Faculty Excellence

UO faculty making an environmental impact on campus, in our community, and in the world.




A researcher working with students in virtual reality

Pimentel's work in virtual reality seeks to make a global problem like climate change into something you can experience on a personal level.

greg dotson

Dotson will work towards situating the Environment Initiative in the community of researchers, policy advocates and policymakers who are focused on climate mitigation in the energy sector.

marsha weisiger

Weisiger will advance several projects focused on environmental history that analyze and interpret the ways humans and nonhuman nature have shaped each other over time.


Faculty in the Field

John Arroyo
Initiative, John Arroyo will bring his experience in inclusive urban design, race and ethnic studies and climate justice to bear on furthering equity-oriented environmental research. ​​​​​​
Stapleton’s research, teaching, and community service working toward climate justice and environment education align with the EI’s mission and exemplify the EI’s Guiding Principles.
Hollie Smith
Focusing on natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Hollie Smith is on a mission to make complex science useful to society through researching the role communication plays in how people react to environmental crises.
Willamette river pedestrian bridge
Water justice, environmental justice and Afro-Indigenous healing traditions are just a few of the areas of study and advocacy for Associate Director of the Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute Alaí Reyes-Santos.
ohaz truck
Led by Doug Toomey, the Oregon Hazards Lab uses science, technology, and community engagement to understand, monitor, and mitigate multi-hazards within the Pacific Northwest.
planting incense cedar seedling
Lucas Silva and his team of researchers are using NSF funding to study relative carbon sequestration of trees and shrubs in partnership with EWEB on its property in Thurston. 
man plants in garden

Funding Opportunities

External resources can be found by using the UO's subscription to the Pivot database. For support with developing transdisciplinary research proposals and connecting with other researchers on campus, please contact the Environment Initiative. For assistance with, or to set up a personalized search in the Pivot database, please contact Research Development Services.

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Awards & Recognitions

Our students, staff, and faculty develop concrete strategies, creative practices, and analytical availabilities to combat our environmental issues. Their research has been awarded on campus and away, and displays the UO’s commitment to approaching environmentalism from many lenses.

National Science Foundation

Twelve current, former, and future Ducks have received 2018 graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

Mellon Foundation

A $4.52 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support a research platform for racial and climate justice. It is the largest humanities award in UO history.

Mountain Award

Mark Carey’s 20 years of research in a region of South America strongly affected by glaciers have elevated him into international mountaineering fame.

For more UO Awards & Accolades, visit Around the O.