Sustainability research at the University of Washington utilizes both fundamental and applied research that leads to greater understanding of complex systems and innovative solutions to environmental, economic, and/or social problems, which will positively impact the use and protection of natural resources and ecosystem services. An incomplete list of sustainability research project is below, organized by school or college.

The UW School of Pharmacy (website) has 1 faculty member currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 2 research projects.

Bacteria Recyclers
Faculty: Brook Nunn

Phytoplankton Communities Affected by Allelopathic Compounds
Faculty: Brook Nunn

The UW School of Nursing (website) has 13 faculty members currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 6 research projects.

Building a Sustainable Indian Triabal Infrastructure for Translational Research
Faculty: C. Strickland & R. Logsdon
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Moving together to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living Changes
Faculty: D. Boutain
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Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
Faculty: R. Fenske & B. De Castro
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Targeting Everetts Health Disparities
Faculty: E. Bond, K. Leach, C. McCahon, H. Nuhsbaum, S. Wilson, & S. Wolpin
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Washington Practices and outcomes Variation Study
Faculty: B. Bekemeier
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Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreement
Faculty: B. De Castro & S. Hecker
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The College of Education (website) has 6 faculty members currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 6 research projects.

COSEE Ocean Learning Communities
Faculty: Philip Bell
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Cross-Cultural Engagement in Culturally Based Citizen Science: Rebuilding Relationships to Place
Faculty: Megan Bang

Elwha Dam Project 
Faculty:  Dr. John Bransford & Kieran O’Mahony
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Islandwood Partnership
Faculty: Mark Windschitl
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SoundCitizen Science Apprenticeship: Where Urban Communities and Academia Come Together
Faculty: Andy Shouse & Philip Bell
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Washington Alliance for Geo-Literacy (WAGL)
Faculty: Andy Shouse

The UW School of Public Health (website) has 19 faculty members currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 2 research projects.

Climate Change and Human Health
Faculty: Richard Fenske, Susan Allan, Cole Fitzpatrick, Catherine Karr, Hendrika Meischke, Helen Murphy, Eric Salathe, Beryl Schulman, John Thompson, Charles Treser, & Michael Yost
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Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies
Faculty: Elaine M. Faustman, E. Virginia Armbrust, Thomas Burbacher, Lucio G. Costa, Allan Devol, Clement Furlong, William Griffith, & Charles A. Simenstad.
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The UW College of the Environment (website) has faculty members currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 412 funded research projects. Below is a sample list of funded research projects occuring in the College of the Environment during the 2012 fiscal year. A more complete list can be downloaded here.

