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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…

Two children carry containers filled with water in Northern Uganda. Drinking unclean water can lead to many diseases. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Photos by Justin Arana.

My Name Is Water

October 16, 2014

Justin Arana was traveling the world on a spiritual quest to find himself. The journey was spurred by his grandfather, who had asked if Arana would be happy with the worth of his life if he died the next day. It was 2008,…

Sunset at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina. Included in the blog, the photo is by Megan Hall, a Wrigley Institute 2014 Summer Fellow and Ph.D. student in the lab of Andrew Gracey of biological sciences.

In Their Own Words

October 8, 2014

Student researchers are contributing to a new blog that the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, launched in June to feature graduate and undergraduate environmental…

From left, doctoral student Diane Kim, SPOT coordinator Troy Gunderson and doctoral student David Needham stand aboard research vessel <em>Yellowfin</em> with a Rosette water sampler equipped with sensors used to collect real-time environmental data. Photo by Cheryl Chow.

A Scientific Hot SPOT

September 25, 2014

At a station in the San Pedro Basin, a region between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, USC Dornsife faculty and student researchers study the physical, biological and biogeochemical cycles that define the coastal…

Dawn Nagel, a postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife and lead author on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, works in Steve Kay’s laboratory. Photo courtesy of Kay Lab.

Plants and their Stressors

September 22, 2014

Scientists have discovered a key molecular cog in a plant’s biological clock — one that modulates the speed of circadian (daily) rhythms based on temperature. Transcription factors, or genetic switches, drive gene…