Jim Randerson quoted in Degrees of Change piece about wildfires

The anthropocene is the most recent geological time period of the Earth, in which human influence has been the key driver of ecological and geological changes. These environmental changes manifest in a multitude of ways, all which ultimately impact us. In 2019, intense fires sprung up on every inhabited continent on the planet. In just one year, 250,000 fires across the world resulted in almost 40 million hectares of land being burnt.

September 10, 2020

Dr. Jane Baldwin joins ESS as Assistant Professor

From measuring atmospheric circulation, to using living cells to create artificial materials, our new faculty cover a broad spectrum.

August 10, 2020

Michael Prather Co-Authors Hydrogen Economy Piece for Gizmodo Australia

There is global interest in the potential for a hydrogen economy, in part driven by a concern over climate change and the need to move away from fossil fuels.


August 10, 2020

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


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