field research at Bodega Marine Reserve

Responding to rapid environmental change: from genes to ecosystems, science to society

Rapid environmental changes include global warming, habitat loss, and the introduction of species to novel geographic areas. Biologically, species may respond to rapidly changing environments through altered morphology, behavior or physiology. Humans uniquely adapt to environmental change by learning from the past, forecasting the future, and by using public policies to shape behavior.

In the REACH IGERT, we will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the biological and social mechanisms needed to respond to rapid environmental change. Students will...

  • become proficient in the fundamental scientific and social issues involved in responding to rapid environmental change through a program of coursework, research collaborations, and internships
  • organize workshops that bring together citizens, agency representatives, policymakers, NGO's, and industry
  • have opportunities to develop international collaborations through internships and research activities

Thus, all of the activities of the REACH IGERT make direct contributions to solving society's most pressing environmental problems.

Students who were admitted to the REACH IGERT received two years of stipend at $30,000 per year, fee waivers, funds to support travel, and mentoring throughout their graduate career.

For more information about the REACH IGERT, browse these pages, contact Academic Coordinator Carole Hom (clhom at ucdavis dot edu), or download a copy of our proposal.

  • Sharon Strauss (Evolution and Ecology), PI
  • James Griesemer (Philosophy), co-PI
  • Rick Grosberg (Evolution and Ecology), co-PI
  • Kevin Rice (Plant Sciences), co-PI
  • Susan Ustin (Land, Air, and Water Resources)
About IGERT: The National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program seeks to train scientists and engineers to address the global questions of the future. Through the use of innovative curricula, internships, and problem-centered training, these programs give their graduates the edge needed to become leaders in their chosen fields. See www.igert.org for additional information on IGERT programs.

photo credits: top -- San Simeon State Park, ©Louie Yang