Environmental Studies

  • David Lodge


    David Lodge

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Aquatic Conservation, Lodge is a world-renowned expert on invasive species. » Read More

  • Keshia Koehn


    Keshia Koehn

    Ph.D candidate in Civil Engineering

    Keshia studies bacterial interactions with natural organic matter and mineral nanoparticles. » Read More

  • Patrick Shirey


    Patrick Shirey

    Ph.D candidate in Biological Sciences

    Patrick studies stream and river ecology, restoration ecology, and natural resources policy. » Read More

If you are passionate about environmental issues, you will find disciplinary rigor, innovative multi-disciplinary opportunities, and world-class facilities, €”both natural and technical, ”in graduate programs at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame’s unique research centers offer unparalleled natural resources, cutting-edge analytical technologies, and programs that explore questions of ethics and policy.

Departments and Programs

Issues related to the environment are among the most important and pressing in the world today. Several of Notre Dame’s graduate programs offer a disciplinary home for students who wish to study environmental topics — €”whether that study is grounded in the sciences, engineering, ethics, history, philosophy, public policy, theology, or questions at the intersection of two or more of these subjects. Depending on your background and interests, you may apply to one of the following departments or programs:

Environmental Change Initiative

The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative is tackling the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. The goal of ND-ECI is to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible.

The University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) consists of two enormous areas of pristine land that serve as the natural laboratories of faculty and students for their research into environmental systems. UNDERC East —8,000 acres of northern hardwood forests, lakes, and wetlands straddling the Wisconsin-Michigan border—is one of 20 sites designated by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to measure environmental factors in areas that have not been disturbed by humans. UNDERC West is an untouched area of grasslands, montane forest, and streams in the breathtaking northern Rockies.

In The News

Nine ND Graduate Students Win NSF GRFP Awards

Nine Notre Dame Graduate students were named winners of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, equaling the total number of winners from Notre Dame over the last seven years combined.