Department of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Seminar Series

EVSC 4002  Tuesdays, 4 pm, Please "arrive" early
Zoom Link Here
Please feel free to invite other students not in the course to attend as well.
Stephen A. Macko  ( 924-6849,  Clark Hall 396
Lauren Simkins ( 924-3964, Clark Hall 205


August 25
Organizational Day

September 1
"Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UVA's Blandy Experimental Farm"
Dr. David Carr, Professor and Director
Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Director Blandy Environmental Farm
September 8
"Changes in the Timing of the Seasons"
Mr. Jerry Stenger, State Climatology Office
Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
September 15
"Mapping and Reconnaissance Imager, Night Enhanced (Marine Scout) for Sensing Oil Spills and other Contaminants"
Dr. Sunnie Capelle, Chief Scientist
Land Integration Division, QinetiQ
Ashburn, VA
September 22
"Light at the End of the Tunnel: Challenge and Success in the Anacostia River Restoration, Washington, DC"
Dr. Stephen MacAvoy, Professor and Chairman
Dept. of Environmental Sciences, American University
Washington, DC
September 29
"Environmental Politics in the Election of 2020"
Mr. Robert Gibson
Cooper Center, University of Virginia
October 6
"Virginia's Diverse Fisheries"
Mr. Paul Bugas
Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries, Ret.
Verona, VA
October 13
"Antarctica: A Trip Around the Bottom of the World"
Dr. Erwin Bohmfalk, Chair Emeritus
The Wildlife Center
Waynesboro, VA
October 20
"Sea Level Rise and the Last Beach"
Dr. Orrin Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Durham, NC
October 27
"Tracking 'Dust in the Wind' with NASA's Novel Instrumentation"
Dr. Robert Swap, Associate Director, Mission Planning
NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center
Greenbelt, MD
November 3
"The material culture of the Vikings, who could be farmers, traders, and pirates all in the same day"
Dr. Donald Fry, Professor Ret.
Dept. of English, University of Virginia and Stony Brook University
November 10
"Environmental Causes and Government Administration"
Dr. Jonah Fogel, Program Manager
Environmental Resilience Institute
Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
November 17
"Navigating Environmental Science Careers"
Dr. Cora Ann Johnston, Site Manager
Virginia Coast Reserve LTER
Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
November 24
Thanksgiving Recess, No Seminar, End of the Seminar Series

Department of Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Thursdays, 3:30 p.m., via Zoom
For questions and login information contact Ajay B. Limaye (

Fall 2020

August 27
Melissa Hey, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (Ph.D. seminar)
"Consequences of artificial light at night for terrestrial organisms and communities"

September 3
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Environmental Systems, UC Merced
"Role of Erosion in Soil Carbon Sequestration"

September 10
Christine Fantasia-Buscher, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (Ph.D. seminar)
"The effects of environmental stressors on an estuarine crustacean, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun,
during its early life stages"
September 17
Da Yang, University of California, Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"Cold air rises"
September 24
Chris Patrick, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
"Ecosystem functioning in space and time: Understanding the role of communities, environmental drivers, and disturbance"
October 1
Charles Harvey, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The mathematical simplicity of impenetrable tropical peat swamp forests"
October 8
Jorge Abad, University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), Peru
"Dancing Rivers in the Amazon Basin"

October 15
Danielle Wood, Media Lab and Space Enabled Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Sustainability in Space and on Earth: Research Initiatives of the Space Enabled Research Group"

October 22
Clara Deser, Climate and Global Water Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (Moore Lecture)

October 29
Alyssa Atwood, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Florida State University
"Robust longitudinally-variable responses of the tropical rain belt to a myriad of climate forcings"
November 5
Kimberly Huppert, German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)
"Storms, surf, & swells: Bedrock breakdown and the geodynamic demise of volcanic ocean islands"
November 12
Caitlin D. Wylie, Assistant Professor, Program in Science, Technology and Society, University of Virginia
"Doing science with non-scientists: how technicians, undergraduates, and community members
contribute to research"
November 19
Andrew Rypel, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, UC Davis
"California on the brink: using conservation science to solve wicked environmental problems"