College of Science ad Engineering

SF State researchers return to Burning Man for a new look at the festival’s environmental impact

The team, from the University’s School of the Environment, wants to know if sustainability efforts are making a difference.

Ten years ago, Clarissa Maciel learned that her professor would be absent from class because he was at Burning Man. As a San Francisco State University Geography undergraduate, she found the news both cool and perplexing. A college professor at a week-long festival famous for raucous music, elaborate art installations and anything goes attitudes? It turned out that her professor, now School of the Environment Co-Director Andrew Oliphant, was there to work on a research project with a master’s student: an analysis of the micrometeorology of a transient city in the desert.

Read the SF State News story.