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Who We Are

The School of the Environment is comprised of Geology, Geography, Environmental Sciences & Mangement and Systems Science. We are also home to the USGS Oregon Water Science Center and the Institute for Natural Resources-Portland. The School aims to promote and enhance environmental research and eudcation through contributions from faculty, staff, students and community members.

For more about our PhD program, including how to apply, please check out this page. You can also take a look at our News & Events listing or see a list of Affiliated Faculty. Find out more about the latest projects being worked on in our student/faculty research groups here.

School of the Environment in the News

Dec. 29, 2014 -- Current SOE PhD student Amy Truitt participated in the #SciFund Challenge in 2012. Amy's innovative project helping save butterflies from a disease that is threatening their population in Costa Rica was chosen by the #SciFund founders as one of 35 research projects tasked with crowdfunding $6000 in 33 days. A paper analyzing the #SciFund project has just been posted here, along with a discussion on Youtube about how to be successful at raising money for science.

As Chelsea Pfund wrote, "While it didn't gain immediate attention, with the help of friends, PSU faculty, and kind strangers, her research project was shared on Facebook, Twiter, and in thousands of emails throughout the science community." Amy surpassed her goal, raising a total of $6585 to support and continue her research.

July 1, 2014 -- OPB's Earthfix reporter Cassandra Profita sat down with Alan Yeakley, director of the School of the Environment to take about exactly why cities are such a problem for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, and what urban-dwellers can do about it.

Dr. Yeakley is co-author of Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. The book sets out to answer a key question: Can wild salmon populations co-exist with humans in urban areas?

Check out the interview here.

Nov. 4, 2013 -- PhD candidate Steven Braun is featured in The Oregonian for his work in environmental education and restoration ecology.

Read the story here.

Shannon Rubeo, a teaching assistant at Hillsboro's Evergreen Middle School, helps a student re-plant an area of the parking lot that will be an "outdoor science lab" for years to come. (Luke Hammill / The Oregonian)



In Memoriam

It is our great sadness to share the news that Thomas Harvey passed away on December 23, 2013, after a short illness. As a Geography faculty member for the last 23 years, Professor Harvey contributed to our community in many ways, advising undergraduate and graduate students and actively participating in local community organizations. He was also well-known as a photographer of landscape.



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