Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment View this newsletter in your browser. June 2015
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
"Connecting the Dots 2016" 
Knowledge to Action symposium and Earth Day celebration featuring keynote speaker Marcia McNutt, editor-in-chief of Science.
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"Young Environmental Scholars"
"Connecting the Dots 2016: Knowledge to Action" 
Speakers include Woods Senior Fellow Elizabeth Hadly (Biology).
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World's Freshwater Increasingly Vulnerable 

Global risk assessments may be overlooking a crucial issue. Many nations and regions already facing uncertain political futures must contend with a growing threat to stabilization – freshwater vulnerability – according to a study co-authored by researchers in Woods’ Global Freshwater Initiative (GFI). Among its striking findings: institutional issues – usually corruption – are the most common factors behind water supply vulnerability in the low-income nations analyzed. Through the work of GFI and other innovative, cross-disciplinary efforts, Woods researchers aim to understand the commonalities – and, thus, solutions – that environmental challenges present around the globe.


Jeffrey R. Koseff
Perry L. McCarty Director


Barton H. Thompson, Jr.
Perry L. McCarty Director


Program Updates

The Plight of Bluefin Tunas

A symposium spearheaded by Woods Senior Fellow Barbara Block (Biology) assembles cross-sector experts to achieve sustainability in fishing of one of the ocean's most biologically, economically and culturally significant apex predators.

Photo credit: Tom Puchner/Creative Commons

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International Recognition for Eco-Tourism Initiative

A sustainable tourism route created by Woods' Osa and Golfito Initiatve and its partners named "best active tourism product" at the International Tourism Trade Fair.

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Stanford's Rising Environmental Leaders Selected

A Woods leadership program featuring Washington, D.C., "boot camp" helps graduate students and postdoctoral scholars maximize impact of their research.

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Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The Young Environmental Scholars conference provides opportunity for graduate students in environmental science, policy and behavior research to network and learn from peers across campus.

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Research Highlights

Stanford Researchers Develop Freshwater Financing Framework

Using lessons from the energy sector, Water in the West researchers outline strategies to bring the nation's water infrastructure into the 21st century.

Photo credit: Mishkabear / Flickr

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California's Ecosystems: The Definitive Guide

Numerous Stanford researchers contribute to major overview of California natural resources co-edited by Senior Fellow, Emeritus Hal Mooney (Biology), and intended to serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, resource managers, students and interested readers.

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Solving an Ocean Mystery

Scientists, including Woods-affiliated Associate Professor of Earth System Science Leif Thomas, make discovery that could help explain oceans circulation and improve future climate forecasts.

Photo credit: Pavan Vutukur

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People Spotlights

Woods Co-Director Honored by Stanford Alumni

Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Jeff Koseff (Civil and Environmental Engineering) given Richard W. Lyman Award for "extraordinary service" to alumni community.

Photo credit: L.A. Cicero

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"Academy Award of the Sea"

For her pioneering use of satellite tagging and tracking to study migratory fish, Senior Fellow Barbara Block (Biology) is named a winner of the 2016 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, the world's preeminent honors for ocean conservation.

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Woods Researchers on Water Future

Senior Research Associate Newsha Ajami and Senior Fellows Buzz Thompson (Law) and Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science) testify on water reuse, climate change effects and water innovation at hearings of California's Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources.

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Stanford Research on Grid Reliability Solution Earns National Award

Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) is lead author of a renewable energy study that will receive the 2015 Cozzarelli Prize for outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences.

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In the News
Selected media coverage of the Stanford Woods Institute and its
fellows, affiliated scholars and supported research

Storm Water, Long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California's Salvation 

New York Times, Feb. 19
Senior Fellow Richard Luthy (Civil and Environmental Engineering) explains why storm water capture is an opportunity to increase supply levels in urban environments.

Hunting for the Neuroscience of Heat and Violence 

Grist, Feb. 17
Center Fellow Marshall Burke (Earth System Science) discusses climate and conflict in a new Grist series, "Climate on the Mind."

Will California Gas Leak Mark A Turning Point In Energy Debate?

NPR, Feb. 10
Senior Fellow Robert Jackson (Earth System Science) on the environmental impact of the Aliso Canyon gas leak.

Zika Fears Spur Rash of Calls to Clinics About Travel Safety

San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 6
Senior Fellow Michele Barry (Medicine) and Woods-affiliated Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) Desiree LaBeaud discuss the risks of Zika transmission to pregnant women.

Calif. Lawmakers Urged to Tackle Ocean Acidity

Courthouse News Service, Jan. 26
Quotes Senior Fellow Alexandria Boehm (Civil and Environmental Engineering) explaining to California state senators risks of ocean acidification.

Once Famous for Beer, Milwaukee Now Bets on Water

Marketplace, Jan. 26
Leon Szeptycki, Woods professor of the practice and executive director of the Water in the West program, discusses why the cheap price of water hinders innovation.

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