Topical Tag: Narrative

The Magazine

GreenShorts awards high school environmental filmmakers

The event, which was held at the James Bridges Theater on campus in Westwood, recognized top short films in five categories out of more than than 70 entries from high school students from across Southern California.  Winners were chosen by an all-star panel of judges including Netflix director of content acquisition Colin Morawski, Rachel Kropa,...



GreenShorts Award Ceremony

An environmental film competition for Southern California high school students.


With GreenShorts, high school students get a chance to sit in the director’s chair and win cash prizes. The contest invites two-minute-or-less films to showcase ideas, commentary and vision for cities and the world. This year, students submitted one short film in five categories: Climate Heroes, Watertopia, No Justice No Green, You Are What You...

Special Event

KCET Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival (co-sponsored by LENS)

Open to the public


The second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival will take place Sat., April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA. 90401) in partnership with Laemmle’s Theatres. Open to the public, the event kicks off with a screening of environmental shorts from...


Elaine Gan

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher


Bryce Mitsunaga

Graduate student

M. Sanjayan

M. Sanjayan

Visiting Researcher

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Jenny Aleman Zometa

Jenny Aleman-Zometa

Second Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering


Community outreach

Our community outreach includes visiting schools, hosting groups for tours, mentorship, and research experience for high school students and teachers and members of the public.

In the News



President Trump Claims California Doesn’t Have Water to Fight Wildfires. He’s Just Wrong, State Officials Say

Trump tweeted about the California wildfires – saying the state is allocating its waters to the ocean instead of putting out fires due to environmental law and needs to clear the trees. "I sort of had to suppress a chuckle when I read the President’s tweet,” says UCLA professor of geography and ecology, Glen MacDonald. He, Cal Fire, and UC Merced climate scientist explain why the President is wrong. 



Fossils as a Tool for Marine Restoration: Old Shells Provide New Insights For Santa Monica Bay

UCLA La Kretz Center’s 9th Annual Lecture One of the great challenges in conservation biology is discovering ‘what was natural’ before human impacts. This problem is especially pressing in marine systems where biological monitoring and other records are brief or lacking. Dr. Susan Kidwell has been tackling this problem in our Southern California marine ecosystems...



Grad student looks into epidemic of outbreak narratives in media

IoES faculty member and Ursula Heise spoke with the UCLA Daily Bruin about how outbreak narratives could leave younger generations with an unrealistically bleak outlook on life.