Affiliated Departments

Biological Sciences

Faculty within the Department of Biological Sciences work with in a number of environmentally-related areas, including phytoremediation of metal-contaminated soils, bioremediation of antibiotic-contaminated environments, and the effects of the environment on the health, fitness and diversity of species. Techniques employed span the range of field, genetic, and molecular biological tools.



Several faculty members of the UB Chemistry Department are involved in research activities related to Environmental Chemistry, including complex systems modeling, green chemistry, chemical measurements of pollutants, toxicology of environmental contaminants, and community outreach and service.



The Department of Geography has developed four major traditions or interrelated approaches. The first tradition is a spatial tradition, with a focus on the importance of distance, direction, position, pattern, and movement as concepts worthy of study themselves, whatever the subject matter. The second tradition is that of area studies, which takes as its objective the characterization and differentiation of places through a thorough accounting of all of the places’ aspects and attributes. The third tradition is through a human-land tradition, which entails a focus upon the interrelationships and interactions between people and their environment. The fourth tradition is the earth-science tradition, which involves a focus upon the study of the earth, the atmosphere, climate, and the living world.



Faculty in the Department of Geology are extensively involved in the Environmental Geosciences major, both teaching courses in the major and conducting research in the environmental sciences. Relevant research within the department includes studies of ground water flow and contaminant transport, environmental risk assessment, remediation processes, monitoring of glaciers and ice dynamics in the face of global warming and the ecology of shallow water marine communities, with specific emphasis on coral reefs systems and their response to climate change. The Geology department also offers a range of environmental courses including courses in Global Environmental Sciences, Environmental Geochemistry, Hydrology, Ecology, Remote Sensing, and Ecological Methods.