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Graduate Student Annual Report – for current students

All current ESP students are requested to provide feedback regarding their academic progress over the previous year to the department. You can access the online form here: This form is submitted directly to the ESP Graduate Program Coordinator, Sharon Bloomquist.  

Dr. Jennifer Sklarew appears on Emerald Planet TV

(program begins approximately 49 secs in) On May 14, 2017, Dr. Jennifer Sklarew appeared on the Emerald Planet TV program to discuss the hydro-power micro-turbine project she is leading at Mason. When placed in pipes for drinking water or storm water runoff, these turbines can promote potable water and storm water management, while concurrently bolstering […]

Dr. Ryan Valdez (PhD ’15) receives 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) within the College of Science (COS) is proud to recognize one of its former students, Dr. Ryan Valdez (PhD, ‘15), as the recipient of the 2017 Mason Distinguished Alumni Award for the COS, as presented by Dean Peggy Agouris. Ryan currently serves as the Senior Manager for […]

Speak Up For Blue podcasts features Dr. Chris Parsons

Speak Up For Blue is an online platform for marine science and conservation awareness that publishes 3 podcasts weekly.  Recently, ESP associate professor Chris Parsons has been featured in two of SUFB’s April podcasts. The podcast entitled “Marching for Science: What’s Next with Dr. Chris Parsons” on April 26, 2017 discusses the March for Science, with Dr. Chris […]

ESP scholarship available for SMSC undergraduate semester – deadline June 1, 2017

The Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University is pleased to announce the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Scholarship Program for the fall semester of 2017. The scholarship will provide funding to attend the undergraduate semester program at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC). Students are invited to apply for this $2,500 scholarship […]

The 2017 ESP Student Award Recipients

  Click to see the list of 2017 Award Winners! Congratulations to all our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who have won awards.  They will be recognized at the annual awards breakfast ceremony on May 17, 2017 at 10:00am in Dewberry Hall. Awards ceremony event info: Previous winners:  

Research on avian song gets global publicity for PhD student Katherine Gentry

Katherine Gentry of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy is a PhD student studying under Dr. David Luther of the Department of Biology.  Her graduate research on avian song plasticity adjustments to traffic noise in Washington, DC recently made the news in Canada and Spain.  Please visit the links below to learn more about her […]

Presentation and Q&A about U.S. Forests and the Climate Emergency – April 27, 2017

Join Us For a Presentation and Discussion about US Forests and the Climate Emergency Renowned Climate Scientist and Southern Forest Visionary Team Up to Put Forest Protection at the Center of our National Climate Agenda Who: William Moomaw, Climate Scientist and Tufts University Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy Danna Smith, Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance […]

Mason will open new Potomac Science Center facility in Woodbridge

Announcement from Dr. R. Christian Jones: In late May, the ESP department gains a valuable new facility on the Potomac River as Mason opens the Potomac Science Center on the tidal Occoquan River in Woodbridge. The chief tenant is the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), a unit of the Department of Environmental Science […]

ESP faculty grant announcements – Spring 2017

Congratulations to our faculty who have received grants this semester! PEREC Science and Outreach: Assessment of ecosystem health in the tidal freshwater Potomac environment From the Virginia Sea Grant – $5,000 From the Patriot Green Fund – $12,000 From the OSCAR Summer Team Project Grant – $38,000 Assistant professors Dr. Amy Fowler and Dr. Kim de Mutsert teamed up and received funds […]