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Welcome to DENIN: A Network of Discovery and Solutions


Cover of DENIN's brochureOur planet is surrounded by a thin shell of atmosphere, water, and rocky crust, referred to by scientists as the critical zone. This shell, which is reflected in DENIN's logo, extends roughly from the tops of the trees to bedrock, where groundwater no longer penetrates. All life as we know it resides within this narrow band — where land, water, and sky meet and interact.

Much the way many life-sustaining processes take place at the interfaces of soil and water or water and air, at DENIN we believe that we discover more about our environment when we work on problems at the intersection of different disciplines. And when it comes to solving environmental problems, we embrace the social sciences and humanities as well. We humans are shaping our world as never before, and any actions we take or solutions we employ will affect both the natural world and our social and economic systems.

The Institute focuses on core research areas relevant to some of the grand challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. DENIN research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that helps create sound environmental policies. By working together with our local and international partners, we are bringing socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to life.

We invite you take a look at our recently published brochure to learn more about our activities and accomplishments and to get a sense of where we're headed in the future. You can access an electronic version of the brochure by clicking on the image above.

— Donald L. Sparks, Director


Fall Spotlight

Ambassadors with YouDee mascot at Green ExpoApply to Become a DENIN Ambassador!
We are seeking UD undergraduates to serve as DENIN Ambassadors beginning in the 2017 fall semester. Check out the DENIN Ambassadors' webpage and fill out our online application form here. Applications are due on Friday, September 22, by 5:00 p.m. Our first activity this semester will be representing DENIN at Coast Day on October 1.

DENIN Scholars Applications Due Oct. 6
The DENIN Scholars undergraduate research internship program is also now accepting applications. Bring your questions about the program to an interest meeting on Monday, September 18, at 3:30 p.m. in 467 Harker ISE Lab, or see the Scholars' webapge for more information.



DENIN Co-Sponsorship
Faculty, students, and partners who would like to request co-sponsorship of events and programs from DENIN may fill out our online request form. We are currently accepting requests for the spring 2017 semester.


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