Welcome to the Environmental Dynamics Program
Environmental Dynamics (ENDY) is the study of complex interactions between natural systems and human activity. It requires an interdisciplinary research approach and integration with advanced technologies. The program's focus is human-environmental interactions within recent Earth history. It stresses interdisciplinary analyses of:
- Geophysical, biological
- Sociocultural interactions related to environmental change.
These include research emphases in:
- Natural and social impacts of global climatic change
- Paleoclimatology and dendrochronology
- Geoinformatics and associated geospatial technologies
- Environmental pollution and ecological degradation
- Landscape evolution and land use change
- Impacts of natural hazards
- Watershed sciences (water quality and quantity).
The ENDY program aims to develop strategies for sustainable societies based on scientific research and respect for human cultures. For the complete program description go to the Prospective Students homepage, view current Research, or recent ENDY News.
Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
In light of recent events regarding the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, (among many others), the directors of the Environmental Dynamics (ENDY) graduate program wish to affirm publicly our commitment to the equitable treatment and elimination of all forms of discrimination against students and researchers of color. We support a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where we require mutual respect for all individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Environmental Dynamics is the study of human and environmental interactions. As an interdisciplinary program, ENDY is well suited to address and help solve current challenges pertaining to how environment and changing climate affect all peoples. We acknowledge that ENDY issues are global issues, and that our challenges are best addressed from the variety of perspectives represented by researchers with diverse backgrounds. We are committed to broadening diversity within our program and to give voice to those who have been underrepresented or not at all represented in these discussions. Our graduates demonstrate our commitment to diversity in many domains. Our students and researchers contribute their unique talents to understand and solve problems through science, and they engage in efforts to catalyze positive social change. We pledge to continue to uphold our commitment to the rights of and respect for all individuals; and we welcome and encourage students from all backgrounds to join us.
We call to action students, faculty, and other educators to ensure adequate and effective cultural diversity education along with advocacy of racial and ethnic equity. It is also imperative that we have discussions with and train our students to address perspectives of underserved groups to foster an environment of understanding and inclusion.
In conclusion, we are dedicated to fostering and celebrating diversity, inclusion, and creating an atmosphere where equity allows each of us to have a voice, be seen and be heard.
Peter S. Ungar – ENDY Director and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
George Sabo II – ENDY Associate Director and Director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey
Song Feng – ENDY Associate Director and Associate Professor Geosciences
Jo Ann Kvamme – ENDY Assistant Director and Program Coordinator