Our 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
Second DENIN Graduate Student Research Symposium is March 16!
UD graduate students (and advanced undergraduates pursing a senior thesis) who are conducting environmental research are encouraged to present a talk or a poster at this event, which takes place on Thursday, March 16, from 5-7 p.m. in the Harker ISE Laboratory. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top posters. Register by February 17 using this online form.
Lights, Camera, EARTH! Film Series Runs Weekly, February 22 through March 22
Wednesdays @ 7:30 p.m., Trabant Theatre
Our annual film series will be held over five consecutive weeks this year and highlights films about communities that are fighting back against environmental degradation in their backyards. From traditional African herders who are learning to value the wildlife that they have historically viewed as destructive, to the debate among residents of a small town on the Hudson River over whether to allow a cement plant to be built nearby, this year's film series provides insights into the power, politics, economics, and interpersonal interactions involved in disputes over how we use or protect our natural resources.
Faculty, students, and partners who would like to request co-sponsorship of events and programs from DENIN may fill out our online request form. We are currently accepting requests for the spring 2017 semester.