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Doctoral candidate María Touceda-Suárez collaborates with a local living agricultural museum, Mission Garden, to better understand how land use impacts microbial communities.
Inspired by her international travels in the military and exposure to environmental issues, Monicka LaShawn Raybon (BS Environmental Science’ 22) is pursuing her online environmental degree while stationed abroad in England.
As a first-generation college student and Diné (Navajo), Samantha Yazzie (BS Environmental Science '20) decided on an environmental science degree because she didn’t want her young family members growing up in a polluted world. Her independent study project investigates the potential of carbon sequestration, the capturing and storing of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to mitigate climate change, on the Navajo Nation.
For her pioneering engagement and partnership with Indigenous communities leading to transformative outcomes, hydrologist and faculty Karletta Chief (Diné) will be one of 36 American Geophysical Union honorees this year, receiving the AGU Ambassador Award and a conferred fellowship.
Doctoral candidate Richelle Thomas leads a study where she combines a Westernized laboratory-based approach with Indigenous perspectives to look at the effects of arsenic and uranium on traditional medicinal plants.
One of only a few female Navajo hydrologists in the world, Nikki Tulley is a Ph.D. student who has dedicated her life to tackling water insecurity and restoring balance to her homeland. Watch the short film about how this young scientist gives us a glimpse of her life and how her work fuses the power and resiliency of indigenous methodology with Western science to inspire the next generation of Navajo scientists.
Ian Pepper and Charles Gerba currently work on a research project that tests sewage water, determining that wastewater-based epidemiology has an important role to play in COVID-19 outbreaks. They are collecting sewage samples in order to track the virus as well as help protect university students, staff and faculty.
Assistant Professor Malak Tfaily is on the research project team of a $3 million grant funded by the National Science Foundation, geared towards helping students solve the world's biggest environmental issues. The goal is to bring student researchers together to take on earth's greatest obstacles, from climate change to sustainability to global policy.
Since 2018, the Dr. Ian Pepper Scholarship supports two exemplary environmental science majors in financial need. Pepper is a current and highly respected faculty member who wants to not only financially supports these students, but can get to know them.
Postdoctoral researcher Gabriele Schiro and undergraduate researcher Adalee Martinez spent this summer collecting dust and soil samples to better understand microbial biogeography in the Sky Islands of Arizona (as safely as possible following covid-19 precautions).
A study by ENVS researchers proved new cleaning methods on airline flights as effective in battling the spread of COVID-19 and was referenced in an Arizona Republic article. The study demonstrates what cleaning processes kill active bacteria on flights as well as how they work on multiple surfaces besides aircrafts.
Doctoral candidate Richelle Thomas was featured in MIT Solve as part of the 2020 Indigenous Communities Fellowship. She was awarded a grant as a Native innovator for assessing the risks from legacy mining to the Diné (Navajo) people through measurement of heavy metal uptake into traditional medicinal plants.