Explore the food system by becoming a part of it. Learn the science and practice of sustainable agriculture on our 10-acre campus-community farm in the Rattlesnake Valley. EVST 396/590, 2-6 credits available each semester.
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Mark Sundeen will be joining the Environmental Studies Program this semester to lead UM’s Environmental Writing Program. Sundeen was born in Harbor City, California, in 1970 and grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. He graduated from Stanford University in 1992...
Zoey was born in Nederland, Colorado, and grew up in Bellingham, Washington. Every year she spends several months in Hawaii and in the San Juan Islands where she works on whale-watching boats. Now she is living in Missoula to work on her Environmental Studies (EVST) master’s degree at the...
UM Environmental Studies alumni, William Homestead, celebrates his recently published book: An Ecology of Communication: Response and Responsibility in an Age of Ecocrisis. The book is a result of three decades of reflection and evolved from his master’s thesis. Geared towards students and...
Rosie Ferguson, environmental studies minor, has recently been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The prestigious award helps students fund study or internships abroad. Ferguson is a junior from Helena, MT and will be using her award to attend the Arctic University of...
EVST celebrates 50 years with a virtual alumni panel featuring Mary Anne Hitt (2002), Sierra Club; Souta Calling Last (2007) Indigenous Vision; Betsy Gaines Quamman (1996) Author, American Zion; and David Strohmaier (1999) Missoula County Commissioner. Listen to the recording...
Missoula City Council President & Conservation Land Manager
Bryan von Lossberg
By Bryony Schwan
Bryan, who grew up in La Canada in the San Gabriel mountains near Pasadena, California, currently lives in Missoula with his wife Genevieve Jessop Marsh, an EVST alum, and their daughter Austen. Bryan...
People & Place: Leaving a place better than we found it for future generations.
Tracy lives in Missoula. She moved here to do her masters at EVST from just outside Washington, DC in Maryland where she grew up.
Associate Vice President for Public Lands for the National...
Making Environmental Education More Accessible for Communities of Color
By Bryony Schwan
Erynn, currently a graduate student in EVST focusing on environmental education, grew up in Los Angeles, California. Erynn is focusing her work in EVST on making environmental education more...
Working to increase access to healthy, local food.
Anne grew up in Charleston, West Virginia and currently lives in Missoula.
Anne is the Local Food Promotion Coordinator for Lake County Community Development Corporation in Ronan. Anne works to increase access to healthy,...
Protecting & Restoring Ecosystems at the Landscape Scale
Anna grew up in Portland, Oregon. She moved from Missoula to Bozeman a month ago to take a job at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation.
Conservation Policy Analyst for the Center for Large Landscape Conservation.
Passionate About Teaching at the Intersection of Issues like Climate Change & Racial Justice
Peter grew up in Wisconsin and Michigan but now lives in Missoula.
Climate Change Studies Program Coordinator, Davidson Honors College, University of Montana.
“I came to EVST...
5,000 Miles Hiked & a New Book
Kitty grew up on Bainbridge Island just west of Seattle but has lived in Missoula for almost ten years.
Kitty is a field instructor for the Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI) where she teaches the Colorado Plateau: Desert Canyons and Cultures in...
Making the Greater Yellowstone Coalition Even Greater!
Caroline grew up in West Los Angeles. Her parents emigrated there from England. She came to Montana on a UC Santa Cruz (where she did her undergrad degree) field quarter to study bighorn sheep in 1978. That's when she fell in love with...
Environmental Studies is always on the cutting edge of the intersection of community and academics. This past year the University of Montana encouraged departments to add new ways to credential students and community members. I developed the Indigenous Knowledge & Environmental...
Shaping food policy
Erika grew up in Santa Barbara California but has now been living in Missoula for the last 3 1/2 years.
Local food systems and government policy.
Erika really discovered her passion at EVST—food! “Everyone has to eat food,” she says, “but food is also...
