Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

Elizabeth Hadly

Woods Fellow to Receive Volunteer Service Prize »

March 5, 2015

Biology Professor Elizabeth Hadly recognized for engaging and involving students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to...

By Colleen Schwartzcoffey, Haas Center for Public Service

African rat (Mastomys natalensis), a carrier of plague and other diseases

Agriculture Expansion's Connection to Plague Risks »

March 3, 2015

Maize cultivation sparks surge in plague-carrying rodents; experts fear acceleration of agriculture production across Africa may carry same risks beyond Tanzania

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

California's Lake McClure shows the effects of drought in February 2015

Connecting Drought to Warming Temperatures »

March 3, 2015

In California, dry years coupled with warm conditions are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to increase under human-caused...

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford

Meet the Next Class of Environmental Leaders »

February 25, 2015

The Stanford Woods Institute's Rising Environmental Leaders Program announces 2015 cohort

By Paige Miller

For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring »

February 25, 2015

Stanford doctoral student Daniel Swain (Environmental Earth System Science), a 2013...

By Andrea Thompson, Climate Central

European grain yield stagnation related to climate change »

February 20, 2015

By Leslie Willoughby

Funding Water Projects in Times of Financial Uncertainty »

February 18, 2015

Water in the West program recommends small per-usage fee as appropriate way to pay for proper management of resources.

By Rob Jordan

Stanford Environment and Sustainability Researchers at AAAS »

February 12, 2015

A list of talks with Stanford environment and sustainability researchers at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting

Bold Solutions for Marine Conservation »

February 11, 2015

Two-thirds of high seas fisheries are depleted or overfished, but technology and political will can reverse the downward trend and move toward sustainability.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Climate Change Could Expand U.S. Crop Potential »

February 6, 2015

New research shows that climate change is expanding amount of land suitable for harvesting two crops per growing season. However, gains could be negated by future yield losses due to climate change.

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Terry Root and students

Excellence in Environmental Education »

February 5, 2015

Woods Senior Fellow and undergraduate environmental action class honored for excellence

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Duck - extinct

Study: Industrial Revolution of the Ocean Threatens Wildlife »

January 16, 2015

In a broad new study, scientists write that patterns of human activity that led to the collapse of land species are now occurring in the sea.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Construction on hydropower plant in Indonesia.

Seeding Student-Run Environmental Initiatives »

January 14, 2015

Program funds Stanford student projects aimed at solving environment and sustainability challenges

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Falling Through The Cracks: Story of the Sawfish »

January 13, 2015

Reconstructing the history of an endangered sea creature to save it

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

20 Researchers Selected as 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows »

January 12, 2015

Twenty North American environmental researchers have been awarded Leopold Leadership Fellowships for 2015.

Fishing boat with haul destined for for fish farm in Guangzhou, China

Chinese Aquaculture Could Tip Balance of World Fish Supplies »

January 8, 2015

China's booming aquaculture industry relies increasingly on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish, risking depletion of wild fish stocks and straining fragile ocean ecosystems. A Stanford study offers a more sustainable...

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

New Technique Confirms Wheat's Vulnerability to Rising Temperatures »

January 5, 2015

Researchers have developed a more powerful and accurate way to predict wheat yields

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Stanford Water Researcher Advises Drought-Stricken Megacity »

December 19, 2014

Newsha Ajami of Water in the West program met with officials in São Paulo, Brazil, which may have only a few weeks of water supply left

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Warning sign at Imperial Beach, San Diego

Sunny With a Chance of Gastroenteritis »

December 18, 2014

Affordable, easy-to-implement system can provide significantly more accurate information on coastal water contamination to better protect public health

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Children experience an exhibit at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif.

Learning From a Day at the Zoo  »

December 17, 2014

Stanford researcher and colleagues receive NSF grant to study science learning at zoos

By Brooke Donald, Graduate School of Education

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