University of California, Riverside

The EDGE Institute


Welcome to UCR's EDGE (Environmental Dynamics and GeoEcology) Institute

Global climate and environmental change, and the resulting degradation of ecosystems, pose some of the most vexing issues facing society today. While there is consensus among scientists that such change is happening, the coordinated interdisciplinary approach that would point toward solutions remains controversial in some circles. UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) will be working towards building a team charged with studying some of these concerns through the Environmental Dynamics and GeoEcology (EDGE) Institute.

The EDGE Institute aims to examine plant, animal, and microbial life in our changing environment, focusing on, for example, carbon cycling from molecules to organisms, nutrients, and water at various temporal and spatial scales. The institute is unique in that it will bring together scientists from the biological, chemical, earth, and environmental sciences to examine specific questions and enable scientific discovery. Other ecological centers tend to reflect only the view of life sciences and do not go back in time by including analyses of the geological record. Never has our Institute’s mission for the study of human impacts on the Earth system and our role in educating the public and our leaders been more important.  

Directing the institute, Professor Marilyn L. Fogel will be the holder of the Wilbur W. Mayhew Chair, recently endowed by anonymous donors who are passionate about the ecology of the southwest and concerned about human impacts on global change. Their gift honors Dr. Mayhew, a pioneering ecologist, UCR faculty member, and co-founder of the UC Natural Reserves System.

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