A Multi-Scale Observational and Modeling Study of Cirrus and Boundary Layer Clouds Using A-Train Data
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences) & Andreas Muehlbauer (JISAO)
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A Quasi-Operational Prediction System for the Coastal Ocean of the Pacific NW
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman & Nicholas Bond (Atmospheric Sciences) 
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ADIOS3: Physical mechanism of droplet formation for immiscible fluids injected into water through a high Reynolds number jet. Modeling droplet breakup to determine the Fate of Deepwater Horizon Oil
Faculty: Alberto Aliseda & James Riley (Mechanical Engineering)
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Agreement to continue operation of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Alberts HFSP Subcontract from University of Chicago
Faculty: Jonathan Alberts (Department of Biology)
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Algorithm Support for Integrated Cognitive Model of Movement Behaviours for Discerning the Intent of Subgroups (Algorithm Support - ACOE)
Faculty: James Anderson (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Analysis of vegetation effects on levees
Faculty: Susan Bolton (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Assessment of Juvenile Salmon Use of Signani Slough Restoration Site
Faculty: Christian Grue & Jeffery Cordell (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Astrobiology Pathways: From the interstellar medium, through planetary systems, to the emergence and detection of life
Faculty: John Baross (Oceanography)
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Burrowing Shrimp Management Willapa Bay Study
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Channel Migration
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Brian Collins (Earth and Space Sciences)
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Characterization of the Zooplankton Component of the Puget Sound Food Web
Faculty: Christian Grue & Jeffery Cordell (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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CLA Pesticides in Urban Streams
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Collaborative Research: Growth of the Tibetan Plateau, Eastern Asian Climate and Hydrological Cycle
Faculty: David Battisti (Atmospheric Sciences) & Gerard Roe (Earth and Space Sciences)
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Collaborative Research: Illuminating the architecture of the greater Mount St. Helens magmatic system from slab to surface
Faculty: Olivier Bachmann & Kenneth Creager (Earth and Space Sciences)
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Collaborative Research: Modeling coastal oxygen production and carbon sequestration
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences)
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COASST: Covering the Coast
Faculty: Christian Grue & Julia Parrish (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Columbia River Salmon Passage Model (Hydro/CBR)
Faculty: James Anderson (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Consequences of hypoxia on food web linkages in a pelagic marine ecosystem
Faculty: Timothy Essington (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Julie Keister (School of Oceanography)
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Conservation Planning for Fishes in the Upper Colorado River Basin
Faculty: Christian Grue & Julian Olden (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Continuation of Collaborative Research Between KMI - SMEA
Faculty: Thomas Leschine (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs & Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Coordination of protocol reviews for long-term monitoring in the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service
Faculty: Jonathan Bakker (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Development and validation of models to assess the threat to freshwater fishes from environmental change and invasive species
Faculty: Christian Grue & Julian Olden (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Determine Genetic Diversity and Develop Tools for Genetic Improvement of Oyster Stocks for the Pacific Northwest
Faculty: Carolyn Friedman (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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EAGER: The relationship between microbial biogeography and ocean chemistry across a persistent oceanographic "hot spot" in the NE Pacific Ocean
Faculty: Virginia Armbrust (Oceanography)
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Eastern Gray Squirrel Ecology and Interactions with Western Gray Squirrels in the South Puget Sound Region
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Ecological effects of catch share programs in New England and U.S. West Coast groundfish fisheries 
Faculty: Timothy Essington & Trevor Branch (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Ecology and Molecular Epidemiology of fish viruses
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Lee Campbell (Epidemiology)
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Effectiveness of Ballast Water Exchange in Protecting Puget Sound from Invasive Species
Faculty: Christian Grue & Jeffery Cordell (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Evaluating and Improving Cloud Processes in the Multi-Scale Modeling Framework
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences)
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Evaluating Dynamical States, Radiation Budgets and Cloud Properties in the NCEP CFS-R and ECMWF ERA Interim Output
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences) & Laura Hinkelman (JISAO)
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Evaluation of On-Site Sewage System Nitrogen Removal Technology
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences), Michael Brett & H Stensel (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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Factors Governing the Quantity and Quality of Habitat for Wintering Swans in Northwestern Washington
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Fire, climate, and smoke research
Faculty: Ernesto Alvarado-Celestin (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Fire histories of Turn Point and Kellett Bluff, San Juan Islands, Washington
Faculty: Jonathan Bakker (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Forest Biomass Supply Assessment
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & John Perez-Garcia (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Grazing and afforestation effects on understory community composition and diversity in Uruguayan grasslands
Faculty: Jonathan Bakker (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Growth Modulation in Salmon Supplementation
Faculty: Walton Dickhoff (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Immune responses in teleost fish
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Implementation of continuous flow cytometry for high resolution mapping of microbial distributions in surface waters
Faculty: Virginia Armbrust & Robert Morris (Oceanography)
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Improving the Efficacy of Imidacloprid for Mgmt of Burrowing Shrimp Infestations on Shellfish Grounds
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) in Ocean Change
Faculty: Terrie Klinger (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs) & James Murray (School of Oceanography)
