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Marine biologist Barbara Block tagging a bluefin tuna as part of ongoing innovative research on marine predators.

"Academy Award of the Ocean" to Stanford Marine Biologist  »

May 26, 2016

Senior Fellow Barbara Block (Biology) awarded prestigious prize for groundbreaking research using satellite tagging data and innovative tracking techniques. 

By Kristen Weiss, Center for Ocean Solutions

Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Carslbad, California.

Report: Desalination and California’s Water Future »

May 25, 2016

Desalination could increase freshwater supplies for some coastal communities, but more research and policy work needed, experts say in new report

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A pelagic pteropod, species probably Limacina helicina,

How to Help Save Coastal Marine Ecosystems »

May 24, 2016

Civil and Environmental Engineer Alexandria Boehm leads efforts to counteract acidification and degradation of marine environments, especially along the northern Pacific Coast.

By Glen Martin, Stanford School of Engineering

Students with Woods' FUEL program approach the California state capitol.

FUEL for Green Careers »

May 20, 2016

Woods pilot program introduces Stanford students to environmental careers, policymakers and professionals in the field.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Rodolfo Dirzo

Woods Fellow to Receive Volunteer Service Prize »

May 20, 2016

The Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize recognizes Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful...

By Colleen Schwartzcoffey, Stanford News Service

Climate and Energy Priorities for the Next U.S. President »

May 12, 2016

To combat climate change, the next president should pave the way for cleaner energy, Stanford experts say. This will require pushing for fair taxation, public-private partnership on...

By Mark Golden, Stanford News Service

Red-orange algal bloom in Puget Sound

Seawater Salt's Effects on Coastal Algae »

May 9, 2016

Stanford engineers find that active chemical agents in saltwater help to break down the byproducts of coastal algae in ways that seem to counteract deadly algal bloom but may have...

By Shara Tonn, Stanford News Service

Study: Amazon rain forest responds quickly to extreme climate events »

April 28, 2016

A new study examining carbon exchange in the Amazon rain forest following extremely hot and dry spells reveals tropical ecosystems might be more sensitive to climate change than...

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

Setting Climate Priorities for the Next U.S. President »

April 22, 2016

White House Veterans to Gather at Stanford May 6 for Conference on the Next U.S. President’s Climate Change Agenda

New Tool Calculates Economic Costs of Methane Leak Detection »

April 20, 2016

The “virtual gas field simulator” developed by Stanford scientists calculates the economic costs of different technologies for plugging and repairing leaky natural gas wells.

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

Society needs to better understand the economics of climate change, Stanford researchers say »

April 14, 2016

Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues.

By Laura Seaman, Stanford News Service

The Amazon rainforest might be home to more animals than previously thought, Stanford scientists show »

April 14, 2016

By tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters, researchers found that conventional surveying techniques underestimate animal populations and miss species in the remote Amazon....

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Future Environmental Leaders Go 'Inside the Beltway' for Spring Break »

April 12, 2016

Fellows in Stanford's Rising Environmental Leaders Program get crash course on linking science to policy at DC Bootcamp

By Christine Black

terraced farms in the Andes

Populations of Early Humans Grew Like Invasive Species »

April 6, 2016

When humans colonized South America, their populations grew like a typical invasive species – an initial explosive growth rapidly reached the environment's carrying capacity....

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Sebastien Tilmans, operations director of the William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center, which is set to open in May.

Stanford's Codiga Resource Recovery Center to Open in May »

April 4, 2016

The new Codiga Resource Recovery Center, which opens in May on Bonair Siding, could revolutionize the 100-year-old wastewater treatment paradigm while it helps accelerate the...

By Kate Chesley, Stanford News Service

nearly snowless Tioga Pass

Rise of the 'Ridiculously Resilient Ridge' »

April 1, 2016

Atmospheric patterns resembling those that appeared during the latter half of California's ongoing multi-year drought are becoming more common, according to Stanford scientists.

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff members sample a monitoring well for contaminants from hydraulic fracturing in Pavillion, Wyoming.

Fracking's Impact to Drinking Water Sources »

March 29, 2016

A case study of a small Wyoming town reveals that practices common in the fracking industry may have widespread impacts on drinking water resources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Recently cleared forest and fire in the background, Alto Paraguay, Paraguay

Inconsistent Regulations Let Deforestation Shift Across Regions »

March 28, 2016

Addressing deforestation requires greater harmonization of regulations across geographies and support for sustainable intensification in agriculture, according to research by Stanford...

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Protecting Coral Reefs with Bubbles »

March 24, 2016

Bubbles – yes, bubbles – could help protect coral reefs, oyster farms and other coastal ecosystems from increasing ocean acidification, according to new research by Stanford scientists.

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

Soybean field in Brazil's Cerradao forest.

Computer Model Helps Explain Impacts on Forests and People »

March 14, 2016

Stanford simulation shows that carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and land.

By Bethany Augliere, Stanford News Service

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