Environmental Studies

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

“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)

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.

Bowdoin Sets Sail for Science

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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.”

Coastal Studies Expansion Brings New Marine Science Semester to Bowdoin

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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.

New Research Vessel Joins the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Fleet

Carlon pilots the R/V A.O.K. through Harpswell Sound.

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.

104 Bowdoin Students Join NYC Climate March

One bus and eight cars were needed to carry the 104 Bowdoin students to New York City to join the People’s Climate March.

Sabbatical Seminars: Zeeman on Tipping Points and Environmental Resilience

Mary Lou Zeeman presents the 2014 faculty lunch lecture "Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience."

Mathematics professor Mary Lou Zeeman kicked off this year’s faculty seminar series with a talk titled “Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience,” stressing the importance of bringing together the studies of math and the environment.

Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

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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.

Grace Butler ’16 Pushes Bicycle Coalition Forward

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This summer, junior Grace Butler received a Psi Upsilon Environmental Fellowship from Bowdoin to intern with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, an advocacy organization based in Portland.

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

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

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.

Community Matters Fellows Tackle Social, Environmental Issues

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Twenty-two students had 2014 Community Matters in Maine Fellowships this summer to work on a range of social and environmental issues in the state. They recently gathered to present on their internship experiences.

Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

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

Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

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

Townies: Students Work for Brunswick, Topsham

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Libby Szuflita ’15 and Violet Ranson ’16 are mapping parts of Topsham and Brunswick this summer to help local administrators make land-use decisions that improve town life and reconcile the sometimes conflicting needs of residents, businesses and wildlife.

Coastal Studies Symposium Previews Summer Research, Marine Lab Expansion

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Summer may be a break from classes, but things are busier than ever at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center: as the Marine Laboratory undergoes renovations for expanded programming, students and faculty presented a symposium on their research projects investigating green crabs, blue mussels, lobsters, sea stars, eelgrass, fish, clams, and more.

For Profit For Good: Environmental Studies Students Explore Biz World

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Two students are approaching their ambition to help the environment by going directly to what is often blamed for environmental degradation — big business.

Collecting Oral Histories from Maine Fishermen

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Sitting on a trove of oral histories from fishermen, a Brunswick-based association this summer hired Audrey Phillips ’16 to put together videos based on these recordings.

Bowdoin Honors Three Retiring Faculty Members

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Three faculty members were granted emeritus status during the annual meeting of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees on May 9-11, 2014: DeWitt John, Jorunn Buckley, and Steve Cerf.

Students, Staff, Faculty Honored for Commitment to Common Good

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The McKeen Center has recognized the work of 11 people who are striving to end hunger, to bring art to the community, to help refugees and immigrants set up new lives in Maine, and to help preserve historic buildings.

A Campus Discussion on the Cars of Tomorrow

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Last week, junior Courtney Payne invited a panel of experts to campus to weigh in on the future of cars. This future, they all agreed, would have to be one in which not just oil but other types of fuels were available on the market.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

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Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.