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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


Spring Spotlight

Lights, Camera, Earth! Screenings Rescheduled in April
Inclement weather certainly plagued the Lights, Camera, Earth! Film Series this year! Both Chasing Coral and Tidewater had to be postponed, thanks to significant snow storms. But both have been rescheduled: Chasing Coral will be presented in Brown Lab on April 4, and Tidewater will be shown at the Main Street Movies 5 cinema in downtown Newark on April 11. Both shows will begin and 7:00 p.m. We're grateful that all of our presenters are still able to join us. See the event webpage for all the latest details.

Symposium on the Earth's Carbon Cycle in the 21st Century
Photo of Susan TrumboreUniversity of Delaware alumna Susan Trumbore has won the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science! We are joining the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and its Department of Geological Sciences in hosting a symposium in her honor on April 18. Five speakers, including Dr. Trumbore, will address issues related to the carbon cycle and its relationship to climate, ecosystems, and energy, and there will be lunch and a poster session. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. (check-in begins at 8:00) to 2:00 p.m. in the Trabant University Center multipurpose room. For complete information or to register to attend or present a poster, see the event website.



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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