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Dear ESS Community,

Winter quarter feels like it has just begun and we are now already more than halfway done. For our ESS alumni, I am sure you miss the fast-paced learning that goes on during the quarter system! This is an exciting time for us as many of our students are finding out about awards. ESS had two Rhode Scholar finalists- let’s give a big shout out to both Lauren Cloward ‘16 and Sean Reilly ‘16 (who received the award). The Rhodes fellowship is extremely competitive - to be nominated is quite an honor. This year we also have three ESS Fulbright semi-finalists- we will announce whether they have received awards in the coming months.

Whether they want to improve campus sustainability or travel to far-flung places to learn about sustainability, our ESS students and alumni continue to amaze us with their desire to change the world. Erin Ronald studied abroad with the DIS program in Denmark. She writes how she was heartened to see an example of an ecologically progressive society and is thinking about how she can bring back what she learned there to the United States. Zach Gianotti studied climate change in the Arctic and then presented his research results at the American Geologic Union meetings in New Orleans this past December. We also have alumni reports from Colleen Henn who works for The Surfrider Foundation and Lizzie Urie who is currently in the second year of a master’s program at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Our faculty members are continuing to produce important and relevant research. Check out John Farnsworth’s forthcoming books and Virginia Matzek’s article on restoration practice.

Please let us know what you are up to - we love to highlight the stories and accomplishments of our alumni and students!

With kind regards,

Leslie Gray
Department Chair
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Current Students
Erin Ronald, ESS, Copenhagen  

Erin Ronald '19

The privilege of studying abroad in Copenhagen.

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Zach Gianotti, ESS, Juneau  

Zach Gianotti '19

Living on an icefield on the border of Alaska and Canada.

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Sean Reilly  

Sean Reilly '16 Named Rhodes Scholar for 2018

The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences is pleased to announce that alumnus Sean Reilly '16 was named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2018! The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious honor with worldwide recognition, and we could not be more proud of such an achievement for an alumnus of our department and SCU. As a Rhodes Scholar, Sean will study at Oxford University and plans to complete a master's degree in mathematical modelling and scientific computing and in environmental change and governance.

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Colleen Henn, ESS alumna  

Colleen Henn '16

Making a difference with The Surfrider Foundation.

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Lizzie Urie, ESS alumna  

Lizzie Urie '14

Graduate school opens up even more doors.

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Faculty Updates
John Farnsworth, Baja  

John Farnsworth

New book and retirement.

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Virginia Matzek, ESS  

Virginia Matzek

Associate Professor Virginia Matzek has co-authored a new paper intended to set an agenda for innovative and emergent approaches to ecological restoration.

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