ESE Problems Course

During the second year, Environmental Science and Engineering students focus on the Problems Course.

The Problems Course consists of a supervised research project directed towards the solution of a current environmental problem. The intensive research effort in the Problems Course typically occurs over a 12-15 month period, and leads to one or more peer-reviewed journal articles.

Although Problems Courses take many forms, from field studies or laboratory projects to application of models and database analyses, they typically involve technical problems with policy implications. Concurrently with the Problems Course, students participate in a Problems Course Workshop that focuses on developing oral presentation and technical writing skills.

Recent Problems Courses

  • Leavey, S. The Formation Potential of Nitrosodimethylamine, a human Cacingogen, During Drinking Water Treatment of Effluent Dominated Streams.
    Advisor: Irwin Suffet
  • Zimmer-Faust, A. Specificity and Performance of the Immunomagentic Separation/ Adenosine Triphosphate (IMS/ATP) Method for Rapid Assessment of Coastal Water Quality.
    Advisor: Jennifer Jay
  • Asensio, O. Behavioral Responses to Real-Time Individual Energy Usage Information.
    Advisor: Magali Delmas
  • Fong, L. The effects of concrete bank armoring and restoration on ecological structure and function of streams in Southern California.
    Advisor: Richard Ambrose
  • Prabhu, S. The evolution of Tree Nursery Offerings in Los Angeles County over the Past 110 Years.
    Advisor: Stephanie Pincetl
  • Quiros, D. Ultrafine Particle Emissions from Mobile Sources along Roadways.
    Advisor: Yifang Zhu
  • Abdullah, K. Safe handling practices of nanomaterials in the research lab setting.
    Advisor: Hilary Godwin
  • Alvarado, E. Determination of methodologies to identify odor thresholds for menthyl tertiary butyl ether in drinking water.
    Advisor: Irwin Suffet
  • Yap, T. Investigating long-term patterns of rockweed distributions and abundances in the rocky intertidal along the west coast of the USA.
    Advisor: Richard Ambrose
  • Chan, V. Modeling the effects of climate change on the extent and distribution of wetland vegetation in southern California.
    Advisor: Richard Ambrose
  • Hsu, M. Developing a hazardous potential index for hydrophobic organic pollutants in natural and treated waters.
    Advisor: Irwin Suffet
  • Lackey, L. Black and elemental carbon emissions from a diesel generator operating on soybean, canola, and yellow grease biodiesel.
    Advisor: Suzanne Paulson
  • Narin-Birch, N. An Analysis of Corporate Carbon Footprints and Financial Performance.
    Advisor: Arthur Winer
  • Estes, S. Attenuation of fecal indicator bacteria and human-specific Bacteroides in two California coastal wetlands.
    Advisor: Richard Ambrose
  • Sias, G. Effects of urban runoff on rocky intertidal communities in southern California.
    Advisor: Richard Ambrose
  • Bear, T. Establishing Goals for Restoration of Coastal Wetlands in Southern California Based on Historical and Contemporary Habitat Distributions.
    Advisor: Richard Ambrose

For more info contact

Myrna Gordon
ESE Program Administrator
(310) 825-9901

2014-2015 Fellowship Awardees

Charles F. Scott Fellowship
Tiffany Ann Yap

Dissertation Year Fellowship
Shannon Louise Leavey
Setal Sridhar Prabhu
Amity Gayle Zimmer-Faust

Dr. Ursula Mandel Fellowship

Michelle Angela Thompson

Malcolm R. Stacey Fellowship

Kazue Kelly Chinen
Michelle Angela Thompson

National Water Research Institute

Khadeeja Abdullah