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.



IoES’s UCLA office is now Los Angeles Green Business Certified

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UCLA professors Paul Barber, Robert Wayne to enhance undergraduate STEM education

Both UCLA professors of ecology and evolutionary biology and IoES faculty members received $1 million each from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create new interdisciplinary approaches to science education.



Rajit Gadh named by IESA one of the “50 most influential Indians in Energy Storage and Micro-grids”

The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) named IoES Faculty member and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Rajit Gadh as one of the “50 most influential Indians in Energy Storage and Micro-grids.”



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...