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Ocean Probes Offer Insight Into Climate Change

Ocean Probes Offer Insight Into Climate Change

August 9, 2011

Lisa Collins, environmental studies lecturer at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, spent four years collecting samples from floating sediment traps in the San Pedro Basin off the Los Angeles…

Students from USC Dornsife's Environmental Studies Program are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs at the Catalina Island Conservancy. From left to right: Miller Zou, Alexandria Cheung, Lisa Collins, Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez, Charlie de la Rosa and Daniel Kasang. Photo courtesy of Lisa Collins.

A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship

July 15, 2011

Two students and two recent graduates of USC Dornsife’s Environmental Studies Program have started a trail-blazing summer interning with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with…

Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

Jennifer McCard (B.A., environmental studies, '06) is a deputy operating officer for Manna Energy Limited in Kigali, Rwanda. Alex Peterson (B.A., international relations, '05) is an information management specialist for the U.S. Foreign Service in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Jill Peterson.

In Love, Will Travel

April 24, 2011

Jennifer McCard and Alex Peterson’s white stucco house is built into a red-earthen hillside. In the front yard, a swimming pool filled in with soil functions as a garden where they grow carrots, peas and…

Roberta Marinelli, who has served as the program director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program at the National Science Foundation, will begin her directorship in July 2011.

New Director Appointed for the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

March 14, 2011

USC College Dean Howard Gillman has appointed Dr. Roberta Marinelli the new director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, following an extensive national search. Since 2005, Marinelli has served as the…

USC College’s Jim Haw with ABC <em>Castle</em> television actress Stana Katic during filming of The Alternative Travel Project.

Jim Haw Joins ABC Castle Actors in Short Videos for Environmentalism

November 17, 2010

Navigating Los Angeles without a car is possible and worth the change of habit, just ask ABC Castle television actors Stana Katic and Seamus Dever. USC College's Jim Haw was tapped for his environmental expertise, and is…

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

July 29, 2010

One of the new courses in the summer line-up of USC College's Problems Without Passports program takes students to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and to Guam and Palau in Oceania, a region mostly…

Can We Save Los Angeles?

Can We Save Los Angeles?

September 24, 2009

USC students will face an enormous challenge during the next few years: help Los Angeles and other cities survive or risk losing them. This is an urgent — and local — call to action. According to U.S. Secretary…

A World of Learning

A World of Learning

November 1, 2008

The office of the U.S. secretary of state... A cave in southern Belize... A health clinic in central Mexico... This summer, learning at USC College soared beyond the classroom to some surprising places. Undergraduates in…

Deep-Sea Expedition Begins

Deep-Sea Expedition Begins

November 1, 2008

Seldom has one scientist dived so deep to look at something so small. For three weeks this month, USC College’s David Caron will join an expedition to study marine life around deep-sea hydrothermal vents. His specialty:…