About ESI

The Environmental Science Institute was founded by The University of Texas at Austin as a multi-disciplinary institute for basic scientific research in environmental studies. The Institute serves as a focal point on campus for a wide scope of interdisciplinary research and teaching involving the complex interactions of the biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere in the Earth system, as well as the human dimensions of these interactions. ESI coordinates cross-departmental environmental science instruction; facilitates education and outreach in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields; and disseminates advances in the area of environmental science that are important locally and globally.