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Excellence and leadership in conservation, water and watersheds, and healthy ecosystems by bridging environmental science and public policy

ESP is a growing academic and professional force spanning the twin domains of the natural and social sciences. We are focused on understanding and implementing science and public policy to address and solve complex environmental issues that challenge the integrity and sustainability of global systems.

ESP students who are trained in environmental policy, conservation sciences, climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife management or one health, go on to professional careers in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Students also planted and mulched saplings as a part of the ongoing Rappahannock Parking Deck Reforestation Project. Photo by Sarah D'Alexander

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    3005 David King Hall, Fairfax Campus

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David King Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus
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The Catherine and Richard Becker Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Science and Policy

Made possible through a generous endowment by Catherine Z. and Richard J. Becker, two recipients who are pursuing their MS in Environmental Science are selected each academic year. Recipients receive financial support while they learn, teach, and conduct research. All the Becker Fellows to date can be viewed here.

Why Study Environmental Science and Policy at Mason?

#1

First in the country to offer a PhD program that explicitly blends Environmental Science and Public Policy.

100,000+

Over 100,000 middle school students reached since 2009 through the PEREC Field Interpreter environmental stewardship program.

26.1%

Steady year-on-year increase in enrollment in the B.S. in Environmental Science degree program over the last 5 years.

Our strategic approach to academic and research excellence

Every student pursues their own passion and conducts research in that area to contribute to the health of our environment. Undergraduates can choose from 6 concentrations, drawn from our three areas of expertise: water and watersheds, One Health, and conservation.

Ahn Wetland EVPP/BIOL 355

Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC)

We have a multi-investigator research and education center on the tidal Potomac River - the Potomac Science Center. About half of the ESP core faculty is housed here.

Potomac Science Center

Plastic Rivers

Short film about the sources of plastic in our rivers, why we should be concerned, and what we can do to change it.

This film was a project by the Conservation Storytelling Class of Fall 2021. The Conservation Storytelling Class is taught yearly by ESP graduate student Dr. Jennifer Lewis. It was a combined effort of students from George Mason University (USA), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), Lucknow University (India) and Jagnnath University (Bangladesh).

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Jan19

2nd annual Research and Scholarship at Mason Orientation and Refresher

Jan 19, 2022/9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Grant Seeking and Grant Writing 101: Join us on Wednesday, January 19, 2:30-4:00 pm for the first of the Faculty Affairs-Research Development Services spring Interactive Workshop Series. Co-facilitated by experienced Mason faculty and research development staff, this virtual workshop will help faculty learn to identify funding opportunities, explore general differences
Jan19

Grant Seeking and Grant Writing 101

Jan 19, 2022/2:30 - 4:00 PM

Grant Seeking and Grant Writing 101: Join us on Wednesday, January 19, 2:30-4:00 pm for the first of the Faculty Affairs-Research Development Services spring Interactive Workshop Series. Co-facilitated by experienced Mason faculty and research development staff, this virtual workshop will help faculty learn to identify funding opportunities, explore general differences
Jan28

Climate Action Plan Townhall

Jan 28, 2022/12:00 - 1:30 PM

Virtual

George Mason University is accelerating action in response to the climate crisis by developing a new Climate Action Plan. These townhalls are a platform for the Mason Community to hear updates, to engage with the Mason Sustainability Council, and share your thoughts about the future of climate action at Mason