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Undergraduates experience the midnight sun in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Photos by Hanna Jolkovsky.

Exploring Arctic Issues

August 27, 2015

Perched 420 meters above sea level, USC Dornsife undergraduate Kathryn Kelly surveyed a stunning landscape of fjords, islands and white-capped mountains. Spread at her feet, like a jewel in the crown, lay one of the…

Abigail Gregg (left) and Laura Wang, the first USC students to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships, are both graduates of USC Dornsife. Photos courtesy of Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang.

Toward a Better World

August 24, 2015

USC Dornsife alumnae Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang are the first USC graduates to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships. Wang, a Trustee Scholar who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012 with bachelor’s and master’s…

As a senior, Jamie Brisbin spent a semester doing a special program on Catalina Island, which helped solidify his love of sea diving. Photo courtesy of Jamie Brisbin.

A Rescue Mission

June 25, 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough… go to Superman School? That’s the informal name, at least, for the rigorous training required to become a pararescueman, or “PJ” (para-jumper). These U.S. Air…

PWP: Borrego Springs

Boots on the Ground, Minds in the Sky

June 5, 2015

Buffeted by a chilly wind blowing from the choppy grey waters of Southern California’s Salton Sea, the group of USC students stood on the vast inland lake’s southern shore and gazed out across the desolate beauty…

The jet stream over North America. Photo courtesy of NASA.gov.

5 Factors Affecting California’s Drought

May 27, 2015

What conditions and factors prompted our drought? Why has it persisted? Why are we running out of water? Five experts — from USC Dornsife, USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Price School of Public Policy —…

Michele Felberg, a graduate of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies program and the USC Scientific Diving program. Photo courtesy of Michele Felberg.

Diving into Success

May 20, 2015

Michele Felberg ’13 knows the connection between tourism and the marine environment — that’s where she's worked for the past two years. With the help of a prestigious scholarship, she wants to study how…

The Southern California coastline. Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns.

The Environmental Story of L.A.

May 6, 2015

The Los Angeles area has long played host to a complex relationship between humans and nature. From early coastal populations 10,000 years ago to today’s massive Port of Los Angeles community, local residents have played…

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental sciences, environmental health and energy. It is administered annually by USC Dornsife.

Renewed Energy

April 30, 2015

Jane Lubchenco showed an animation of the world’s peak fishing areas as they were between 1951 and 1999. Darker spots — indicating areas of more concentrated fishing — were limited mainly to water near the…

Their dependence on silica likely gave sea sponges an advantage in an age of climate change between the Triassic and Jurassic periods. Photo courtesy of the NOAA Ocean Explorer.

The Winner in Climate Change?

April 7, 2015

Global temperatures climb, acid levels in the Earth’s oceans spike and sea levels rise. Next come the dinosaurs. No, we are not talking about today’s climate change phenomena. Think back —way back…

Donal Manahan and his research group have created a more accurate picture of how the metabolism of a sea urchin changes under environmental stress.

Hidden Costs

March 30, 2015

Scientists have found a way to measure the unseen toll that environmental stress places on living creatures — showing that they can rev up their metabolism to work more than twice as hard as normal to cope with…