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Prof. Lee Talbot receives the Spirit of Monterey Award

Monterey Motorsports Reunion The Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a week long celebration held annually in Monterey, California.  It is the largest gathering of historic road-racing vehicles in North America and regarded as one of the largest and most prestigious motorsports events in the world.  Races are a central part with over 500 national and international […]

Climate Change, anthropology, and stories about those affected

“Storying Climate Change” by ESP professor Dr. Susie Crate was published online in Anthropology News on April 21, 2017. Read the essay: Susie Crate is professor at George Mason University and has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability (2006), […]

ESP faculty are featured in Mason Spirit

German Perilla and Cynthia Smith, both teaching faculty at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, were featured in the Mason Spirit on August 9, 2017. Perilla is the Director and Founder of the Honeybee Initiative at Mason, and Smith is associate professor and K-12 Education & Outreach Director at PEREC. Please click on the links […]

Dr. Alonso Aguirre appointed to the Board on Life Sciences of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Dr. A. Alonso Aguirre, Chair of the ESP department, has been appointed member of the Board on Life Sciences (BLS) of the National Academy of Sciences. BLS serves as the National Academies’ focal point for a wide range of technical and policy topics in the life sciences, including basic biological and biomedical research, genetic technologies, […]

Graduate Students: Mandatory Annual Report Form is due September 1, 2017

If you are a returning ESP graduate student, and you have not yet submitted your Graduate Student Annual Report form to Sharon Bloomquist, please do so asap.  The form is due on September 1 of each year. Access the form at

PEREC Field Interpreter Recruitment Orientation – September 7, 2017

Work with Fairfax County middle school students in Chesapeake Bay related activities. Monday – Friday during fall and spring: September – November and April – May If you are interested, please attend the upcoming Program Orientation Meeting: September 7, 2017 David King Hall 3006 1:00-3:00pm

Potomac Science Center officially opens Fall 2017

  George Mason University freshwater ecologist and Environmental Science professor Chris Jones will tell you there isn’t another place like it on Earth, and he means it. “The area is environmentally unique. It is a freshwater tidal basin. The salinity of the water is basically 0, and it has unique flora and fauna.” This special […]

Summer project combines outdoor water research, pharmaceuticals, and the food web

Two George Mason University students, Heather Nortz and Michael Rollins, both majoring in environmental science, jumped at the chance to participate in a summer project exploring the health of the freshwater Potomac River environment. The 10-week project examines the ecosystem’s health through food web dynamics and the presence of pharmaceutical chemicals in Gunston Cove and Hunting […]

2017 ESP Welcome Reception

Mark your calendars! Everyone is encouraged to come and mingle and enjoy some good food and company at the 2017 ESP Welcome Reception. Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12:00-3:00pm in David King Hall, Room 3006. There will be refreshments during the meet and greet.

Lovejoy essay becomes the subject of recent article on mass extinction

John C. Cannon, a staff writer for, published a piece entitled “Sixth mass extinction ‘tsunami’ coming, but preventable” on August 4, 2017 which was based on University Professor and ESP faculty Dr. Tom Lovejoy‘s recent essay published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) entitled, “Extinction tsunami can be avoided.” […]