December 2020 Graduates

Congrats to all of our December 2020 graduates!  What a time to finish your college career, best of luck in all you do in the future!

Recognizing Pittsburghers of Color: Conservation and Environmental Justice

An interview with our own Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown

Congratulations to our Class of 2020! »

Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations, you made it!  Of course, at this point in time, you may not be sure what “it” is, but you should be as proud of yourselves as we are! Your education at Pitt was much more than just the Geology and Environmental Science/Studies classes you had, your time here allowed you to grow in ways that you’ll be discovering for years to come.  While you are entering the next stage of your lives in a cloud of uncertainty, you have the skills and adaptability to find ways to make the world a better place, while securing your own future in the process.

We will miss being able to congratulate you in person this spring on this significant achievement – all of us know how much is lost in “virtual” experiences relative to real life. We hope that you can join us the next time we can host a life graduation event, whether it is at the end of the Fall Semester or perhaps joining the class of 2021 in a year.

In the meantime, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and hope that as you make your way in the world you find a way to do well by doing good!

Congratulations again!

Be sure to check out the video in this story!

Josef Werne

Chair, Geology & Environmental Science

Emeritus Faculty Member Dr. William Cassidy

Unfortunately we have lost our Emeritus Faculty member, Dr. William Cassidy this past Sunday.

Dr. Andrews-Brown is 2020 Pitt Sustainability Awards in the Faculty Category

Dr. Andrews-Brown's personal leadership and commitment to sustainability at Pitt is both admired and appreciated. 

Pitt research on atmospheric deposition translated into local blog

Through the work of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, research results like Becky’s are making it into the hands of those empowered by science to advocate for sound decision-making

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Memphis Hill!

CUAHSI is the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The Pathfinder Fellowship program provides travel funds to graduate students in hydrology and related sciences to make an extended trip to enhance their research by adding a field site to conduct comparative research, collaborating with a research group, or working with researchers on adding an interdisciplinary dimension to a project.

Memphis will use the Pathfinder travel grant to core a lake in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer.

5th Annual Alumni Gathering at AGU!

Our 5th Annual Alumni Gathering at AGU was a success!  Please take a moment to enjoy some photos from the event this year that took place at Rumors in San Francisco.  Please share your photos by sending them to

2019 Junior Distinguished Alumni Awardee - Samir Lakhani

We were honored to present our 1st Annual Junior Distinguished Alumni award to Mr. Samir Lakhani!  After starting a project in Ward Allebach’s Sustainability class (GEOL 1333), Samir volunteered in a rural Cambodian village when he witnessed firsthand the spread of disease due to poor personal hygiene through his involvement in aquaculture and nutrition projects. After this experience, Samir took his class project and founded Eco-Soap Bank in 2014. Eco-Soap is a humanitarian nonprofit that works to save, sanitize and supply recycled hotel soap while providing hygiene education to people in nations of developing economies. Samir has also developed solar lighting solution projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Nepal.   Mr. Lakahni received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Pitt in 2015.  Congratulations to Mr. Samir Lakhani!

The Second Annual TRUSS (Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium) 2019

Will include discussions of urban soils and their connection to public health, urban agriculture, storm water management, trees and parks, and climate change. We will also address community and residential concerns. Presenters include nationally recognized experts in addition to the research and community-based efforts of regional academics, students and professionals. We are also interested in student poster presentations and registration for abstracts will be up soon on the link given below.

Registration for TRUSS is $35 on or before October 31st and $45 after October 31st. Registration includes morning coffee and light breakfast items, as well as a lunch buffet with vegetarian and gluten-free op­tions. If you have additional dietary requests, please contact us.

Our Environmental Studies Program (through the Heinz) and the School of Arts and Sciences are sponsors for the 2019 TRUSS symposium

The Three River Urban Soil Symposium (TRUSS) is a one-day symposium being held on Nov. 21, 2019. TRUSS is a cross-disciplinary workshop designed to bring community members, practitioners and academics together on topics of urban ag, forestry, stormwater, climate etc. By sharing lessons learned, best practices and emerging research the goal is to start closing the gap between academia and grassroots efforts taking place in communities. This is an opportunity for students to get exposure and build their network. The content goal for the students is to have them bridge what they’re learning in the classroom and what’s happening in real life in real time.

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Rebecca Forgrave!

Be sure to congratulate the beautiful bride, Becky Fograve, on her recent marriage!