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

ESE News

ESE: Getting the Job Done

An IoES Graduate Program Puts Minorities & Women on the Front Lines of Environmental Problem Solving. Read more »

IoES Researchers Fight a Salamander Apocalypse

North America’s salamanders could soon face an apocalypse — from a deadly pathogen making its way here through the pet trade.

But who’s leading the charge to protect them through quick action? ESE doctoral student Tiffany Yap, who credits the program with helping her interdisciplinary approach to the problem — and the frame for her new article in Science that’s getting lots of press. Read more »

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2015-2016 Fellowship Awardees

Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship

Jeniffer Aleman-Zometa

Dr. Ursula Mandel Fellowship

Michelle Angela Thompson

Malcolm R. Stacey Fellowship

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Jordan Rosencranz

National Water Research Institute

Khadeeja Abdullah

UCLA Competitive Edge

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