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International Adoption of Conservation Technologies (IntACT): Towards a New Theory of Transferring Technology in the Face of Conservation Crisis
Faculty: Patrick Christie (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Jackson School of International Studies) & Lekelia Jenkins (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs)
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Joint Effort to Monitor the Strait (JEMS)
Faculty: Christian Grue & Kenneth Sebens (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean Tasks I & II
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman & Nicholas Bond (Atmospheric Sciences) 
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Juvenile Passage Model Development (COMPASS/NMFS)
Faculty: James Anderson (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Managing the Nations Fish Habitat at Multiple Spatial Scales in a Rapidly Changing Climate
Faculty: Christian Grue & Julian Olden (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Marine Bird (sea ducks) Evaluation Study – Brown’s Point to Tulalip Point
Faculty: Christian Grue & Julia Parrish (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Marine Debris Program Project Performance Measure Inventory
Faculty: Thomas Leschine (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs & Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Metagenomic analysis of microbes exposed to alternative fuels
Faculty: Virginia Armbrust (Oceanography)
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Modeling the population dynamics of Prince William Sound herring
Faculty: Trevor Branch (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Moore Investigator Award
Faculty: Virginia Armbrust (Oceanography) & Allan Devol
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Network Analysis of the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Scientific Community
Faculty: Patrick Christie (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Jackson School of International Studies)
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NSF Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction
Faculty: Virginia Armbrust (Oceanography)
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Nuclear Waste Program Educational Outreach
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Bettina Shell-Duncan (Department of Anthropology)
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Pacific Northwest Fish Dietary Information, Statistical Support and Guidance
Faculty: Christian Grue & Vincent Gallucci (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Pacific NW Coop Ecosystem Studies Unit Program Support
Faculty: Gordon Bradley (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Partnership with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Alaska Fishery Science Center to Develop Increased Capacity in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences to Enhance Teaching and Research
Faculty: David Armstrong (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Pinto Abalone Disease and Genetic Screening
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Pinto Abalone PIT Tag Development, Tissue Preservation Methods & Genotyping
Faculty: Christian Grue & Carolyn Friedman (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Public attitudes and perceptions of forest fires and smoke: Management implications
Faculty: Stanley Asah (Environmental & Forest Sciences)
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Regional Native Seed Project
Faculty: Jonathan Bakker (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Restoration of the pinto abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana, in Washington State
Faculty: Carolyn Friedman (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Second-Tier Database Support (DART/CBR)
Faculty: James Anderson (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Sediment Analysis and John Frew Graduate Support
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Snoqualmie Corridor recreation planning
Faculty: Gordon Bradley (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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Sockeye Hatchery Adaptive Management Science Support MOA
Faculty: David Beauchamp & Thomas Quinn (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Stage-specific growth and survival during early marine life of Puget Sound Chinook salmon in the context of temporal-spatial environmental conditions and trophic interactions
Faculty: David Beauchamp (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Standardization of methods to quantify marine microdebris:  Laboratory intercomparison and the development of polymer composition, size, and shape as indicators of sources of marine microplastics
Faculty: Joel Baker (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
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The interaction among mesoscale dynamics, microphysical properties and radiative effects of mid-latitude cirrus clouds
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences) & Andreas Muehlbauer (JISAO)
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The Snoqualmie River Game Fish Enhancement Plan
Faculty: David Beauchamp (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Toxicity of Herbicides to Amphibians
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Tsunami Hazard Modeling for U.S. Coastlines
Faculty: Nicholas Bond (Atmospheric Sciences)
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Understanding the roles of competing bacterial endosymbionts in abalone health, management, and restoration
Faculty: Carolyn Friedman & Glen VanBlaricom (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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UW Coop Swan Project
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Validation and Application of MISR Cloud Retrievals
Faculty: Thomas Ackerman (Atmospheric Sciences)
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Washington Shellfish Initiative Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Penelope Dalton (Washington Sea Grant)
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2011 Water Column Profiler Data Processing Project
Faculty: Nicholas Bond (Atmospheric Sciences) & Margaret Sullivan (JISAO)
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Watershed control of hydrologic sources and thermal conditions in SW Alaska streams: a framework for forecasting effects of changing climate
Faculty: Christian Grue & Daniel Schindler (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences)
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Wildland Fuel and Fire Management in a Changing Climate
Faculty: Ernesto Alvarado-Celestin & James Agee (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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WGA Climate Change II
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Joshua Tewksbury (Department of Biology)
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WHCWG Climate Change
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Joshua Tewksbury (Department of Biology)
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Work Plan for the University of Washington In Managing and Facilitating A Scientific Review Process for CMER by the Independent Scientific Peer Review Program
Faculty: Christian Grue (Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) & Daniel Vogt (Environmental and Forest Sciences)
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The UW College of Arts & Sciences (website) has 18 faculty members currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 28 research projects.

