Environmental Studies


Video: Bowdoin Students Protest Dakota Access Pipeline

As the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline intensifies, several dozen students and other members of the Bowdoin community gathered on campus recently to voice their opposition to the project.

Photograph: Rebecca Goldfine

Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Gulf of Maine’s Bivalve Population

Alana Luzzio spent much of the summer collecting samples of tiny clams across the Gulf of Maine, to study how the changing environment is affecting their genetic make-up.

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Coastal Studies Fellow Hopes to help Federal Government with Flood Mapping Project

As a Rusack Coastal Studies Fellow, Angus Gorman ’18 has been involved in the creation free, open-source software which he hopes will one day help federal agencies draw up more reliable coastal flood maps.

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Bowdoin Senior ‘Gleans’ Surplus Farm Produce to Help Feed the Hungry (Forecaster)

Shannon McCabe has spent the summer working on a fellowship program that redirects surplus farm produce to food pantries.

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Summer Fellows Do Good in Maine

This summer, 22 Bowdoin students received Community Matters fellowships to work for Maine-based nonprofits in a number of different areas, from hunger and homelessness to economic development. The group of students is divided between those who focus on social and civic issues and those who work with environmental organizations.

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Klingle Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle has been selected to receive a 2016-2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award, which will provide funding in support of scholarly research for ‘Sweet Blood: Diabetes and the Nature of Health in America.’


Green Summers: Case Studies of Environmental Internships

Each summer, many Bowdoin students pursue internships or jobs in the environmental field. Some of them are supported by college grants, both from Bowdoin’s Career Planning office and the Environmental Studies program. Below are stories of three students with College fellowships who are contributing in some way to the environment.

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Collaborative Initiative Studies How to Aid Recovery of Maine’s Coastal Fisheries

Helping sea run fish gain better river access could be the key to helping Maine’s coastal groundfishing industry recover.


Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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Off the Shelf: Environmental Studies and History Professor Connie Chiang

History and Environmental Studies professor Connie Chiang picks a book to talk about: “Meet Joe Copper,” which looks at the lives of miners in Montana during World War II


Environmental Studies Students After Bowdoin

Seniors are not the only ones stressed about what happens after Bowdoin. While breaking the Bowdoin bubble can be scary, hundreds of graduates have gone before you to light the way. Here is a sampling of careers that graduates of Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies program have pursued.

Photograph: Anne Henshaw

Indigenous People Seek Greater Role in Arctic Policy

“Indigenous groups know the region better than anyone on earth, so I think in terms of informing the kind of science that gets done in the Arctic they’re critical, also in terms of understanding how the environment’s changing and what it means for people who live there.”

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Professor Allen Springer Explains Lifting of US Oil Export Ban

On December 31st 2015, the 40-year old ban on US export was lifted. The impetus for that came largely from Congressional Republicans, says Springer, but many Democrats were tempted to support the measure after a “political deal” was struck regarding clean energy tax breaks.

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Prof. Allen Springer’s Book Examines Effectiveness of International Environmental Law

Prof. Allen Springer’s latest book examines the conflicts that sometimes erupt between individual countries and international environmental law.

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Bowdoin Social Justice-Climate Group: The Flint Water Crisis

The faculty, staff and students who organized a community teach-In last fall to focus the campus’s attention on environmental and social justice issues are continuing their work this semester.

Prof. Klingle Takes His Research In New Directions, From Environmental History to Chronic Disease

About five years ago, Matthew Klingle departed from his comfortable academic specialization and plunged into the unfamiliar world of public health and chronic disease. Previously Klingle, an associate professor of history and environmental studies, focused his research on environmental history and the North American West.


Matthew Klingle: Zika Virus ‘Taking Advantage of Earth’s Changing Climate’

“Zika is one of many diseases, both vector-borne and non vector-borne, that are taking advantage of our earth’s changing climate, as well as our increased ability to travel long distances, to expand well beyond their normal range.”

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Roux Family Gift to Transform Study of the Environment

A new center for the study of the environment will bring faculty from many academic disciplines together to encourage collaboration and creativity in the teaching and scholarship of the environment and further strengthen Bowdoin’s position as a preeminent institution in this area of study.


Prof. Matthew Klingle on Flint Water Poisoning

Matthew Klingle, associate professor of history and environmental studies, shares his thoughts on the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead started leaking into the public water supply nearly two years ago, after the city switched to a new water source.


Watch: Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek P’17 Urges Compassion

Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, and a Bowdoin parent, was invited to the campus Nov. 24 to give a talk at a Bowdoin Breakfast and to meet with a group of students interested in pursuing environmental careers.