina’s seagrass in this PEW center Q&A interview.

Congratulations to our undergraduate students! Please follow the "View Full Story" link below to watch the diploma ceremonies on vimeo.

Congratulations to our graduate students! Please follow the "View Full Story" link below to watch the diploma ceremonies on vimeo.

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Christina Fantasia Buscher, PhD student in the department, received an award for an outstanding TED-inspired talk at the Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Symposium held in Richmond, VA in late February.

Dr. Stephen Macko's January 2019 term undergraduate course, Managing a Sustainable Sea, visited the EPA, NOAA, Oceana, Environmental Law Institute and Smithsonian.

Environmental Science Ph.D. student Christina Fantasia Buscher was awarded the Outstanding Student Presentation award at the Fall 2019 AGU meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Thanks to the Jefferson Trust and the UVA Committee on Sustainability, Write Climate, in year 3, is taking art-for-climate into Charlottesville High School.

The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Hydroclimatology.

Science Magazine highlighted recent research on ways that large trees are more vulnerable to mortality, including work led by former Enviromnetal Sciences Ph.D. student and post-doc Atticus Stovall.


Prof. Deborah Lawrence, the Write Climate club, and local artist Amanda Nelsen collaborated to create and display a climate change art installation outside Peabody Hall this week.


Envi Sci Professor Hank Shugart’s post ‘Foundations of the Earth’ is being featured on the UVA Thoughts From the Lawn blog.

Clark Hall

Clark Hall, home of the Department of Environmental Sciences, has become LEED Silver-level certified for Green Building Systems for Existing Buildings, Operations, and Maintenance.

Washington Post op-ed entitled “Breathing While Black.”

Dr. Vivian Thomson published an op-ed in the Washington Post on a proposed natural gas compressor station in Union Hill.

EVSC graduate student Stephanie Roe presented her research from the TRACE experiment in Puerto Rico at the American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting.


Envi Sci professor Deborah Lawrence was interviewed by the Guardian and UVA Today about her recent statement with 39 oth


New power plant study by Envi Sci research team highlights potential national, regional, and local health impacts of power plant regulatory rollback.

Research by the Virginia Coastal Reserve LTER (VCR LTER) and UVA Envi Sci’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center (ABCRC) on seagrass restoration on the DelMarVa Peninsula was featured in a

East Africa

A recent study by Envi Sci research associate Salvi Asefi-Najafabady and professor Deborah Lawrence has been published in the journal Climate Change and

Thomson & Climate of Capitulation

Retired professor Vivian Thomson and her book Climate of Capitulation were quoted in the


The Write Climate Earth Week Exhibit, which was on display in Clark Hall from April 17 – 23, was covered in a


Envi Sci graduate student Stephanie Roe was a part of the UVA team that won this year’s Patagonia Case Competition.

UVA Climate

Since February, @writeclimate engaged over 1200 members of the UVA community in a conversation on climate change.

Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Xi Yang is a coauthor on a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.

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 t

Enviro Day

The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences graduate students will host this years research symposium on February 23rd.

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.

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.

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”.

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 featu

Department work on coastal erosion

Department of Environmental Sciences research on coastal erosion has been highlighted in UVA Today.

Hydro Plant

Professor Vivian Thomson comments on a possible pumped storage hydroelectric facility in southwest Virginia.

UVA Nature Conservancy

A Delmarvanow article covering work by the Nature Conservancy and UVA’s Environmental Sciences Department was pick up by UVA Today.

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.

Ghost Nets

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 th


Recent work from researchers at several LTER sites has synthesized the current understanding of ecological impacts of man-made coastal armoring.

A recent UVA Today article highlighted the new Environmental Resilience Institute directed by Environmental Sciences professor Karen McGlathery.


Environmental Sciences graduate student Kate LeCroy was featured in a UVA Today article on her research.

Lake Mendota

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.


Professor Vivian Thomson was interviewed on NPR about her new book, Climate of Capitulation.


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 y


Environmental Sciences students Amy Ferguson and Brynn Cook won top awards for posters at the 2017 Robert J.

Former department graduate student Lixin Wang (PhD, 2008) had a recent publication featured by NSF on World Water Day.

Professor Vivian Thomson

Professor Vivian Thomson writes about the bipartisan consensus among voters on climate change, in connection with her forthcoming book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power


Professor James Galloway was quoted by NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the environmental impact of food production.


Professor Stephen Macko was featured in a UVAToday article covering his research, teaching, and the “Macko Museum of Natural History” located in his Clark Hall office.

Environmental Sciences graduate students, led by Alice Besterman and Erin Swails, hosted the 2017 EnviroDay symposium on February 24, 2017.


UVA’s Yamuna River Project is a campus wide project to “revitalize the ecology of the Yumuna River in New Delhi and reconnect India’s capital city back to the water” (


The Department of Environmental Sciences undergraduate seminar series was highlighted in the Cavalier Daily, with EPA attorney Mark Garvey giving a talk on the Toxic Substance Control Act on Feb 28

The Food Chain

Professor Stephen Macko was interviewed by the BBC for the The Food Chain series “Of Maize and Men: The Rise” about his work using carbon isotopes to quantify the high influence of corn on human nu

Research Professor Peter Berg was elected to the 2016 class of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Fellows.

Our Ocean

EVSC Professor James Galloway will be one of the scenesetters for a session on “Stemming the Tide of Ocean Pollution” at the  “Our Ocean” conference on Friday Sept. 16, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact graduate students about participating in research.

What is the Anthropocene? A new geological era marked in the rock and sediment records of the earth?

The Department of Environmental Sciences is sad to announce that Professor Joseph (Jay) Zieman passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Jay Zieman joined the Environmental Sciences faculty in

Enviroday 2015 was a resounding success. All of the oral presentations, as well as the keynote address by Dr.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has openings for up to six University of Virginia Arts and Sciences advanced undergraduate student interns for the summer of 2015.  These i

Professor Vivian Thomson and Professor Sérgio Pacca highlight social, political, and economic commonalities when it comes to climate policy in the US and Brazil.

The Department of Environmental Sciences will host the 30th annual Enviroday Symposium on February 27th, 2015. Abstracts are due by January 1st.