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The Green Orientation webinar is for students looking to learn more about environmental degree programs on campus and courses they can take to learn more and work toward solutions to urgent environmental issues.

The Green Orientation 2020 featured talks from some of the University of Arizona's top environmental researchers and instructors, information about environmental courses and degrees, and gave students an opportunity to chat with speakers and each other about the environment, climate change, water sustainability, environmental pollution, conservation and biodiversity and environmental justice.

Watch the Green Orientation 2020

Presenters at the Green Orientation

Read more about the faculty and researchers at the University of Arizona who focus on climate change and its effects, natural resources, wildlife and more.

Kevin Bonine grew up in Tucson, graduating from TUSD’s University High School. He then attended the University of Arizona as a 1990 Flinn Scholar earning undergraduate degrees in both Economics (BA) and in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BS with Honors). Kevin’s graduate degrees, both MS and PhD, are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he focused on evolutionary physiology using lizards as a model system.

His present research on reptiles and amphibians includes Gila monsters and canyon treefrogs, with emphasis on natural history, ecology, population genetics, and conservation. Kevin teaches many well-regarded UArizona courses, including introductory biology, herpetology, conservation biology, and vertebrate physiology. One of his newer courses is a collaboration with the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Biosphere 2, titled Sonoran Desert Discovery, wherein UArizona students teach desert ecology to school children and the public. During the summer pre-session, Kevin teaches a popular three-week field course that explores the ecology and natural history of our region – from atop the Santa Catalina Mountains, through the Sonoran Desert, ending at the Desert Sea in the Northern Gulf of California in Mexico.

In 2012 Kevin was recognized with the UArizona College of Science’s Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award. Kevin is also Director of Outreach Initiatives in the College of Science and serves on the boards of directors of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Friends of Saguaro National Park, and the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora.

Read Kevin Bonine's full bio on Biosphere 2's website!

Dr. Bo Guo is an assistant professor in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. His research focuses on physics and computational modeling of fluid flow in permeable earth materials, with applications to shale gas production, geological carbon storage, and contaminant transport in soil and groundwater. Prior to joining UArizona, Bo was a postdoc in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. Bo holds a BS in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University and an MA and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.

Read more about Bo Guo on the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences website!

Andrea is a professor at the School of Geography, Development and Environment. Her research agenda examines the causes of – and innovative solutions to – some of our world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Broadly speaking, she is interested in how we can better design institutions to promote adaptive, flexible policies to improve human and ecosystem well-being and produce fair and equitable decisions.

Andrea holds a joint appointment at the University of Arizona as an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development and as an Associate Research Professor at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

Presently, she serves as a co-editor for the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, an international journal published by Taylor and Francis providing a forum for the critical analysis of environmental policy and planning. She is also a member of the editorial board for Anthropocene, a journal addressing the nature, scale, and extent of the influence that people have on Earth.

Before joining the School of Geography and Development, Andrea served as the director of academic development with the International Studies Association where she facilitated academic development across ISA’s substantive academic sections, including developing programs to foster junior scholar engagement and program development in international studies. In addition, Andrea has over ten years’ experience building, administering, and teaching in interdisciplinary environmental studies programs during her time as a faculty member at Guilford College and Columbia University.

Read more about Andrea Gerlak on the School of Geography, Development and Environment's website!

Bryan is an associate professor at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. Bryan applies dendrochronology techniques to growth increments formed in the hard parts of marine and freshwater species including fish, bivalves, and corals. These aquatic chronologies are used to establish long-term patterns in productivity and their relationships to climate, quantify long-term impacts of human activities, and hind-cast climate prior to the start of instrumental records. They are also combined across species to describe linkages among marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems or to generate multi-proxy climate histories. Originally trained as a forest ecologist, Bryan also maintains interests in developing histories of forest disturbance and natural hazards including landslides and earthquakes.

Read more about Bryan Black on the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research's website!