Advancing the Capacity of Scat Detection Dogs and Molecular Scatology Methods by Addressing Critical Conservation Science of Poorly Studied Large Mammal Populations Threatened by Deforestation
Faculty: Samuel Wasser (Department of Biology)

Biological Futures in a Globalized World
Faculty: Margaret Wylie (Departments of Anthropology and of Philosophy)

Collaborative Research: Critical Infrastructure Policy
Faculty: Peter May (Department of Political Science)

Combined use of oil and gas produced in water and nutrient-rich wastewaters for growing algae for biofuels
Faculty: Rose Cattolico (Department of Biology)
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Diffusion of voluntary environmental standards
Faculty: Aseem Prakash (Department of Political Science)

Dopant-carrier Auger de-excitation as a new approach to multi-threshold solar energy conversion devices
Faculty: Daniel Gamelin (Department of Chemistry)

Environmental effects on short term changes in testosterone: a cross cultural examination of the challenge hypothesis in Tsimane and US males
Faculty: Kathleen O'Connor (Department of Anthropology)

Factors shaping natural resource exploitation and associated environmental harms
Faculty: Victor Menaldo (Department of Political Science)

Fiscal reform, fiscal well-being and security of land rights in China
Faculty: Susan Whiting (Department of Political Science)

Geologic and biotic response to Oligocene-Miocene climatic and environmental change in the Great Plains (South Dakota, USA) (Collaborative Research) 
Faculty: Caroline Stromberg (Department of Biology)

Impacts of economic globalization and foreign aid on pollution
Faculty: Victor Menaldo (Department of Political Science)

Natural Resources and State Development in Latin America
Faculty: Victor Menaldo (Department of Political Science)

Noninvasive Solutions to Global Health
Faculty: Samuel Wasser (Department of Biology)

Novel Metal Solutions: A new Strategy for Managing Soil-Borne Plant Diseases with low Environmental and Human Health Risks
Faculty: Russell Rodriguez (Department of Biology)

Partners on the North Pacific: Environmental Education and Joint Flora Survey
Faculty: David Giblin (Department of Biology)

Persistent Organic Pollutant Contamination in the Puget Sound Ecosystem: A Novel Approach to Monitor Exposure and Evaluate Risk
Faculty: Samuel Wasser (Department of Biology)

Population Ecology of the Mariana Crow and the Rota White Eye
Faculty: Renee Ha (Department of Psychology)
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Rent-seeking in land management and land disputes in China
Faculty: Susan Whiting (Department of Political Science)

Research frontiers in comparative and international environmental politics
Faculty: Aseem Prakash (Department of Political Science)

Role of voluntary environmental regimes in reducing pollution
Faculty: Aseem Prakash (Department of Political Science)

Science and Recycling: A Comparative History
Faculty: Simon Werrett (Department of History)

Sustainability and community with a particular emphasis on eco-villages
Faculty: Karen Litfin (Department of Political Science)

Sustainable Farming
Faculty: Karen Litfin (Department of Political Science)

Terawatt Scale Solar Power: A Sustainable Energy Research Network
Faculty: David Ginger (Department of Chemistry)
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The Paleoecology of Diet Breadth in the Basin-Plateau Region, USA
Faculty: Donald Grayson (Department of Anthropology)

Tracking the evolution of grasses and grasslands: using phytoliths to explore evolution-ecology links in deep time
Faculty: Caroline Stromberg (Department of Biology)

Tracking the origins of C4 grasses and grasslands: a phytolith key to PACMAD grass phylogeny, physiology, and ecology
Faculty: Caroline Stromberg (Department of Biology)

Urban air pollution policies, public health, and the adoption of green vehicles
Faculty: Hendrik Wolff (Department of Economics)

The UW Evans School of Public Affairs (website) has 2 faculty members currently participating in sustainability research distributed across 2 research projects.

Community Cornerstone HUD Challenge Grant program (originally known as the Neighborhood Equitable Transit Oriented Development Initiative)
Faculty: Daniel L. Carlson

The effect of time to think on valuing coastal land preservation
Faculty: Joseph H. Cook