Faculty

GCSC Affiliate Faculty Recognition 2019-2020

At the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, the University of Utah recognized several GCSC faculty affiliates for their contributions to research and education. Robin Kundis Craig was named Distinguished Professor of Law in the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Dr. Craig researches the law and policy of “all things water,” including water rights, water pollution, and […]


How do Utah’s Iconic Arches Respond to Environmental Change?

Utah’s iconic red rock arches have been formed over millennia by geologic movement, erosion, and gravity. But these formations are not static, and environmental forces continue to affect these natural wonders. Dr. Jeff Moore, Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics, heads the Geohazards Research Group, which seeks to understand how arches respond to changes in their […]


researchers load rafts in preparation to float the canyon river

Exploring Environmental Change in Cataract Canyon

An interdisciplinary cohort of GCSC faculty joined government researchers and community partners over Fall Break for a week-long trip down the Colorado River to explore environmental change in Cataract Canyon.  It was an exceptional immersive week integrating geology, hydrology, ecology, art, philosophy, history, policy, education, recreation, and more in Utah’s spectacular wilderness redrock river landscape. […]


Mendoza & Lin: How Much Can Transit Improve Air Quality?

It makes sense that riding public transit is better for air quality than single riders each driving a personal vehicle. In a new study, GCSC affiliates Daniel Mendoza and John Lin, along with colleague Martin Buchert, quantify those emissions reductions. The research team analyzed rider data along with transit service schedules and routes to estimate […]


A spoonful of humor: Sara Yeo receives grant to study humor in science communication

Does the use of humor make science concepts more palatable to the listener? Sara Yeo, Assistant Professor of Communication, has received an NSF grant to find answers. The research questions are: How do lay audiences respond to messages about scientific issues on social media that use humor? What are scientists’ views toward using humor in […]