The research and creative capacity of Washington University and the strength of interdisciplinary partnerships are mobilized to advance knowledge that addresses complex environmental challenges.


The Center for the Environment is an interdisciplinary hub of environmental research that

  • accelerates research across environmental solutions, biodiversity, environmental justice, and planetary health with earth systems and climate change as a cross-cutting driver.
  • fosters a diverse community of faculty, staff, researchers and students with shared interests in environment and sustainability.
  • amplifies transformative partnerships throughout Washington University and beyond.
  • supports interdisciplinary and emerging educational initiatives and postdoctoral research.

Evolution of environmental research at WashU

The launch of the Center for the Environment, and the success it represents for Here and Next, is possible thanks to the community process that began in 2021 with the robust collaboration of the Working Group, Action Team, Implementation Team, and Internal Advisory Committee. The members of these groups contributed to the inception, planning, and launch of the Center and special recognition is given to Daniel Giammar, Lora Iannotti, TR Kidder, Lulu Li, Jonathan Losos, Beth Martin, Kim Parker, Rodrigo Reis, and Barbara Schaal for their impactful contributions.