Default Banner: Butterfly, Flowers, and BirdEric ChapmanFrancesca DeMartiniLisa Dirks and Owen McKennaYevgeniy MarusenkoHeather KroppDefault Banner: Ocean Trip

ELS graduate student Eric Chapman takes peatland soil cores from his field site in central Alaska.

ELS graduate student Francesca DeMartini attaching incubation bottles to an in situ array onboard research vessel Atlantic Explorer in the Sargasso Sea.

ELS graduate student Lisa Dirks (left) at the ARPA-E Energy Summit in Washington, DC, displaying different cyanobacteria cultures used in biogeny research.

ELS graduate student Owen McKenna (right) sampling soil in the Playas at the Jornada Basin LTER in the Chihuahuan Desert.

ELS graduate student Yevgeniy Marusenko sampling soils for nitrogen cycle assays.

ELS graduate student Heather Kropp preparing an irrigation experiment to quantify plant responses to monsoon precipitation.

Click here to invest in ASU

ELS is a unique PhD degree program that produces students with a broad appreciation of environment-organism questions in the context of natural and anthropogenic environmental change."

Environmental Life Sciences (ELS) is a novel graduate degree program that provides PhD-level training in several complementary fields focused on interactions between organisms (plant, animal or microbe) and their environment. ELS provides trans-disciplinary training that includes aspects of biology, geosciences, chemistry/biochemistry, environmental engineering, sustainability, social sciences, and mathematics.

As interdisciplinary graduate program, it is housed in ASU's Graduate Education but is administered by the School of Life Sciences. Additional participating units are the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (see link to Schools and Centers).

Graduate students are trained in core classes, seminars, reading groups and research clusters. A focus is the collaborative and integrative study of the effects of environmental variation on fluxes of materials and energy across scales ranging from the organism to the globe. Our overall goal is to provide a unique PhD degree program that produces students with a broad appreciation of environment-organism questions in the context of natural and anthropogenic environmental change.