Connecting youth to research & conservation
After growing up in Thousand Oaks, California Scott moved to Montana to join the ski patrol in Big Sky.
Until a month ago Scott was the Executive Director of Ecology Project International, an organization he co-founded with his wife...
PEAS Farm Lecturer
The Environmental Studies Program is excited to announce that Caroline Stephens has joined our faculty as the PEAS Farm Lecturer. She just finished up her first full season on the farm, successfully leading a great crew of learners. Caroline is a farmer, educator, and...
Turning Backyards into Food Gardens!
Having grown up in Butte, Montana to a “very scientific family,” Maggie now lives in Missoula in the UM FLAT which she loves. The Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology, is an intentional, living-learning community dedicated to everyday...
Making Real Change on the Ground!
Jim was born in Pasadena and grew up nearby in Sierra Madre. He did a double major undergraduate degree (a BS and BA in earth science and environmental studies) at UC Santa Cruz. After wandering and working in exotic places like Antarctica, Alaska and New...
Scaling Nature Inspired Innovation
Megan grew up in the small town of Chilton in eastern Wisconsin and now lives with her husband and son in Missoula.
Director of Design Challenges at the Biomimicry Institute
“I’m passionate about so many things,” says Megan. “When I...
Congratulations to Professor Neva Hassanein for receiving the Excellence in Public Service Award from the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) this summer. The award honors “AFHVS members who have made academic or non-academic contributions that have had significant public service...
2019 Commencement Address by MS Graduate Sophia Cinnamon
I first want to express my infinite gratitude to everyone in this room for showing up to support and celebrate the incredible and diverse work of this amazing cohort of graduate and undergraduate students. We are artists, activists,...
EVST alumna Dr. M Jackson is serving as the Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer in EVST this semester. Dr. Jackson, who goes by “M,” is a geographer, glaciologist, TED Fellow, and National Geographic Society Explorer.
When I asked her why she came back to teach at EVST this semester she...
Anna Wearn, Taylor Simpson, Hannah Leonard, and Daniel Brister have been named The University of Montana’s 2019-20 Wyss Scholars for Conservation in the American West.
The Wyss Scholars Program provides financial support to UM students who are committed to careers in Western land conservation...
Attends United Nations COP 24 Climate Change Conference in Poland
EVST Professor Dan Spencer and recently retired Philosophy Instructor Pat Burke recently attended the United Nations COP 24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland December 2-9, 2018. As part of a sabbatical leave, Spencer...
EVST Student and FLAT mate
Aubrey grew up in the Central Valley of California, the heart of large, corporate agriculture—but only 45 minutes away from Yosemite. She is currently living at the UM FLAT in Missoula, Montana.
Sustainable Food and Farming
Remembering EVST alum Tom Platt
In the fall of 2018, the EVST program lost an amazing alumnus, Tom Platt. For those of you who may have missed this sad news, below is excerpt from his obituary. Tom’s memorial resembled an EVST reunion with alumni gathering from far and near.
Thomas Morton Platt...
Telling Stories that Change the World
Brook grew up both on the coasts of New England and California. While both places feel like home to her, she doesn't have any plans to leave Montana anytime soon. "I love it here," she says, "I plan to move to Bozeman when I graduate."
Concept Entrepreneur & Green Chemist
Joel was born in the Chicago area, went to college in Maine, spent three years in Spain before going to EVST and has been in the Boston area since 1994.
Professor of Environmental Health at UMass Lowell, Project Director of the Chemicals...
(Photo by Chad Harder)
As the fall of 2018 approaches, it brings with it the end of an era. EVST lecturer and PEAS Farm Director, Josh Slotnick, will retire from teaching to take up an elected seat as one of three Missoula County Commissioners in January. Josh and others started Garden City...
When Phil asked me to give this speech I almost said no because I hate public speaking that much. There aren’t many things that will persuade my anxiety that it’s a good decision. But the support that I have had through the Environmental Studies department is definitely one of those things. How...
