Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program


Sep 11, 2015
Behzad Ghanbarian '14 will receive the Donald L. Turcotte award from the American Geophysical Union for his dissertation on the physical and hydraulic properties of rocks and soils.
Jul 21, 2015
Wright State biology professor Don Cipollini suggests use of white fringetree by emerald ash borer is likely to be widespread and that the beetle may move to close relatives.
May 28, 2015
Simultaneous prediction of weathering rind thickness and soil depth. The same 1μm pore size was used for both, but the hydraulic conductivity in typical soils is about six orders of magnitude larger than for basalt. The exponent applied is the known value for the inverse of the fractal dimensionality of the percolation backbone, implying unsaturated conditions for surface rocks, saturated for soils.

Physics professor Dr. Allen Hunt recently published his work, which sought to answer the important question of "why rates of soil development and rock weathering slow over time".  

Apr 24, 2015

M. Reza Soltanian was recently recognized by the Wright State Graduate School by receiving the Graduate Student Excellence Award.  Congratulations, Reza!

Mar 24, 2015

On April 1, Prof. Wayne Carmichael will give the annual Carmichael Lecture "How Harmful are Harmful Algae Blooms?" in the Gandhi Auditorium (White Hall) at 6 PM.  A reception with refreshments at 5 PM will precede the lecture in the White Hall atrium.

Mar 19, 2015
Graduate environmental science student Alison Agather will measure mercury levels in the Arctic Ocean as part of an international expedition.
Jan 8, 2015
photo of Steve Higgins, Ke Qin, Katlin Bowman and Chad Hammerschmidt

Katlin Bowman (advisor: Chad Hammerschmidt) and Ke Qin (advisor: Abinash Agrawal) successfully defended their dissertations in December.  Congratulations to Drs. Bowman and Qin!

Oct 9, 2014
Wright State biology professor Don Cipollini finds that the emerald ash borer has apparently spread to white fringetree in the United States.
Sep 25, 2014

Two new faculty positions are open in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences as part of a new hiring plan initiated in the College of Science and Mathematics.  We are seeking candidates who can contribute to a growing interdepartmental cluster in global change research and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program.  These two positions are in addition to a new position filled by Dr. Silvia Newell in the Department of Earth and Environmental...

Aug 7, 2014

In a letter recently published in Nature, Prof. Chad R. Hammerschmidt from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, ES Ph.D. student Kaitlin Bowman along with their co-authors report on their findings from a study of anthropogenic mercury in the Pacific, Atlantic, Southern and Arctic Oceans.  The letter suggests that ocean surface waters contain approximately 3 times more mercury when compared with levels present before anthropogenic inputs.  To learn more, see the article in the...


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