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

Fall 2023 Undergraduate Seminar Series

Fall 2023 Seminar Schedule



August 29

Dr. David Carr, Professor and Director Blandy Experimental Farm Dept. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia “Undergraduate Research  Opportunities  at  UVa’s Blandy Farm”

September 5

Dr. Matt Reidenbach

Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

“Studying undersea life: the joys and dangers of submersibles, SCUBA

diving, and autonomous instrumentation”


September 12

Dr. John Porter

Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

“Big Data and the Future of Ecology”

September 19

Dr. Stephen MacAvoy, Professor and Chairman

Dept. of Environmental Sciences, American University , Washington, DC

"Light at the End of the Tunnel: Challenge and Success in the Anacostia

River Restoration, Washington, DC" 

September 26

Dr. Jonah Fogel

Program Manager, Environmental Institute

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

“How Much Energy do we Need?

October 3

Reading Days

October 10

Mr. Ed Clark, President

The Wildlife Center Waynesboro, Virginia

“Forty Years of Wildlife Medicine, and  Just Warming Up!

October 17

Ms. Jean Lea Gavin

Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

"Sargassum Invasion!”

October 24

Dr. Tim Beatley, Professor

School of Architecture

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

"Forest Urbanism: The Roles of Trees and Forests in Cities”

October 31

Dr. Tim Beatley’s Undergraduate Research Project

School of Architecture

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

"How much Green Space does Charlottesville have?”

November 7

Election Day, No Classes

November 14

Ms. Tamara Rykal

Sustainability Scientist

Atlas Technical Consultants, Charlottesville, VA

“Environmental, Social and Governance, Sustainability,  and

Energy Audits.”

November 21

Thanksgiving Recess

November 28

Graduate Students

 Department of Environmental Sciences

 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

"Advancing our Understanding of the Environment through Graduate Study and  Public Service”


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

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

Fall 2023 Seminar

Fall 2023 Seminar Schedule




August 24

Lauren Miller


August 31

Jonathan Lefcheck

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

September 7

Jon Salerno Colorado State University

September 14

Kevin Lewis John Hopkins University

September 21

Nicholas D. Holschuh

Amherst College, Dept. of Geology

September 28

Matthew Ogburn

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

October 5

Paolo D'Odorico

University of California, Berkeley

October 12

Yanlan Liu The Ohio State University

October 19

Kinsey Tedford


October 26

Sean Hardison


November 2

Dan Griffith Oregon State University

November 9

John Albertson Cornell University

November 16

Kelcy Kent


November 23



November 30

Karen Abott

Case Western Reserve University