Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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A man collects water from a river in Senegal

Seeking Disease Solutions in Nature »

January 24, 2018

New program aims to pioneer cost-effective ecological solutions to disease.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Hal Mooney

A ‘Big Picture’ Ecologist: Hal Mooney  »

November 2, 2017

Stanford ecologist Hal Mooney was 18-years-old and taking a break from working as a “mess boy” aboard a Norwegian cargo ship when inspiration struck.

By Christine Black

hand holding cell phone amid mosquitoes

Seeking Citizen Scientists to Track Mosquitoes »

October 31, 2017

A simple recording of a mosquito’s buzz on a cellphone could contribute to a global-scale mosquito tracking map of unprecedented detail.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

A child sorts through plastic trash in Nicaragua.

The History and Future of the Plastics Economy »

October 25, 2017

Plastics are inexpensive and pervasive, but also degrade slowly and damage critical ecosystems. Stanford chemist Robert Waymouth discusses changes in incentives and technologies to create a more sustainable future for...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Researchers Aim to Clean Up South Asia's Dirty Brick Kilns »

September 27, 2017

Story about major pollution challenge features work of Stanford researchers.

By Steve Baragona, Voice of America

Bricks dry outside a kiln in Bangladesh.

Stanford Researchers Team up to Reduce Pollution and Improve Health »

September 14, 2017

Brick kilns and their pollution are ubiquitous in South Asia. An interdisciplinary team is combining satellite data and political persuasion to track kilns, raise public awareness and incentivize kiln owners to use...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

washed out road

Designing Infrastructure for a Changing Climate »

August 1, 2017

Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh joins a team of scientists and engineers who will study the future of infrastructure design in California under worsening climate change impacts.

By Joanna Nurmis, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

wind turbines

Collaboration Meets Innovation »

July 19, 2017

Stanford funding kickstarts research aimed at developing a range of transformative environmental solutions.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Team members from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute collect water from Monterey Bay for eDNA analysis.

DNA Left by Ocean Animals Provides Rare Glimpse of Marine Ecosystems »

June 13, 2017

As ocean animals swim past, they leave behind DNA. Now, scientists have shown these genetic clues can be used as forensic markers to accurately and easily survey marine life in complex deep-water environments.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Workers in Ecuador spray insecticide to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread dengue, chikungunya and Zika diseases.

What a Warming Planet Means for Mosquito-Borne Diseases »

May 3, 2017

A new analysis by Stanford researchers reveals that the ideal temperature for the spread of mosquito-born diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika is 29 degrees C. This finding helps predict disease outbreaks in a...

By Sarah Derouin, Stanford News Service

Old Route 49 bridge crossing over the South Yuba River in Nevada City, Calif. in January 2017.

When Bridges Collapse »

April 28, 2017

Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

This Bug Can Eat Plastic. But Can It Clean Up Our Mess? »

April 24, 2017

Discusses ongoing research at Stanford by Weimin Wu and others on plastic-eating mealworms.

By Carrie Arnold, National Geographic

These pesky caterpillars seem to digest plastic bags »

April 24, 2017

References research on plastic-eating mealworms supported by Woods Environmental Venture Projects program.

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post

Watch: Virtual Reality Film The Crystal Reef Helps Kids Understand the Impacts of Climate Change »

April 12, 2017

Features virtual reality project developed with funding from Woods' Environmental Venture Projects program.


Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito

Students Become Zika Experts, Publish Paper »

March 22, 2017

Introductory freshman seminar students study the epidemic’s sparse, rapidly changing history. In an unusual twist, their coursework culminated in a journal publication.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service