Prof. Russell is a professor and Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science at the College of Science’s Department of Geosciences. Her research focuses on the ocean's role in climate. Her earlier work on the westerly winds led to her greatest research accomplishment so far: the creation of a new paradigm in climate science, namely that warmer climates produce stronger westerly winds. This insight solved one of the long-standing climate paradoxes, the mechanism responsible for transferring one-third of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into the ocean and then back out again during our repeated glacial-interglacial cycles.

Her recent work includes: patterns of drought in the continental U.S.; the interactions and feedbacks between orogeny and orography and regional and global climate; and the circulation of the methane atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan. Prof. Russell continues active collaboration with the GFDL Earth System Model and Climate Model Development Teams, and is currently serving as a member of the U.S. CLIVAR Office, Process Studies and Model Improvements Panel.

Read more about Joellen Russell on the Department of Geosciences's website!

Kevin is a paleoclimatologist, dendrochronologist, and earth systems geographer at the School of Geography, Development and Environment specializing in the reconstruction and analysis of climate variability and change over the Common Era and the interaction between past climate and human society.

His research uses an array of techniques to develop and interpret evidence for past, present, and future climate dynamics across a range of temporal and spatial scales, from local to global and interannual to millennial. These include dendroclimatology, climate field reconstruction and spatiotemporal data analysis, stable isotopes, proxy systems modeling, and the integration of paleoclimate data with General Circulation Modeling.

Kevin holds joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change, and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

Read Kevin Anchukaitis's full bio on the School of Geography, Development and Environment's website!

Rachel is an Ecologist and an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary at the University of Arizona. Rachel earned a PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a BS from American University. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Wolfson College at Oxford University and a Staff Scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network before joining the UArizona faculty in 2011.

Rachel leads a research group that studies the ecology of plants and soils in response to fires, land use change, and climate change. Rachel is an Associate Editor for the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology and regularly speaks at local outreach events and international conferences.  Rachel serves on the Leadership Team of the 500 Women Scientists, a not-for-profit organization whose mission aligns with her personal mission to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.

Read more about Rachel Gallery on the School of Natural Resources and the Environment's website!

Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences with a join appointment in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health’s Division of Community, Environment and Policy at the University of Arizona. Additionally, Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta is the PI of the University of Arizona Superfund Research Center’s Research Translation Core.

She is trained across various fields and is a transdisciplinary researcher in the purest sense. She received a BA degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a BA degree in Studio Art (Photography), and a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University. She received her PhD from UArizona in SWES (now ENVS) with a minor in Art and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with a renowned medical sociologist in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. During her postdoctoral work, she gained a deeper understanding of how to collaborate across disciplines and the crucial role the social sciences play in environmental health research and interventions. Her philosophy is that in order to successfully engage communities and students of color, it is essential to address critical environmental health problems identified by the community, and to then work collaboratively through the problem-solving and scientific research process.

Read Monica Ramiez-Andreotta's full bio on the Environmental Sciences website!

Choose your breakout session

As part of the Green Orientation webinar, you will be able to join a breakout session with a moderator and other students interested in the same topic. 

Climate Change

A breakout meeting led by David Frank, Director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

Conservation & Biodiversity

Biosphere 2 rainforest plants

A breakout meeting led by John Koprowski, Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Environmental Justice

Children smiling in a circle

A breakout meeting led by Diana Liverman, Director of the School of Geography, Development & Environment.

Environmental Pollution

A breakout meeting led by Jon Chorover, Head of the Department of Environmental Science.

Water Sustainability

Water Dam

A breakout meeting led by Tom Meixner, Head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.

More Resources

Want to learn more about sustainability on the University of Arizona campus? Visit the Office of Sustainability's website!

Check out the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (SEES) webpage for more information on 100% environmental degree programs.

Interested in more information about majors, minors and specialties that deal in the environment? Find information on degree programs all across campus.

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