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Photo of reflections in a puddle with floating leaves; photo by Marianna Bucina RocaOur 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.

— Donald L. Sparks, Director


Photo of Pam MatsonDENIN Distinguished Scientist Lecture: Pamela Matson

"Science for a Sustainability Transition: Lessons from the Birthplace
of the Green Revolution."

Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. lecture; 5:00 p.m. reception
Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public.

Pamela Matson, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, will be the inaugural speaker in DENIN's new Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series designed to highlight leading academic thinkers in the environmental sciences and engineering.

To help meet the needs of a still-growing and more-consuming human population while at the same time protecting the planetary life support systems, scientists are increasingly engaging in use-inspired fundamental research that both improves understanding and supports decision making. This talk will present the results of biophysical and social science research in an intensive wheat-growing region of Mexico to illustrate how new knowledge of the coupled human-environmental system, effectively linked to decision making, can aid in a transition to sustainability. 

See the event webpage for more information about the event and Pam Matson.


Fall Spotlight

Pitch:90 competition logoCan you explain why your research matters in just 90 seconds? Introducing Pitch:90 — a fast-paced elevator speech contest planned for students by students, with cash prizes for the top contestants and a fun time for all. Check out all the details on the event page, and join us on November 12 — either as a contestant or a member of the audience!

Mark your calendars for the DENIN Environmental Frontier Seminar Series this fall!
This series of four seminars will be presented by DENIN affiliates who received grants in the first round of DENIN's Environmental Frontier Grants Program. Check the event page for times and topics.

Check out our new Calendar page for a quick overview of upcoming DENIN events and deadlines!


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