Hi everyone, and welcome on this beautiful day to this beautiful basement. I want to begin by saying congratulations to all of the 2018 environmental studies graduates. Undergrads and grad students alike, the senioritis-laden limp to the finish line is no small feat, but here we are. So on...
Land Use Planner
Born in Kotzebue, Alaska, Garrett spent his childhood in Tucson, Arizona, went to high school and college in Iowa, then moved back west. "Tucson will always be home to me, but my wider 'home range' is the four corners area, "says Garrett.
Currently a Land Use...
Organized Leader and Fierce Negotiator
A native Montanan, Jamie was born in Helena and her grandparents homesteaded in Great Falls. After living in Newbury Park, California for a while Jamie is now living in Missoula, Montana.
Director of Programs and Policy, Women’s Voices for...
Quinn Gordon came all the way from Missoula to join us in the EVST undergrad program four years ago, but he's used the program as a jumping off point for far distant locales. In 2015 Quinn spent a month working on an elephant conservation center in Surin, Thailand, where he worked with Thais and...
Inspiring and educating people about sustainable agriculture
Shelburne, Vermont via Canterbury, New Hampshire
Market Gardner, Shelburne Farms
Josh's passion is feeding his family, friends, and community, healthy and delicious organic produce. He also loves to inspire...
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy New Year from Vietnam! Fifteen UM students recently joined me for four weeks in Vietnam to examine current and anticipated effects of climate change on the people, lands and waterways of the Mekong Delta. The travel seminar is set up to explore both the socio-cultural...
Convservation Biologist and Published Author, Melissa Petersen
Melissa is passionate about the restoration and conservation of natural areas and showing people the complex beauty of those places through writing. With a two-year-old son she also enjoys...
Associate at the Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy at the University of Montana and Coordinator of the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent.
Peter earned a Brainerd Fellowship to work with Professor Len Broberg on the...
EVST Alumna Kiki Hubbard Director of Advocacy & Communications at the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA)
Missoula, by way of Wisconsin and Washington D.C.
Director of Advocacy & Communications at the Organic Seed Alliance
Protecting family farms and community food systems from...
Her work on “Global Governance of Climate (Geo)Engineering" addresses the political challenges surrounding governance of emerging technologies designed to address climate change.
Earn 6 credits this summer learning and working on the PEAS farm at the University of Montana in Missoula. Students currently enrolled at other colleges are encouraged to apply for this summer opportunity. Students get their hands dirty in every facet of our 10-acre vegetable farm, sowing...
Are you applying to the Environmental Studies graduate program and interested in studying questions that are at the nexus of food, energy, and/or water?
The University of Montana recently received a major grant from the National Science Foundation to create the BRIDGES program, a special...
In the UC
EVST alum Heather MacSlarrow (Society for Wilderness Stewardship Executive Director)
The 2016 National Wilderness Workshop, free to all University of Montana students and faculty, includes sessions relevant to conservation advocacy including:
case studies that explore...
EVST undergrad Dominque Nault has been selected to receive the Sonny Kless Clean Energy and Climate Change Scholarship for 2019 based on her dedication, passion, experience, initiative and leadership. Dominque is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Reservation, where she...
Read Campus Compact’s post about Robin Saha’s award
Read the Missoula Independent’s article about Robin Saha
Campus Compact is pleased to announce that Robin Saha, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Thomas...
Free Public Address on “The Good Food Revolution”
Thursday, September 22, 2016
North Underground Lecture Hall, University of Montana
Malik Yakini will discuss the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) as an example of a grassroots effort to build community...
One of the oldest campus-community farms in the U.S., the PEAS Farm will soon wrap up its 20th season. Through the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society, undergraduate and graduate students combine traditional academics with hands-on work at an urban, sustainable farm. That’s two decades...
The latest group of EVST Bachelors of Arts Graduates in front of Rankin Hall after EVST Commencement Ceremonies, May 22, 2016. Best of luck in everything and we will miss you!