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New course offering with Spring Break Costa Rica trip

Explore the challenges facing tropical environments and people. Participating in hands-on research, students will investigate the interface between the undisturbed environment of La Selva and its increasingly disturbed surroundings.

In-semester lectures with a one week-long immersive field experience to La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

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New undergraduate course offering this Spring 2020

11:375:474 (11:628:47) – Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles in a Changing World – Dawson and Sikes:
Coastal environments are dynamic zones where terrestrial and marine environments meet. They are highly productivity regions of intense biogeochemical cycling that are increasingly challenged by anthropogenic changes including: Sea level rise, ocean acidification, and eutrophication. We will explore 4 coastal environments from the poles to the tropics while building skills in analysis software.

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"Legacy" Mercury Pollution Still a Problem in New Jersey Meadowlands Waters

Rutgers-led study shows the impact of decades-old upstream contamination. Read more here.

Read this article about accelerating changes in the climate and growing concerns. Scientists at the Rutgers Climate Institute are evaluating the peril on many fronts.

Peter F. Strom was named a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Professor Peter F. Strom was named a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. The Fellows Program was started in 2011, and now includes 120 individuals. The award was presented in October at WEF's 91st annual technical exhibition and conference in New Orleans.


Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Bestows Award of Excellence on NJAES Team Led by DES Professor. Leading the team was A.J. Both, extension specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with Robin Brumfield, extension specialist in the Department of Agriculture Food and Resources Economics. Read More.

George Van Orden honored by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee

Dr. George Van Orden, 3 time department alumnus (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) and frequent Part-time lecturer in multiple courses including Biological Principles of Environmental Science (11:375:201) and Environmental Toxicology (11:375:407) is being honored by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee on October 17. In addition to numerous other awards during his career, Dr. Van Orden has also received the 2010 George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the Cook Campus Community Alumni Association. A documentary movie (River's Journey) featuring his contributions to the Whippany River's dramatic recovery was released in 2014.

Craig Phelps, Rachel Dean and Yuwei Wang all gave presentations at the 2018 NEMPET (NorthEastern Microbiologists: Physiology, Ecology, and Taxonomy) Meeting in Blue Mountain Lake NY, June 22-24, 2018. Dr. Phelps was re-elected as President and Treasurer of the organization during the board meeting.

Nempet Meeting 2018


Apparent Benzene Loss in Iron-Reducing Sediment Culture
Rachel Dean and Donna Fennell – Rutgers University

Cellular Uptake of Mercury in Anaerobic Bacteria: Applications of Mercury Stable Isotopes to Elucidate Physiological Controls
Yuwei Wang, Sarah Janssen, Jeffra Schaefer, John Reinfelder and Nathan Yee – Rutgers University

Sophronia's Gardens: Science Communication in the Progressive Era
Craig Phelps – Rutgers University

Pete Strom presented with Wastewater Hall of Fame Award

Peter Strom, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, was presented the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) Wastewater Hall of Fame Award at the NJWEA Conference in May. The award recognizes members of the association who have demonstrated dedication and competitive achievement in the wastewater field. Read More!

RU Day 2018 ...

The 10th annual Rutgers Day The 10th annual Rutgers Day was celebrated under sunny skies by an estimated 106,000 people. Environmental Sciences faculty, students, and staff shared information with visitors about the research, service, and education offered at the state's largest university during this popular spring event.

Rutgers Day 2018

New 5-Year Combined B.S./M.S. Program ...

The Department of Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies, at its December 2017 Faculty meeting, approved our proposal for a new combined 5-year (4+1) B.S/M.S. program in Bioenvironmental Engineering BEE)! This exciting new program will provide a seamless pathway for qualified engineering undergraduate students to earn a Masters Degree in an expedited manner by taking graduate courses in their Senior Year. Additional advantages of the program include a streamlined application process as well as a waiver of the GRE requirement.

A detailed program description can be obtained at the program's website.

For further information, please contact Prof. Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., P.E., Graduate Program Director, BEE, or Prof. Uta Krogmann, Ph.D., P.E., Undergraduate Program Director, BEE.

Weather Radar on Our Campus! ...

Visitors from NBC Universal joined faculty and students from SEBS and the Meteorology Undergraduate Program to celebrate the new weather radar on our campus. This celebration was featured on WNBC as shown here.

Storm Chasers ...

students taking photos of a storm

Students experienced a new 3-credit course taught by Steve Decker. The "Severe Weather Field Trip" was featured on Rutgers Focus. Steve Decker's storm chasing class allowed student to predict, observe, and analyze storms with the goal to understand the dynamics and thermodynamics that lead to some of the most beautiful yet complex atmospheric circulations on Earth.