Environment

Pioneering Deep Sea Research by Serrato Marks ’15 Published in Academic Journal

Paper showing how deep sea conditions can be affected by climate change is published in the journal ‘Paleoceanography.’ Serrato Marks is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute joint program.

Fall Fest: Practicing Sustainability the Fun Way

“This is a community building event around sustainability,” said organizer Martha Boben ’19. The event featured local pumpkins, apples, and cider, as well as live music.

Nature Moment: Swimming with Leeches

“I used to be afraid of leeches until I tried a simple experiment which showed that they much prefer frogs,” said biology professor Nat Wheelwright. “Now I’d much rather swim in a natural pond than a sterile chlorinated pool.”

Solving an Earth-Sized Puzzle: Bowdoin Goes to Iceland

Twenty students and four faculty members from the Earth and Oceanographic Science Department trekked to Iceland for ten days early in the summer, where they immersed themselves in field research into the earth, the sea, and the atmosphere — and the connections among them.

The Giant Stairs of Bailey Island: An Evolving Outdoor Classroom

At the narrow end of Bailey’s Island in Harpswell, a series of dark, blocky stones are laid out one on top of another, like a huge staircase leading down to the sea. Known as the Giant Stairs, they’ve long been a favorite destination for Bowdoin scientists and students because they’re a curious anomaly set within the flaky rust-gray metamorphic rock around them.

New Eco Groups Spring Up on Campus

The Bowdoin Naturalists, a student-led group founded by Wood with Lillian Bailey ’18 and David Anderson ’19, is just one of three recent groups to form at Bowdoin that are focused on natural history or environmental issues. The other two are Field Note Friday and Enviro Lunch.

Peat Bogs That May Contain Important Climate Change Indicators

Phil Camill is part of a research team looking to unearth crucial evidence that could help us understand how fast climate change could progress in the future. The clues could be in the peatlands of northern Canada, formed thousands of years ago.

Environmental Studies 1101 Field Trip Offers Students an Interdisciplinary Approach to Ecological Restoration

John Lichter, a professor of biology and environmental studies, explained that the field trip reflects the course’s intention — indeed, the intention of the whole Environmental Studies department: “The overall message is to understand how humans impact the ecosystem,” he said.