The innovative Practicum in Environmental Science is the year-long capstone program for all Environmental Science majors – designed to launch students into impactful careers.

The Practicum partners undergraduate students with businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to conceive and deliver science-based solutions to challenging environmental problems in Southern California and beyond. The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability cordially invites you to join us in supporting the incredible work of our students and the lasting effect their research can have in ensuring a more sustainable future for us all.

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
10:10 a.m. Project Presentations
11:45 a.m. Light Lunch
12:15 p.m. IoES Student Achievement Awards
12:25 p.m. IoES Departmental Honors Research Presentation
12:35 p.m. Project Presentations
1:45 p.m.   Reception

Assessing the Health and Community Impacts of Oil Drilling Near Homes in South Los Angeles
Client: STAND-L.A


Developing a Model for Sustainable Ebony Production and Logging in Cameroon
Client: Taylor Guitars


Impacts of Kelp Forests on Ocean Acidification in Santa Monica Bay
Client: The Bay Foundation


Effects of Vegetation and Other Land Cover Factors on Microclimates in Heat-Vulnerable Neighborhoods of Los Angeles
Client: TreePeople


A Global Analysis of the Potential Productivity for Aquaculture
Clients: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), and National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)


Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Coastal Habitats and Wetlands in Southern California
Clients: Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project—California State Coastal Conservancy and USC Sea Grant


Connecting Climate-Vulnerable Valley and Foothill Habitats to Higher Elevations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Through Corridor Mapping
Client: National Park Service—Sequoia National Park


Planning and Feasibility Analysis for a Field Station at Tejon Ranch
Client: Tejon Ranch Conservancy


Quantifying Watershed Health for the Los Angeles River
Client: Council for Watershed Health


Life Cycle Analysis Analysis of Dairy Manure Collection and Treatment
Client: Sustainable Conservation


Analyzing Wildfire Ignition Sources in the Santa Monica Mountains and Surrounding Areas
Client: National Park Service—Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area