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The School of the Environment is comprised of Geology, Geography, Environmental Sciences & Management and Systems Science. We are also home to the USGS Oregon Water Science Center and the Institute for Natural Resources-Portland.

Latest News in the School of the Environment

May 29, 2015 -- Dr. Jennifer Morse, assistant professor in the department of environmental science and management, received the Ecological Society of America's 2015 George Mercer Award for her contributions to the paper, "Drought-induced saltwater incursion leads to increased wetland nitrogen export," published in Global Change Biology in 2013.


July 17, 2015 -- Geography department announces the addition of a *BRAND NEW* minor in Water Resources added to their program in the 2015-2016 Bulletin. Details can be found here.


June 29, 2015 -- Geology Professor Dr. Max Rudolph published an article in the prestigious peer reviewed scientific journal Nature Geoscience titled "Initiation of the Lusi mudflow Disaster."


June 14 - 18, 2015 -- PSU’s School of the Environment faculty and doctoral students head to collaborate and create future projects in flood risk management in the City of Ningbo in China

On the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) campus, 3 hours south of Shanghai, expert researchers from the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), and China gathered to attend the Clean Water for All (CWfA) symposium to present and collaborate on the issues of flood risk management and associated social and ecological co-benefits in urban streams in Ningbo, China.

The CWfA project was started in 2014 and initially funded by the British agency EPSRC, with supplemental funding from the ULTRA project and the Institute of Sustainable Solutions (ISS) at PSU. This was a tremendous opportunity for the Urban Long-term Research Area (ULTRA) researchers and doctoral students to present on best practices in the areas of flood risk, water management, Blue-Green infrastructure, and ecosystem restoration.

Over the course of the two day symposium, ULTRA-Ex researchers/faculty from Portland State University (PSU), University of Connecticut, and Reed College, along with 3 doctoral students, gave 9 oral presentations.

Also during the symposium, the US and UK teams met with the Ningbo City representatives to suggest ways in which the research findings could help Ningbo in developing more sustainable urban drainage and Blue-Green infrastructure, and to collaborate on future research projects in rapidly urbanizing China.

(photo courtesy of E. Lawson)

Representing the US team from PSU was Dr. Alan Yeakley (School of the Environment), Samantha Hamlin (School of the Environment/IGERT doctoral student), Marissa Matsler (IGERT doctoral student), Dr. Connie Ozawa (College of Public Affairs), Dr. Heejun Chang (School of the Environment) and Zbigniew Grabowski (School of the Environment/IGERT doctoral student).


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