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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…

John Monterubio, who earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from USC Dornsife in 2006, is general counsel and chief operations officer at ReefCam LLC. Photos courtesy of John Monterubio.

Hero of the Reefs

March 9, 2015

When USC Dornsife alumnus John Monterubio was six years old, his parents gave him a book about fish. “There were pictures of all these different types of fish and I still remember how the barracuda always stood out to…

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,…