Dr. John F. Stolz, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, has traveled to Australia's Shark Bay to conduct research on stromatolites — reef-like structures that form a living community of microorganisms.

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Welcome from Our Director

Dr. John Stolz

Dr. John F. Stolz
Director and Professor


"The academic year 2017-18 marks our 25th year of preparing environmental professionals."

Welcome to the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) at Duquesne University. A lot has changed since that first class of Environmental Science and Management students started back in the fall of 1992.

Today, sustainability and the triple bottom line are guiding principles in the corporate world. Global climate change and carbon footprint now provide the impetus for greenhouse gas emissions inventories. Energy generation is more than ever, a central environmental issue; whether it's clean coal or unconventional natural gas and oil extraction. What hasn't changed is CERE's commitment to stay at the forefront of environmental education. In addition to our traditional masters degree program in Environmental Science and Management (ESM) and certificate programs in Environmental Science and Environmental Management, we now have a Conservation Biology track for the masters and an undergraduate BS in Environmental Science.

CERE has always been about people and we consider our students part of a much larger family. We work hard to ensure each has a chance to achieve their potential. That means faculty mentoring and advisement and opportunities for research for the undergraduates and internships and work experience for the graduate students. The science faculty are tenured professors in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, with active research laboratories. The adjunct faculty are working environmental professionals who bring their expertise and first hand experience to the classroom. Our alumni number more than 400 and constitute a network of working environmental professionals.

Pittsburgh is an ideal place to study environmental issues in an urban setting. Situated at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers it is home to a plethora of corporations and environmental firms. It is home to environmental organizations such as Penn Futures, Penn Environmental, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Rachel Carson Heritage Foundation (Rachel Carson grew up not too far from Duquesne University in Springdale, PA), the National Aviary, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. And it provides ample opportunities for field and lab research.

CERE has ongoing ecological restoration projects at Wingfield Pines, Sycamore Island, and Murphy's Bottom. Laboratory based studies include chromium speciation, arsenic in drinking water, environmental estrogens, and fish population genetics, with students having direct access to state-of-the-art instrumentation in the Bayer School. Whether it's participating in a green house gas emissions inventory, sampling for water borne contaminants, or teaching school children in an environmental summer camp, it's easy to get involved.

As we look ahead to the next 25 years, it may be hard to predict what the top environmental priorities will be. One thing is for sure, we at CERE will continue our commitment to providing the best possible education and opportunities for our students.