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Biodiesel Lab

Climate and Energy

Climate and Energy

Loyola recognizes the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations and ecosystems in our region and worldwide. Researchers in this group explore climate change’s impact on natural and social systems from Chicago to Alaska to Vietnam. Team members study scientific and socio-economic aspects of the problem and develop practical solutions. Our working biodiesel lab puts research into practice, and the Loyola Climate Change Conference brings experts together to discuss the latest discoveries and most promising solutions.

Advancing energy policy and administration systems to shift away from fossil fuels and mitigate climate change.

Climate Change Conference

Climate change impacts human health through climate-induced food and water insecurities, displacement, and pollution. We must consider the unequal distribution of these impacts among people of varying races, gender, and income. The 2022 Climate Change Conference explored these issues with scientists, public health experts, front-line advocates, theologians, and policymakers addressing the intersection of climate change, human health, and justice.

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Our Programs and Faculty

Faculty and Staff

  • Laura Brentner
  • Lopa Chakraborti
  • Ray Dybzinski
  • Ping Jing
  • Max Melstrom
  • Gilbert Michaud
  • Greg Palmer
  • Zach Waickman


  • Analytical Chemistry Lab
  • GIS Lab
  • Research Labs
  • Searle Biodiesel Lab

Learn more about our research facilities.

Student Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

SES Undergraduate Research Fellowships allow students to conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to unsustainable natural resource uses in the greater Chicago land region.

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Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate students have an opportunity to apply as an Alfred H. Baum Family Graduate Research Scholar to fund and explore questions in energy policy and administration systems to shift away from fossil fuels to mitigate climate change.

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Student Internships and Jobs

The School of Environmental Sustainability provides hands-on internship opportunities for students to get deeply involved in our environmental initiatives.

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