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Bowdoin Scientist and Research Partners Add Chapter to Climate Change Story

After four years of conducting research in the vast stretches of peatlands that cover much of the Arctic landscape, plant ecologist Phil Camill and his research partners are sharing an important finding that could upend the standard story of climate change.

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A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

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Earth Science Women’s Network Spotlights Bowdoin Professor

An organization that promotes the careers of women in the geosciences has profiled Michèle LaVigne, an assistant professor of earth and oceanographic science.

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McKeen Center Shines Light on Students Engaging with the Community

Each year, students majoring in subjects that span the curriculum incorporate community projects into their studies, partnering with local agencies from across the street to organizations in places as far away as Asia and Africa.

Academic Awards, Karofsky Prize Presented on 2015 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 19th annual Honors Day ceremony on May 6 in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to recognize the academic accomplishments of Bowdoin students.

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Five Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

Five faculty members have been promoted from associate to full professor based on their scholarly output and teaching credentials. Oceanographer Collin Roesler, religion scholar Robert Morrison and historians Dallas Denery, David Gordon and Susan Tananbaum will all be promoted on July 1.

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Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

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Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

“Investigation of UV Reflectance Patterns off the Scales of Carrasius auratus as an Important Factor for Female Mate Choice,” by Varun Wadia '15 and mentors Richmond Thompson and Madeleine Msall (photo by Catherine Yochum ’15)

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.

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Bowdoin Sets Sail for Science

Coastal Studies director David Carlon rekindled an old tradition this fall: he and a group of Bowdoin students set sail aboard the historic Arctic schooner “Bowdoin.”

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Coastal Studies Expansion Brings New Marine Science Semester to Bowdoin

Big changes are astir at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island, where Coastal Studies director David Carlon is leading an initiative to bring Bowdoin’s unique marine offerings to a whole new level by dramatically expanding facilities and programming.

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New Research Vessel Joins the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Fleet

With big expansions underway in Coastal Studies facilities and programming, Bowdoin has made a valuable acquisition: the R/V A.O.K., a 28-foot research vessel with a twin outboard hull.

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Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

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What I Did This Summer: Studying the Science of Red Tide

Sasha Kramer ’16 tells a captivating story about doing research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, where she has been uncovering the science behind red tide and paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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Stalking the Invasive Green Crab in Harpswell Sound

Aidan Short ’15 has been working on the water and in the lab to figure out just what green crabs are eating in different habitats of Harpswell Sound.

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Post-College Job: Cleaning the Oceans

This summer, a Bowdoin alumna joined the Rozalia Project, a ship that sails around the Gulf of Maine to clean up local garbage patches and stage beach clean-ups and advocacy events.

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Learning About Geoscience in the Himalayas

This summer, Bowdoin students Hannah Marshall ’16 and Alex Reisley ’16 trekked through the world’s deepest gorge in Nepal’s Kai Gandaki valley and investigated geological phenomena.

Bowdoin's Dube lab investigates disease-causing bacteria and develops therapeutics. From left: Sunnie Kuna ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Danielle Dube, Ian Kline ’15, Hallie Carol ’14, Van Tra ’13, and Jen Helble ’14

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.

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Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

Grab your lab coat and goggles. At Bowdoin, scientific research has a central place in the liberal arts.

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Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources.