News & Events

ESI acts as a focal point for members of the UT-Austin community with an interest in environmental science, connecting researchers, educators, and members of the public. We deliver customized e-Newsletters and announcements covering exciting events, initiatives and progress towards that address environmental issues through research, education, and outreach. ESI regularly presents educational events for the public, including its nationally-recognized Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series, as well as symposia and conferences for UT faculty to connect about their research efforts on issues such as climate change and campus sustainability.

New ESI Research Paper: Cave “Breathing” Affects Mineral Growth and Climate Clues

October 1, 2015

A new global model [by ESI’s Dr. Eric James and others] suggests how and where air flow in caves affects the growth of cave mineral deposits that scientists use to reconstruct ancient climates.   See the announcement here: https://eos.org/research-spotlights/cave-breathing-affects-mineral-growth-and-climate-clues And the…

New faculty positions open at UT-Austin in urban ecology and water resources engineering

September 30, 2015

The School of Architecture, along with the Environmental Science Institute, are looking to recruit an assistant professor in the School of Architecture specializing in urban ecology. The ideal candidate will have interdisciplinary research and teaching interests that contribute to the…


Kappe Lecturer 2015

September 22, 2015

ESI Director Jay Banner was selected as the 2015 Kappe Lecturer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.  This prestigious lectureship was endowed in 1989 to “share the knowledge of today’s practitioners with tomorrow’s environmental engineers and scientists”…


ESI Weekly Sept. 21-25, 2015

September 21, 2015

New ESI website launched!

September 15, 2015

You have entered the new ESI web site — we re-designed our web site to not only be more interesting, but to include new features and content to keep you up to date with the latest environmental news! We hope that…


Earth Day Texas Sponsors 97th Hot Science – Cool Talks event

September 1, 2015

A big thank you to Earth Day Texas for being a Hot Science – Cool Talks event sponsor! The title of the most recent talk was “If It’s Unsustainable, Why Does It Feel So Good?”, a panel discussion on human behavior…

Welcome to ESI’s New EVS Coordinator, Sarah McKay!

September 1, 2015

Though a native Texan, Sarah chose to go to college and grad school out of state at the University of Missouri (Mizzou-RAH!). She finished her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2010, and moved to Austin to start academic advising shortly after. Since…