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Discover. Research. Solve.


The UC Davis Institute of the Environment's work is based around thematic pillars that unite all of the interdisciplinary work conducted by the Institute's centers. Each of the below research initiatives represent our nature-based approach to our work as the university's steward of Earth's natural resources. Environmental justice is critical to all of work and is centered within the Institute through our Environmental and Climate Justice Hub.

Next Generation Environmental Policy Professionals

Environmental science and environmental policy go hand in hand, working together to enable effective legislation to reflect the most-up-to-date research. Or at least that’s how it could work in an ideal world.

Connecting policy and science often comes with complications, unforeseen challenges, and difficult compromises. And when done right, this work can leave a conservation legacy for generations.