Because you can't make the world better without knowing how it works.
Advancing science-based solutions.
Science for uncertain times.
Sharing our science with the world.
Once viewed as a cheap, harmless deicer, we now know that road salt pollutes the environment. Much of it is retained locally, where it accumulates in lakes, sediments, soil, and, perhaps most troubling, in groundwater.
To protect people from diseases that originate in wildlife and livestock – such as Ebola, Zika, and Lyme – we are unraveling the environmental conditions that amplify disease risk and developing tools to predict and prevent their spread.
We are studying streams, rivers, and lakes across the US and around the world to understand how they are responding to threats like climate change, salinization, algal blooms, and novel contaminants. Our findings guide effective management.
Forests provide essential services, such as clean air and water and carbon storage – but they are under threat. We are studying the effects of invasive pests and pathogens, biomass energy, pollution, and forestry practices to inform sound forest management.
Sustainable cities support the health of residents and the environment. We are working to understand the urban ecosystem and develop nature-based solutions to combat challenges brought about by climate change.
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