ESI strives to initiate, facilitate, and coordinate diverse, multidisciplinary research related to various focus areas. Towards that end, ESI hosts eight different working groups, addressing all aspects of the environmental sciences. To varying degrees, these groups collaborate on not only research, but also on public education and the dissemination of group findings to the government and industry, as well as the public at large. Membership is open to both the UT community and to the public at large, helping develop practical approaches to environmental challenges.
Climate Change Working Group studies climate history and the prediction of future climate change, creates global and regional climate models, and explores methods for climate change remediation that are both scientifically sound and economically feasible.
Integrated Watershed Sciences Working Group facilitates and coordinates collaborative multidisciplinary research projects addressing hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, and the various ways in which humans have altered watershed processes.
Microbial Ecology Working Group facilitates collaboration among ESI-affiliates whose research is involved directly or indirectly with the microbial biosphere, the biosphere on which all more complex life forms depend.
Remote Sensing Working Group studies and models earth systems using remote sensing technology and geographic information systems, disseminating their research to make a holistic view of atmospheric, geographic, and hydrologic systems available to the public.
Urbanization Working Group studies the environmental effects of urbanization and finds paths to solutions, connecting state, national, academic, and private interests in multidisciplinary research into issues such as wildlife conservation, sustainable development and resource availability.
Texas-Mexico Borderlands and Latin America Working Group facilitates multidisciplinary environmental research in Latin America and the Texas-Mexico border region, bringing combined expertise to bear on scientific problems of regional importance.
Edwards Aquifer Working Group facilitates, coordinates, and initiates diverse, multidisciplinary research and management efforts related to the Edwards aquifer of central Texas, bringing together diverse academic and agency professionals to further sound scientific research in the Edwards aquifer.
Environmental Policy Working Group brings together academic and professional members to foster and develop interdisciplinary policy research and projects focusing on the environment, providing a forum for transfer of research ideas and communication with policy makers and the scientific community.
Public Health Working Group facilitates information transfer of research ideas between members of academic, national, local, and governmental organizations, with focus on understanding sources of and dissemination mechanisms for contaminants in the environment, climate change impacts on public health, and environmental toxicology.