RESEARCH THAT DEFINES OUR FUTURE
MOVING SCIENCE TO ACTION
We generate global solutions with environmental research, education and storytelling that makes an immediate and equitable difference.
WHY WE'RE AN INSTITUTE
Faculty created IoES as a cross-campus institute to break through boundaries. We draw more than 90 experts from 25 disciplines. Together, we take on today’s multifaceted challenges by uniting natural and social sciences, engineering, law, public policy and humanities. As a public institution, we view all types of diversity as essential to what we do.
TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION
Our academic programs share a common ethos: We break down barriers between areas of study, foster a vibrant student community and develop solutions that can be applied worldwide. Each program features in-depth, hands-on experience with real-world problems.
STORIES FROM IoES
IoES presented the 2020 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award to Clara Pratte, a Navajo advocate for tribal communities who focuses on tribal engagement. Pratte advises tribes across the United States on economic development issues, with the goals of alleviating poverty and advancing tribal sovereignty.
The California Current supports a large marine ecosystem that is home to species ranging from orcas to abalone. It is the basis for $56 billion in annual economic output and more than 675,000 jobs. Using environmental DNA, or eDNA, UCLA researchers used new techniques to create library of DNA “barcodes” that identify 605 species in the California Current, including 275 that had not previously been catalogued.
Humidity has been dropping in the Southwest U.S. since 1950, and that loss of moisture makes wildfire conditions even worse, according to UCLA climate scientist Karen McKinnon. Her research underscores the need to deal with the big problem of climate change by reducing carbon emissions and atmospheric carbon dioxide.
UCLA and NASA experts are now partnering to combine the latest satellite-based technology with on-the-ground research approaches to better understand how animals affect where trees grow in the Congo Basin, location of the second-largest rainforest in the world. “People forget the role these animals play in the regreening of the rainforest. If you lose your elephants, primates and birds, forests can’t regenerate,” said UCLA conservation biologist Tom Smith.
A quarter of the carbon emissions that are warming the Earth dissolve into oceans, making them more acidic. Carbon emissions and warming are also causing ocean heat waves, which in turn is bleaching the world’s coral reefs. Now, a UCLA-led study reveals how increased acidity and warming ocean temperatures can interact to threaten reef-building corals.
Tonight's program features Ph.D. student, Dani Hoague, representing the Better Watts Initiative which wants to spread a message of hope and compassion. The initiative believes that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, their team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.