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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.” […]

VIDEO: Mason Students in the Field (featuring ESP and PEREC faculty and students)

OSCAR Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship features ESP and PEREC students

You are cordially invited to attend the poster event on Friday, August 4, 2017, where the results of the Summer Team Projects will be presented at the OSCAR Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship. From PEREC, there are five undergraduate students presenting the work they did with PEREC (mentors: Drs. Amy Fowler, Kim de Mutsert, Cindy Smith, […]

Dr. Kim de Mutsert receives NOAA Restore Act Science Grant for Fisheries Ecosystem Models

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program has completed its second funding competition (2017) and awarded approximately $16.7M to 15 teams of researchers and resource managers to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. These awards continue the Science Program’s commitment to producing timely and high-quality scientific findings […]

One Health: Lyme Disease Study a multidisciplinary collaboration

Recently, Department of Global and Community Health (GCH) professor Dr. Michael von Fricken and his OSCAR students Josh and Elisha Musih, worked in partnership with GCH adjunct faculty member Susan Howard to capture ticks in Great Falls Park, Maryland. Susan Howard is also an instructor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). This work […]

ESP Staff complete inaugural Research Adminstration Certificate Program

Congratulations are in order! Two ESP staff members, Lisa Bair, HR and Administrative Specialist, and Natasha Henrich, Finance & Grants Technician, recently completed the inaugural Research Administration Certificate Program and received their certificates in the celebration event held on June 20, 2017. The Research Administration Certificate Program developed in collaboration with a cross-campus advisory committee, […]

Thomas E. Lovejoy Library Dedication

University Professor in the ESP department Dr. Thomas Lovejoy was in attendance along with Mason President Ángel Cabrera, Mason First Lady Beth Cabrera, Provost S. David Wu, Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) Interim Director Cody Edwards, and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) Director Steven Monfort on the occasion of the dedication of the Thomas E. […]

On TV: GMU Honey Bee Initiative to Help Fight Endangerment

German Perilla, Director of the George Mason Honey Bee Initiative, was recently featured on the local news.  Dr. Perilla also teaches the EVPP 490/505 Sustainable Beekeeping course in the spring and fall.  Read more about the Honey Bee Initiative. Take a look inside the hive: