At the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, you’ll deepen your understanding of the living world and your place within it.
The work that happens here is rooted in our land- and sea-grant mission, and connected to the needs of the local, regional, and global communities. Our faculty researchers work collaboratively across disciplines, drawing from a broad, inclusive field of human knowledge to make critical discoveries within their fields. URI’s core research facilities and specialized labs offer the latest technologies that will enable you to gather field data, synthesize vast amounts of information, and develop solutions to real world challenges. Whether you are interested in urban food systems; protecting marine wildlife; understanding what makes an organism adapt and an ecosystem thrive; or assisting policy makers in the shift towards renewable energy and sustainable natural resource management, you’ll find your place here.
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Applied research is at the core of what we do. As a land-grant and sea-grant university, our researchers and students work closely with communities to share knowledge and apply it to everyday lives.Our programs
- Adventurous URI: Outing Club gets students off campus, outdoors February 26, 2024 - One of the oldest clubs on campus has provided mental and physical health benefits through the pandemic, and beyond.
- URI researchers develop plan for Global Center focused on Blue Climate Solutions February 26, 2024 - URI Professor Emi Uchida, Ph.D., is leading a new NSF grant to bridge international expertise and communities around mangrove/seagrass ecosystems.
- ‘Food is part of the solution’ when it comes to climate change February 5, 2024 - The 8th Annual Rhode Island Food System Summit considers innovative practices that power environmental stewardship ‘From Seed to Shore.’
- An equitable Ocean State: URI professor looking at ways to improve coastal fishing access and information in R.I. January 26, 2024 - CELS assistant professor Melva Treviño Peña is examining coastal access among marginalized communities across the state.