Latest News And Upcoming Events

May 4th, 2016
Research group's study gets local news coverage! 

A research group's study from the School of Environment found drugs and toxins in Oregon oysters.

 PDF iconGranek et al 2016 STOTEN-oysters.pdf

Environmental Science and Management's Weekly Science Seminars

The ESM department and the Association of Environmental Science Students (AESS) conduct weekly science seminars that provide a platform for the presentation of current research and new ideas. For more information, click here

Seminar Schedule

October 5-8, 2016

The department of Geology is hosting the 79th annual Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Meeting!

June 10, 2016

The department of Environmental Science and Management's End of the Year Celebration & Awards Ceremony

May 25, 2016

Environmental Science and Management Department hosts a Joint Campus Environmental Research Colloquium & Alumni Lecture!

February 8, 2016

Portland State launches certificate program for better food systems  

January 20, 2016

Ecology And Management of Forests And Ecosysmtem Services Seminar

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January 20, 2016

This week, Portland State University launched a new certificate program that provides students with a foundation of knowledge to address contemporary food systems issues in a variety of sectors and industries.

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems offers students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds the opportunity to explore the complex issues and relationships between food, people, and society. The flexible program draws on faculty expertise from departments across campus and allows students to tailor their course selection to align with their interests and career goals.

The certificate is available as an add-on for graduate students pursuing a master’s degree at PSU, or as a stand-alone program for professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge of current food systems issues.

A collaborative program developed by PSU faculty with support from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, the certificate is offered through a unique partnership between the College of Urban and Public Affairs, Graduate School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and School of Business Administration.

Applications for spring term are due January 31. For more information and to apply visit the certificate website.

November 2, 2015

Symposium on Environmental Research at PSU

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Oct 14, 2015

This past summer Dr. David Hall, who teaches in the Systems Science Program and Psychology Department, led a group of 12 students on a study abroad course to Peru. As implied by its name, Living Systems Immersion; Sustainability and PDC in the Peruvian Andes, the course focused on sustainability education largely following the Permaculture Design Certification curriculum. The course added emphasis on social technologies for living in community along with learning about local Quechua culture. David and his students also worked with the local elementary school to solicit the children’s dreams for their school’s relationship with the natural environment. That led to a project in which the children and PSU students planted of native trees on the school grounds, and PSU students designed and constructed a compost system to help reduce waste and build the soil of the school’s vegetable garden. With a little time in Lima and the mountain town of Huaraz, home base for the majority of course time is at an off-grid hostel at 12,000 feet on the edge of Huascaran National Park.


David will be leading the course again next summer (see details here) and invites students to inquire with questions ( The course gives students an option to enroll for 6 SySc credits or 4 SySc credits and 2 PSY credits, with the PSY credits entitled, Ecocultural Psychology. He will be set up at PSU’s Fall Education Abroad Fair Monday October 19th from 11am to 2pm in the Smith Ballroom. Todos son bienvenidos!

Oct 7, 2015

Congratulations to graduate student Samantha Hamlin for receiving the Chen Endowed Fellowship in Science and Mathematics Entrepreneurship. The Chen Endowed Fellowship was created to recognize high-achieving graduate students who want to pursue careers that combine science and business.

Oct 1, 2015

Exciting news in the world of academic publishing for ESM associate professor Elise Granek, along with graduate students Amy Truitt, Matthew Duveneck, Kaitlin Goldsmith, Meredith Jordan, and Kimberly Yazzie. During Winter 2013, graduate students in ESM's Journal Club course explored the topic of novel ecosystems. The group identified a majorgap in the literature around management of novel ecosystems. Together the students and the faculty instructor examined the literature and wrote a paper to address this data gap. The paper, titled "What's novel about novel ecosystems: managing change in an ever-changing world" was recently published in the peer reviewed journal Environmental Management in March 2015.

Sept 25, 2015

Marine ecologist and ESM associate professor Elise Granek participated in the United Nation's first ever global assessment of the world's oceans. Full story can be found here.

Sept 21, 2015

Dr. Robert Scheller began his 9 month sabbatical at Harvard University to study climate change adaptation for forested landscapes. He's researching to find out what role forest management plays in shaping the trajectories of forests under climate change, as well as when and where should these strategies be deployed and how can uncertainty be embraced and incorporated into forward-looking management plans. To follow Dr. Scheller's continued research, you can follow along here.

Aug 7, 2015

TriMet's new Tilikum Crossing bridge is having a preview this weekend.


Tilikum crossing's rainbow colored LED lights night time show can be attributed to the partnership between the USGS and School of the Environment (SOE). The equipment that reads the data from the Willamette River is owned by the SOE and the data is prominently displayed in SRTC building on the first floor on 1717 10th avenue. Come by some time and check it out!  

Aug 3, 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 20, 2015

Professor Dr. Robert Scheller, a theoretical and applied forest ecologist and the Director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab, hosted the 2015 World Congress of the International Associate of Landscape Technology. Details can be found here.

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. Click the image on the left for more information.