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Centennial Celebration of Rutgers' Department of Environmental Sciences

Alumni from all undergraduate and graduate programs affiliated with the Department over its long history* are invited to join faculty, staff and students at a Centennial Symposium and Alumni Dinner, Friday, April 24, 2020.

The Centennial Symposium, "Environmental Research: The Next 100 Years", will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick and will feature presentations by scientists and engineers with diverse perspectives on environmental research. The Centennial Alumni Dinner will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm at the George H. Cook Campus Center and will feature presentations about the Department's history and future.

Event registration information will be available here in the next few weeks.

Please direct all inquiries to: DES100@envsci.rutgers.edu

* Affiliated programs include: Environmental Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Radiation Science, Bioenvironmental and Environmental Engineering, and Soils and Crops.
This is the Friday before Rutgers Day and Reunion Weekend.


News & Events

Seminar ...

Valentina Eratova, University of Edinburgh, will deliver a seminar on Friday, February 28, 2020, 1:00 pm, in the ENR building, room 223. The seminar title is Modelling Dynamics in Solids: From Origin of Life to Modern Challenges. Here is the abstract. Come join us for this event!


Seminar ...

Peter Jaffé, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, will deliver a seminar on Friday, March 06, 2020, 2:30 pm (refreshments at 2:15 pm), in the ENR building, room 223. The seminar title is Reductive Defluorination of PFAS by Acidimicrobiaceae sp. A6 while Oxidizing Ammonium or Hydrogen under Iron Reducing Conditions. Here is the abstract. Come join us for this event!


Special Event

Trouble Ahead Trouble Behind (March 4, 2020)

Acid Mine Drainage & Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains

Diane M. McKnight is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, a member of the Environmental Engineering program faculty and a Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado.

Her research focuses on the coupling of hydrology and water quality in streams and lakes, and the consequences for aquatic ecosystems and water supplies.

Event Information

In the news ...

LED Lighting in Greenhouses Helps But Standards are Needed
Rutgers research reveals information gaps on LED lighting for indoor crops. Read more here.


Assistant Professor – Environmental Engineering Atmosphere and Air Quality Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in environmental engineering working at the interface of atmospheric science, air quality, and sustainability.

For more information, click here.


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.

Get more information!


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.

Find out more!


"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.


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.


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.