Meg Caldwell: Climate Change and the Bay - Monterey Prepares for the Future
April 2, 2014
Senior Lecturer Meg Caldwell discusses the impacts of erosion along the coastline due to climate change. She shares some of research put into practice by the Center for Ocean Solutions in partnership with local communities. Read more.
Senior Fellow Chris Field, co-chair of Working Group II for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, discusses how humans are changing the climate and how climate change is impacting us. Read more.
Deborah Gordon: What ants teach us about the brain, cancer and the Internet
March 1, 2014
Woods-affiliated Professor of Biology Deborah Gordon explains her obsession with ants. She argues that ant life provides a useful model for learning about many other topics, including disease, technology and the human brain.
At a panel organized by Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, experts discussed causes, policy implications and possible responses to California's historic drought.
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Mark Jacobson: Offshore Wind Farms as Hurricane Tamers
February 26, 2014
Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson discusses research showing how offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages. Read more.
Rob Dunbar: What the Antarctic Can Tell Us About a Warming Earth
February 21, 2014
Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Rob Dunbar, the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth Science, discusses his Antarctica research during a talk at Stanford sponsored by the Stanford School of Earth Sciences and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Paul Ehrlich Wins 2014 BBVA Foundation Award in Ecology
February 10, 2014
Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow, discusses his work during interview for 2014 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology. The 400,000-euro award recognizes Ehrlich's contributions to "key conceptual advances in the science of ecology and conservation biology" and "long-standing influence in other academic disciplines."
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Christopher Field, a Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow, discusses his work during interview for BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change. The 400,000-euro award recognizes Field's "visionary research on the global carbon cycle" and his role in "discovering the importance of ecosystems and their effective management in the battle against climate change." Field is co-chair of a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group that will release a major report in March 2014.
Stanford Awards Tasso Azevedo with Inaugural Bright Award
December 11, 2013
Tasso Azevedo, a forestry manager and socio-environmental entrepreneur dedicated to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Bright Award. The award, issued by Stanford Law School in collaboration with the Stanford Woods Institute, is the only honor of its kind to recognize significant achievement in conservation in different regions of the world, and is the top environmental award at Stanford. Read more.
Advice and observations on science and government service from Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, current William R. Kennan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Remarks to Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars Nov. 20, 2013.
The First Nations' Futures Institute focuses on building capacity in indigenous communities through a two-week program held at Stanford in the early fall. The program consists of various lectures, presentations and dynamic learning experiences focused on social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects.
Numerous studies demonstrate that regular handwashing with soap and water removes environmental contaminants and improves health. However, in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of child death, handwashing with soap is uncommon. In this Environmental Forum held on Oct. 31, 2013, Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Steve Luby explores why this seemingly simple intervention has been so difficult to implement, and reviews research areas that could contribute to broader uptake of this lifesaving practice. (Note: video does not include entire presentation.)
Environmental Forum - Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 10/18/13
October 29, 2013
Joint E-IPER Seminar and Stanford Woods Institute Environmental Forum featuring Janine Benyus, Co-Founder of Biomimicry 3.8. This video starts with a clip produced by EarthSky and Fast Company. More information: http://stanford.io/17WuTqA
Agricultural Ecologist David Lobell, 2013 MacArthur Fellow | MacArthur Foundation
September 24, 2013
Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow David Lobell was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. The Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.