Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Riverside
We are a multidisciplinary department within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside with both undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental science. We seek to expand knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological and human components of the Earth System, through cutting-edge research, rigorous student training and service to the community. Our department consists of faculty, graduate students, postdocs and research staff working within and across the fields of atmospheric sciences, environmental chemistry & ecotoxicology, hydrologic sciences, and soil & water sciences.
Our undergraduate program exposes students to a wide array of environmental science disciplines and prepares them for careers in State/Federal resource agencies, private consulting and for graduate education.
All of our graduate areas of study emphasize quantitative, interdisciplinary study of the Earth System. Alumni from our graduate programs have gone on to successful careers in government and university science, resource management, education and economics.
Fungi and bacteria are binging on burned soil
UC Riverside researchers have identified tiny organisms that not only survive but thrive during the first year after a wildfire. The findings could help bring land back to life after fires that are increasing in both size and severity. The...
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Soil tainted by air pollution expels carbon
New UC Riverside research suggests nitrogen released by gas-powered machines causes dry soil to let go of carbon and release it back into the atmosphere, where it can contribute to climate change. Industrial manufacturing, agricultural practices, and significantly, vehicles, all...
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