Our research advances the understanding and practice of sustainability.
Our faculty are involved in three major grants through the National Science Foundation, including:
“USD provides amazing opportunities for research, both on and off campus. My professors encouraged me to apply for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program, a two-year summer research program for students studying environmental conservation. During my first year, I conducted research through University of California Santa Cruz in a variety of natural landscapes throughout the state. I then spent a summer at the University of Connecticut studying the effect of forest fragmentation on caterpillars from a community ecology perspective.”
“I’m impressed by the number of sustainability-focused research opportunities at USD and how the faculty encouraged me to get involved. I am conducting an independent research project focused on prairie restoration and plant community ecology. The opportunity to conduct my own research has been important in increasing the depth of my sustainability knowledge.”
“I think the most important thing about sustainability is realizing just how broad and interdisciplinary the topic is, and USD has taken that into account by offering degrees with both social and/or biological sciences. This really set me up for success when I started to look for research I could participate in that wasn’t biology-focused, as I am now able to take part in the Sustainable RIVER REU under the tutelage of anthropology professors. Not only does this expand my knowledge further on the concepts of social sustainability, it also allows me to understand how to best communicate sustainability with other people.”