Steve Davis' research spotlighted in Orange Coast Magazine

The realities of the global climate crisis can seem overwhelming. Every day, there’s new information about how the environment and human health are being threatened. And the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic has people wondering about possible parallels.

June 22, 2020

Black Lives Matter: A Commitment to Action from ESS Faculty and Grad Student Leaders

In collaboration with grad students and faculty, we send our strong statement of solidarity and long-term commitment to ending anti-Black racism. This commitment is a starting point meant to initialize a continued dialogue, and we welcome feedback from our community. We intend this letter as a living document subject to revision based on the voices and needs of Black community members. Our full statement is posted here.

June 08, 2020

Steve Davis participates in conversation about climate change and COVID-19

In this conversation, we will have three experts discuss climate change and air quality during COVID-19. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts (Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of AirUCI, UCI), Steve Davis (Associate Professor of Earth System Science, UCI), Jason Low (Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District) will discuss their work and their perspective on the pandemic that has changed all of our lives.

May 19, 2020

Steve Davis focus of UCI News piece

Reduced transportation emissions due to the worldwide COVID-19 lockdown have caused a global decline of about 9 percent in atmospheric carbon dioxide compared to 2019

May 20, 2020

Kate Mackey's research at the Salton Sea spotlighted by UCI Physical Sciences

Katherine Mackey studies the boundary between the living and the nonliving worlds. She wants to know how those two worlds define one other, as things like aquatic microorganisms can alter the chemistry of the water they live in, and the chemistry of the water can then affect the kinds of organisms able to live there.

April 30, 2020

Ellen Druffel elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,403 and the total number of international members to 501. International members are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

April 27, 2020

Research by Morgan Gorris, Charlie Zender, and Jim Randerson cited in Science Friday


April 24, 2020

Physical Sciences launches Solutions that Scale to address environmental problems

Global environmental problems often take the shape of vicious cycles, with universal human desires for improved wellbeing cascading via consumption and environmental impacts to instead reduce it. Different solutions address different links in such cycles, born of research, translation, education, and practice. However, solutions to planetary problems must reach planetary proportions. This is why we're bringing together scientists and academics, policy makers, business leaders, and global citizens to identify and accelerate solutions that scale

April 22, 2020

ESS and Physical Sciences launch series on climate change

On this Earth Day, as we reflect on the global impact our school and the department of ESS have had on climate change studies, we launch a climate change series that examines what the future holds for Earth science research given the many shifts caused by the pandemic.

April 22, 2020


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