Department of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Seminar

EVSC 4002  Tuesdays, 4 p.m. in Clark 108
Please feel free to invite other students not in the course to attend as well.
Stephen A. Macko  ( 924-6849,  Clark Hall 396

Spring 2024 Undergraduate Seminar Series

Spring 2024 Seminar Schedule



January 30

Ms. Ash Jenkins
University Career Services
University of Virginia

"Environmental Career Resources"

February 6

Dr. Richard Williams
Senior Associate Scientist
Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland
“A Field Guide to Volcanism in Iceland”

February 13

Dr. Ray Dueser,Visiting Professor
Dept. of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia

“Wildlife as Depicted in the Paleolithic Cave Art of Western Europe”

February 20

Mr. James Beall, PE
Nuclear Engineer
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Retired
Charlottesville, VA
“Nuclear Follies”

February 27

Dr. Robert Davis, Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
“Climate and Health”

March 5

Spring Break
March 12

Ms. Marcia Brisson
Project Manager, Retired
Department of Energy
Washington, DC
“The Interface of Isotope Chemistry and Nuclear Forensics”

March 19

Dr. David Hondula, Associate Professor

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
“Managing Water Resources in Phoenix, Arizona

March 26

Mr. Christopher Semtner, Curator
Edgar Allen Poe Museum
Richmond, VA
"Pandemics During the Life of Edgar Allen Poe"

April 2

Dr. Fred Diehl, Emeritus Professor

Department of Biology
University of Virginia
“Threatened Coral Reefs ”

April 9

Dr. Kier Soderberg
Senior Scientist
S.S.Papadopulos and Associates
Rockville, MD
“Uncertainties of Environmental Consulting”

April 16

Dr. Amy Riscassi
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
"The Shenandoah Watershed Study- Virginia Trout Stream Sensitivity "

April 23

Dr. Natasha Ribeiro, Visiting Professor, UVa

Dept. of Forestry
Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
"Socio-ecology of the Southern African Woodlands"

April 30

End of Classes, no seminar


This is a one credit, pass/fail course. Grades are based on attendance. Students are expected  to attend all seminars. Students will be allowed to miss one seminar. Missing more than one seminar except in unusual circumstances will result in no credit (NC). Attendance is determined by each student turning in a question pertaining to that week's seminar at the end of each lecture in the COLLAB  File Drop under their name (by 11PM). Please turn off  cell phones  and mute your microphones during the seminars. Talks are expected to be about 40 minutes, with ten minutes for questions at the end.

Department of Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Some Wednesdays and most Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. in Clark 108
For questions and login information contact Charity Nyelele (

Spring 2024 Seminar

Spring 2024 Seminar Schedule




Jan. 18

Maria J. Molina University of Maryland
Jan. 25 Simon M. Papalexiou Universityof Calgary, Canada
Feb. 1 Santiago Munevar Garcia UVA
Feb. 8 Sandip Pal Texas Tech, Department of Geosciences
Feb. 15 Noah Sokol Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Feb. 22 Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert  

Feb. 29

Roman DiBiase Penn State
March 14 Carly LaRoche


March 21 Kayleigh Granville


March 28 Jonathon Colmer UVA (Dept. of Economics)
April 3 Zane Havens UVA
April 4 Andrew Jablonski UVA
April 10 Rong Li UVA
April 11 Yuan Li UVA
April 17 Madeline Miles UVA
April 18 Kelsey Huelsman


April 24 Xinhuiyu Liu UVA
April 25 Charles Harvey MIT (Moore Seminar)
May 2 Tyler Barnes UVA