Our faculty and students strive for excellence in their work. We are honored to be recognized by esteemed organizations. Below are a few of our most recent accolades.
UCLA professor wins British Society for Literature and Science’s annual book prize
IoES and Department of English Professor Ursula Heise has been awarded this year’s British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) prize for best book in the field of literature and science published in 2016. Her book, “Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species,” explores extinction, endangered species and wildlife conservation through the lens of culture and...
UCLA announces new Ph.D. program in environment and sustainability
Starting this fall, the IoES will offer a new graduate program to help students study and address important environmental challenges that require skills in multiple disciplines. Environment and sustainability problems addressed by the degree program include those related to: climate science, environmental science, mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem services and biodiversity, energy, food, water, air quality, public...
Rising climate scientist honored by President Obama
UCLA geochemist Aradhna Tripati received the highest honor the United States bestows on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers—the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Presented earlier this month by former President Barack Obama, the award acknowledges individuals who lead in understanding and confronting a range of challenges,...
Study designed in La Kretz Center workshop included in Conservation Biology’s top papers list
UCLA research on the role of behavioral ecology in improving wildlife conservation and management was cited as one of the most popular papers in a top science journal. “A systematic survey of the integration of animal behavior into conservation,” co-authored by Dan Blumstein, a member of the IoES, was named one of the top five most accessed papers...
New book co-authored by Brad Shaffer covers conservation risks faced by sensitive California species
One of the most important hotspots of biodiversity in the United States, California is home to many native amphibians and reptiles found nowhere else on earth. Climate change impacts, human development, and extreme drought mean these unique species face an ever-greater risk of extinction. Published in association with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Amphibian and...
UCLA honored for water innovation
At a Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator conference, Coro Southern California recognized UCLA with the Meaningful Impact Award for its water conservation initiatives. UCLA is championing sustainability and water innovation through a number of research programs including the UCLA Water Resources Group and the Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge. The UCLA Water Resources Group, headquartered at the...
Alex Hall receives American Geophysical Union Ascent Award
Alex Hall, UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions, received a 2016 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The award recognizes mid-career academic, government and private sector scientists who demonstrate excellence in research and leadership in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences. Hall is...
It’s been a big year for Glen MacDonald, the former IoES director and current head of our White Mountain Research Center. At the top of the list is one of the most prestigious science accolades in the United States – election to the National Academy of Sciences Next up, recognizing his “exceptional contributions to Earth...
Dissertation Year Fellowship
Jordan Rosencranz has been awarded a UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, which is designed to help students in the final writing stage of their doctorates. For his research, Rosencranz partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey to examine ‘the coastal squeeze’ phenomenon of Californian salt marshes: Human development has already encroached on wildlife habitat such as marshes...
The Pankaj Parekh Graduate Fellowship
Sonali Abraham is the first recipient of the Pankaj Parekh Graduate Fellowship, which is awarded to a first-year doctoral student focusing on water issues. Growing up in the Middle East and Bangladesh, Abraham is no stranger to water woes. “I’ve seen firsthand the scarcity and water contamination issues that people have to deal with. It...