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An academic delegation from France recently visited USC Dornsife to collaborate around environment, climate and sustainability strategies. From left, Berelson, Bousquet, Capone, Delacourt-Gollain, English, Remvikos, McKenna, Michel, Bui, Agenes and Godin-Beekman. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Partners in Sustainability and Environmental Studies

February 3, 2015

USC hosted a special academic delegation from Versailles, France, from Jan. 19-23 as part of an interdisciplinary workshop designed around the topic of global environment, climate and sustainability. Over five days,…

As USC Dornsife’s first sustainability postdoctoral fellow, Jonathan Lawhead is building a bridge between philosophy and earth sciences as he addresses the philosophical implications of climate change and geo-engineering. Photo by Dan Knapp.

Issues and Interventions

January 13, 2015

Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Jonathan Lawhead was attracted to philosophy from an early age.  “Maybe it was living in a place where I was surrounded by so much probability,” he joked, before adding more…

Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo by Alex Herrera.

Microbes and Climate

January 6, 2015

A new research laboratory in the USC Dornsife Marine Environmental Biology program is investigating the impact of climate change on microbial communities in the open ocean. Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of…

Images presented at a November USC Sea Grant workshop depict areas known to be vulnerable to impacts of rising sea levels in the Los Angeles region. Photos by Holly Rindge.

Preparing for the Next High Tide

January 5, 2015

Based in USC Dornsife, the USC Sea Grant program is continuing the work it started three years ago to help coastal communities in Southern California incorporate “resilience” into their planning for adaptation to…

The USC vessel Miss Christi on the waterfront of the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Photos by Ann Close.

Miss Christi Gets Green

December 16, 2014

The USC Wrigley Institute is improving the fuel efficiency of its vessel, Miss Christi, with the help of a substantial state grant from the California Air Resources Board and the Southern California Air Quality Management…

The team, led by USC Dornsife’s Josh West, left, and Sarah Feakins, sampled water for later analysis at their labs. Here, Feakins and West haul water from the turbulent rivers of the Andes. Photo courtesy of Sarah Feakins.

Climate Change in the Amazon

December 10, 2014

USC Dornsife scientists headed to Peru’s cloud forests to study the roles of forests and rivers in carbon cycling. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a key greenhouse gas and scientists are eager to understand how carbon…

Maymester course takes students from the lettuce fields of Ventura County to ethnic food stalls in the Pacific Northwest, and restaurants and markets in between. Photos by Brittany Thompson, Karen Tongson and Linda Wang.

Let’s Dig In

November 24, 2014

With a farmer’s knife in hand, Richard Martinez knelt by a line of bright green heads of lettuce and cut off one. He snapped off the crispy leaves from the spine. Blanketed by a brilliant blue sky over Oxnard,…

What will happen when the world population expands to 9.6 billion by 2050 and twice as much food is needed? Researchers are studying ways to feed the world. Illustrations by The Heads of State for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Appetite for Change

November 19, 2014

Walking into the supermarket, browsing the seemingly endless rows of fresh produce and canned goods, it’s hard to fathom a food shortage. But with the current world population of 7.2 billion expected to explode to 9.6…

Karen Tongson, associate professor of English and gender studies, integrated foodstagramming into her Maymester course “Food Culture and Food Politics in the Land of Plenty.”

Foodstagram

November 10, 2014

“My Instagram is down. What am I supposed to do with my food, eat it?” That telling tweet sums up the preoccupation people have with sharing their meals on Instagram. The trend on the photo sharing application…

Alumnus Rodney Swan owns and operates Swan Farms, comprised of 4,000 acres of agricultural land in the vicinity of Blythe, California. Here, Swan’s daughter, Emma, stands in a field watching the thresher machine. Photo courtesy of Rodney Swan.

From Finance to Farming

October 21, 2014

Rodney Swan is most comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt. Not only did he grow up on a small family farm cultivating cotton near Blythe, California, as a young man he worked in the fields of several local farms. After earning a…