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Welcome to DENIN: A Network of Discovery and Solutions


Cover of DENIN's brochureOur planet is surrounded by a thin shell of atmosphere, water, and rocky crust, referred to by scientists as the critical zone. This shell, which is reflected in DENIN's logo, extends roughly from the tops of the trees to bedrock, where groundwater no longer penetrates. All life as we know it resides within this narrow band — where land, water, and sky meet and interact.

Much the way many life-sustaining processes take place at the interfaces of soil and water or water and air, at DENIN we believe that we discover more about our environment when we work on problems at the intersection of different disciplines. And when it comes to solving environmental problems, we embrace the social sciences and humanities as well. We humans are shaping our world as never before, and any actions we take or solutions we employ will affect both the natural world and our social and economic systems.

The Institute focuses on core research areas relevant to some of the grand challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. DENIN research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that helps create sound environmental policies. By working together with our local and international partners, we are bringing socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to life.

We invite you take a look at our recently published brochure to learn more about our activities and accomplishments and to get a sense of where we're headed in the future. You can access an electronic version of the brochure by clicking on the image above.

— Donald L. Sparks, Director


Spring Spotlight

The DENIN Ambassadors are accepting applications for new members!
Students at any level and from any major are invited to apply. Download an application form here and email your completed application to Marisa at or Jennifer at by 5:00 p.m., May 2. They will also be happy to answer any questions you have.

Earth Month logoThere's so much going on during the month of April, designated as both Earth Month and Arctic Month at the University of Delaware! Check out the websites for all the lectures, films, exhibits, competitions, symposiums, expos, celebrations, fairs, and festivals.



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DENIN Co-Sponsorship
We are launching a new process for faculty, students, and partners to request co-sponsorship of events and programs from DENIN. Click this button to access our new request form. We are currently accepting requests for the spring 2016 semester.




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