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Matt Watson, Environmental Science 2012, MBS 2018, recently participated in a Master of Business and Science Alumni Career forum. See the story about Matt here.

Announcing New Environmental Sciences Department Chair: Donna Fennell

Dr. Donna Fennell has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Donna Fennell has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; and an MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She joined the department in 2002 after Postdoctoral and Research Associate appointments at Cornell and Rutgers.

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Senior Story: Scarlet Knight Spirit – Erica Weber (SEBS '20)

Erica Weber was interviewed about her experiences concerning the wide array of topics that is Environmental Sciences. Climate change, soils, water, air, hazardous and solid waste, and even toxicology are representative of the variety of the Environmental Science major.

During her interview with Newsroom staff, Erica said how much happier she was being an Environmental Science major here at SEBS, and her future plans. Read more!

Rutgers astrobiology course explores possibility of alien microbes on other planets and moons

People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out. One of them is Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University — New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth. Read More!

LED Lighting in Greenhouses Helps But Standards are Needed

Rutgers research reveals information gaps on LED lighting for indoor crops. Read more here.

Recently added undergraduate course 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.

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.

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.


Centennial Celebration of Rutgers' Department of Environmental Sciences

The Centennial Celebration of Rutgers' Department of Environmental Sciences has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the fall.