Seminar Series
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
3:00-4:00 PM (Thurs/Fri)
Snacks and refreshments provided!
Join us at The Rathskeller for happy hour after the talks (for Fairfax campus seminars)

please check back regularly for updates and last minute changes


Feb 1, 2018 Thursday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Dr. Denise Akob
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
“Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal on Surficial Streams”
Learn about the micro connection to fracking
Feb 7, 2018 Wednesday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Dr. David Bourne
Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
“The role of microbes in coral reef health and disease processes”
Learn about the world’s first coral hologenome and how researchers are battling the impact of global climate stressors on corals and coral disease
Feb 15, 2018 Thursday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Dr. Jason Murray, Environmental and Natural Resource Economist at NOAA “Putting a Price on Deepwater”
Learn about his role in natural resource damage
assessments involving oil spills and toxic waste sites
Feb 23, 2018 Friday

Merten Hall 1202

Dr. Sean Grace
Southern Connecticut State University
“Coral quiescence and competition on temperate reefs”
Learn about the interesting life history of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata that lives up and down the Atlantic coast
Mar 1, 2018 Thursday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Dr. Yun Shen
University of Michigan
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
“Adhesion, persistence, and release of Legionella pneumophila associated with biofilms and corresponding risk assessment of Legionella pneumophila in a shower event”
Learn about pathogens associated with biofilms in drinking water distribution systems
Mar 23, 2018 Friday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Dr. David Gill
George Mason University and Conservation International
“Measuring the impacts of marine protected areas”
Explore the linkages between marine management, human well-being, and ecosystem health
Mar 29, 2018 Thursday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Dr. Babatunde Abidoye
George Mason University
“EBA – Ecosystem Based Adaptation Interactive Game”
Apr 13, 2018 Friday

(relocated to) USGS National Fish Health research lab in Leetown, VA

Dr. Albert K. Smith
George Mason University
“Natural Resource Conservation, the Value of Engaging Today’s Modern Citizen Scientists”
Apr 20, 2018 Friday

Johnson Center Rm C

Lindsey Williams
University of New Hampshire 
“What do you do with an environmental studies degree? Reflections from a former government policy analyst turned PhD Candidate” 
Lindsey will present her research to better understand the role of public engagement, negotiation, and dispute resolution in coastal socio-environmental systems.
Apr 26, 2018 Thursday

Exploratory Hall 3301

Sally Lahm
Rainforest Trust
“Econundrums: Connecting environmental change
to animal and ecosystem health”
Learn about the conundrums facing ecologists
today in 3 real-world case studies
May 4, 2018 Friday

Potomac Science Center 3102, 650 Mason Ferry Avenue, Woodbridge, VA

Michael Schwarz
Director, Virginia Seafood AREC
“Sustainable Aquaculture in Virginia: Research, Development, Application, and Internship/Collaboration Opportunities”
May 10, 2018 Friday

Potomac Science Center

Nancy Knowlton
Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History; Department of Invertebrate Zoology
“Ocean Optimism”