Our 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
Registration is open for the first DENIN Graduate Student Research Symposium!
Planned for students by students, the symposium will include both oral presentations and a poster session with a reception. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters and presentations. See the event page for complete information or go directly to the registration form here. The deadline for presenter registration is August 31.
We are in the process of selecting our new class of DENIN Environmental Fellows. These outstanding doctoral students will receive generous two-year fellowships to support their research that bridges science and society. This program is funded in part through private philanthropy. If you are interested in learning more about the program, as either a potential applicant or a potential supporter, view this video and visit our webpage about the program.