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.
Studies by IoES faculty members recognized among the top 1% most referenced within their field
Thomson Reuters’ list of ‘most cited’ influential scholars included 30 UCLA faculty members. IoES faculty members on the list include Stephen Hubbell (ecology and evolutionary biology), Nathan Kraft (ecology), Michael Jerrett (public health), Peter Kareiva (environment and sustainability), and Dennis Lettenmaier (geography).
Aradhna Tripati wins 2017 Bromery Award for Minorities
The Geological Society of America awarded UCLA’s Aradhna Tripati the 2017 Bromery Award for Minorities, which is given to a minority who has “made significant contributions to research in the geological sciences, or those who have been instrumental in opening the geoscience field to other minorities.” Tripati was nominated by UCLA professor emeritus Raymond V. Ingersoll,...
Professor Daniel Blumstein publishes book on eco-tourism
Globally, a recent study suggested that there are over eight billion visitors per year to terrestrial natural areas. Stated bluntly: more people visit natural areas than there are people on Earth! Alarmingly, this estimate does not include small reserves so the real extent of people interacting with wildlife and recreating in natural areas is even larger. Such...
Neelin receives 2017 Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award
J. David Neelin has been selected as the 2017 Bert Bolin awardee and lecturer of the American Geophysical Union’s Global Environmental Change focus group. He will receive the award and present this lecture at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. The award recognizes an Earth scientist for “groundbreaking research or/and leadership in global environmental change through cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research in the past 10 years.” Read the full story from Earth & Space Science News.
Pritzker Fellow Kevin Njabo knows how to make the impossible happen
Kevin Njabo, director of Africa Programs for both the Center for Tropical Research (CTR) and Congo Basin Institute, has been awarded the 2017 IoES Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellowship. The annual fellowship is made possible through an endowment from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation and recognizes instructors for their contributions to academic programs.
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...