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Department Highlights

PhD student Britta Baechler is lead author on two papers that were recognized by Limnology and Oceanography Letters as among the top 10% most downloaded papers.
Dr. Melissa Haeffner, Janet Cowal, applied linguistics adjunct faculty, and community partner Andrew Hogan of Street Roots, have been awarded a PSU Community Engaged Research Academy CERA grant of $5,000 for their project titled “Oregon Water Stories.” This project engages people experiencing homelessness in dialogue with policy makers about future water investments in the State of Oregon.

The ESM department has been listed in Great Value Colleges as one of the 20 Most Affordable Master's in Environmental Management for 2020 for our Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) degree. 

Elise Granek, ESM faculty; David Ervin, ESM faculty emeritus; Alan Yeakley, ESM faculty; Heejun Chang, Geography faculty; Veronica Dujon, Sociology faculty; and Vivek Shandas, Urban Studies and Planning faculty, co-authored a paper titled “A Community-engaged Approach to Transdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Urban Ecosystem Services,” published in Sustainability Science.

Faculty emeritus Dr. Dave Ervin, presented “Three Lessons in Community Resistance Management: Seeing the Forest for the Trees” at the Weed Science Society of America annual meeting in Lahaina, Maui, on March 5.

Dr. Elise Granek and ESM PhD student Britta Baechler were featured in the article "Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution" in AP News.
Dr. Kelly Gleason was awarded $12,315 from the USGS-PSU Partnership for “Eagle Creek Fire Impacts to Cold Water Refuges in the Columbia River Gorge, an Opportunity for Student Training, Public Service, and Research Collaboration.” Gleason will be working with Sylas Daughtrey, USGS Oregon Water Science Center. The team will be documenting fire effects in the Tanner, Herman and Eagle Creek watersheds impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire. The data will be evaluated students in Gleason's ESM/CE 425/525 Watershed Hydrology class to teach hydrograph analysis of stormflow versus peakflow events.
Dr. Elise Granek was awarded $18,260 from the USGS-PSU Partnership for “Examining Pharmaceutical and Microplastic Pollution Co-Occurrence: A Tool for Pinpointing Microplastic Sources in Oregon Waters.” Granek will be collaborating with Elena Nilsen, USGS Oregon Water Science Center. The team will examine the extent to which pharmaceutical and microplastic concentrations co-occur in wastewater effluent and tissue samples of coastal oysters and clams.
Dr. Kelly Gleason was featured in the segement "Wildfires could exacerbate water shortages" in Yale Climate Connections.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Dave Ervin organized and moderated the session “Catalyzing Transdisciplinary Science to Address the Herbicide Resistance Epidemic in Weeds” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, on February 14.

Dr. Elise Granek co-authored four papers with ESM PhD students Britta Baechler and Dorothy Horn. These were featured in a special issue of Limnology and Oceanography Letters titled “Microplastics in Marine and Freshwater Organisms: Presence and Potential Effects.”

Dr. Max Nielsen-Pincus co-authored an article titled “Fire and Land Cover Change in the Palouse Prairie-Forest Ecotone, Washington and Idaho, USA,” published in Fire Ecology in January.

ESM Faculty and Instructors were featured in "This Week in CLAS" in the article Oregon's water resources at center of revamped PSU, USGS partnership

Professor Emeritus Dr. Dave Ervin co-authored the article “Do Farmers Manage Weeds on Owned and Rented Land Differently? Evidence from U.S. Corn and Soybean Farms” in the journal Pest Management Science in January.

Dr. Melissa Haeffner presented “Managed Retreat in a North-South Context: From Resistance to Acceptance” at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California, on Dec. 11. 
Dr. Patrick Edwards awarded the 2019 Valued Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Regional Education Service District for his work with students at the St. Mary's Home for Boys.
Dorothy Horn (PhD) was featured in the article "Marine microplastics researcher talks shop" from News Times.
Dr. Elise Granek and PhD student Britta Baechler were featured in the article "Microplastics found in oysters, clams on Oregon coast -- and our clothing is partly to blame, PSU study finds." Their work was also covered in KGW, KOIN, Oregonian, Willamette Week, OPB, Associated Press, Daily Mail, and Nature World News.
Dr. Elise Granek and PhD student Britta Baechler were featured in the article "Gaps in North America’s microplastic research emerge" from Cosmetics Business.
Dr. Kelly Gleason has been selected as a fellow of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program, Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences.

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ESM/AESS Seminar Series  Fridays from 3:00pm-4:00pm in SRTC B1-82.

School of the Environment Speaker Series                    Spring 2020 Wednesdays 4-5PM via Zoom 

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Department Publications

Guedes, B. J., Massi, K. G., Evers, C., & Nielsen-Pincus, M. (2020). Vulnerability of small forest patches to fire in the Paraiba do Sul River Valley, southeast Brazil: Implications for restoration of the Atlantic Forest biome. Forest Ecology and Management, 465, 118095.

Alattar, M., DeLaney, J., Morse, J., & Nielsen-Pincus, M. (2020). Food Waste Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions among University Students. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(3), 1-16.

Schifman L., Oden R., Koestner C. (2019) Gender Wage Gap: Causes, Impacts, and Ways to Close the Gap. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Gender Equality. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham

Chiapella, A. M., Grabowski, Z. J., Rozance, M. A., Denton, A. D., Alattar, M. A., & Granek, E. F. (2019). Toxic Chemical Governance Failure in the United States: Key Lessons and Paths Forward. BioScience.

Haeffner, M., & Cowal, J. (2019). A Case Study of OregonWaterStories. com: Exploring Agency with Water Justice, Activist Applied Linguistics, and a Community Partner. Case Studies in the Environment.

Palaiologou, P., Ager, A. A., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Evers, C. R., & Day, M. A. (2019). Social vulnerability to large wildfires in the western USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 189, 99-116.

Ervin, D. E., Breshears, E. H., Frisvold, G. B., Hurley, T., Dentzman, K. E., Gunsolus, J. L., ... & Everman, W. (2019). Farmer Attitudes Toward Cooperative Approaches to Herbicide Resistance Management: A Common Pool Ecosystem Service Challenge. Ecological Economics, 157, 237-245.

Loewen, C. J., Strecker, A. L., Larson, G. L., Vogel, A., Fischer, J. M., & Vinebrooke, R. D. (2018). Macroecological drivers of zooplankton communities across the mountains of western North America. Ecography.

Evers, C. R., Ager, A. A., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Palaiologou, P., & Bunzel, K. (2019). Archetypes of community wildfire exposure from national forests of the western US. Landscape and Urban Planning, 182, 55-66.

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