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University of Oregon

The Environmental Science Institute was recently founded in 2012 in the recognition that solving complex environmental problems requires the knowledge and expertise from multiple traditional disciplines.  Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and graduate education in the environmental sciences.  Members come primarily from the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Geological Sciences, and Geography.  Research of the faculty and graduate students spans the gamut from the geophysical to the organismal, from microbial to global spatial scales, and from contemporary to geological temporal scales.




Three new grants funded to ESI faculty!

Principal Investigators:  Scott Bridgham, Bart Johnson, Laurel Pfeifer-Meister, and Bitty Roy
Project Title: “Collaborative Research: Scaling to Regional Controls Over Prairie Plant Range Distributions under Future Climate Change
Funding Source:  MacroSystems Biology, National Science Foundation
Project Dates:  2/1/2014 to 1/31/2016
Total Funding:  $2,313,850

Principal Investigators:  Dave Sutherland, Daniel Gavin, and Josh Roering
Project Title: “Understanding oceanic and terrestrial controls on dissolved oxygen variability in the Coos Bay estuary”
Funding Source:  Oregon Sea Grant
Project Dates:  7/17/2014 to 7/16/2019
Total Funding:  $241,718

Principal Investigator: Pat McDowell
Project Title:  “2013-14 Effectiveness monitoring for physical habitat and geomorphology at restoration projects in the Middle Fork John Day River mainstem”
Funding Source:   Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Project Dates:  10/1/2013 to 9/30/2014
Total Funding:  $69,998.78