• ENVS Fall Recognition Ceremony

    ENVS Fall 2014 Recognition Ceremony

    December 2014 Environmental Studies graduates and their families are cordially invited to the ENVS Recognition Ceremony and Reception in the Eaton Humanities Building 1B50, Friday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. No tickets are required and academic regalia (cap and gown) is recommended. Attention Graduates: Each graduate will have an opportunity to say a few words on stage.

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  • SEEC Constructions August 2014

    SEEC Building Construction Underway

    Question: What do you get when you put three research institutes, two federal partners, two academic departments, and cutting-edge laboratory equipment into a state-of-the-art workspace dedicated to interdisciplinary research? Answer: Mutual inspiration and beneficial exchanges – what Nobel Laureate and CU professor Tom Cech terms as “fruitful collisions” of people, research, and ideas.

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  • Garrett Rue

    Research in Antarctica

    The McMurdo Dry Valleys--the largest relatively ice-free zone on the Antarctic continent--has been studied as part of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Network since 1993. The principal investigator on the project is Diane McKnight, a fellow at CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and a professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering. Several Environmental Studies graduate students have done research in Antarctica with Diane McKnight.

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  • Red Cross Red Crescent Field Work

    CU-Boulder students focus on aid policies with new Red Cross partnership

    The Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the University of Colorado Boulder have linked up to send CU graduate students to Africa for a three-month internship program focusing on the climate.

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  • Bangladesh Amanda Carrico

    Environmental Research in Bangladesh

    Poor water quality due to saltwater intrusion and arsenic are significant concerns within communities in Southwest Bangladesh. Amanda Carrico is collaborating with a team of researchers funded by the Office of Naval Research to implement the Bangladesh Environment and Migration Survey (BEMS). This study examines how environmental conditions influence the migration of people, and the extent to which migration fosters resilience to environmental stress.

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  • New Freedom Park

    New Freedom Park

    In an effort to revitalize neighborhoods, address neighborhood gaps in safe and healthy places to play and access to healthy food, the Trust for Public Land teamed up with Denver Parks and Recreation, the Colorado Health Foundation, Denver Urban Gardens and others to design a safe, accessible, food producing landscape for war refugees in east Denver. Jill Litt, Environmental Studies, and colleagues from Kaiser Permanente evaluated the impact of this redevelopment project from its design to its implementation.

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  • Uganda Wildlife Authority Collecting Weather Data

    Uganda Wildlife Authority Collecting Weather Data

    The Albertine Rift region in East Africa is one of the world's most threatened biodiversity hotspots due to dense smallholder farming, high levels of land and resource pressures, and habitat loss and conversion. Joel Hartter and his colleagues' research through the Population, Environment, and Climate in the Albertine Rift (PECAR) project results highlight the need for fine-scale climate information to assist agro-ecological communities in developing effective adaptive management.

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Ethan's research includes extracting high-resolution time series of tidewater glacier dynamics from time-lapse photographs, harnessing crowdsourcing platforms to tackle some of his difficult-to-automate image processing needs, and evaluating internet photo collections as records of subtle landscape changes. A side project, building an inventory of Boulder urban arable land with corresponding yield estimates, was supported in 2011-2012 by a CU Green Fund Scholarship. He is also an award-winning photographer.


Dr. Lawrence's current research and teaching interests include the deployment of renewable energy and the management health care operations.

Travis Drake


Travis received his M.S. in 2014 and now works as a research hydrologist with USGS in Boulder. His work focused on how permafrost decomposes when it thaws, and he found that large quantities of biodegradable carbon in permafrost will ultimately be respired to carbon dioxide and escape to the atmosphere, thereby augmenting ongoing Arctic climate warming. After spending summers at field sites in Siberia and Alaska, Travis finds the sound of mosquitos buzzing around his ears to be meditative.