Environmental Studies

With Neighboring Marine Labs, Bowdoin Commits to Longterm Gulf Project

Teaming up with 10 marine research centers up and down the coast, Bowdoin College has embarked on a longterm study to better understand how the Gulf of Maine is transforming as the climate changes. Scientists report that the Gulf of Maine is heating up more rapidly than 99 percent of the world’s oceans.

Bowdoin Student Researchers Launch Pro-Science Blog

Danielle Haas Freeman ’17 and other student researchers at Bowdoin have launched a new “informal” science blog about their research. With “Bowdoin Student Scientists: Science in Informal Language,” they aim to communicate the importance of science in a time when public policy appears to be veering from mainstream scientific findings, particularly on climate change. Freeman explains in the blog that she is concerned that […]

Bowdoin Students Present Research at Hawaii Ocean Conference

Three Bowdoin students have been in Hawaii this week presenting their honors and independent study research at an ocean sciences conference in Honolulu.

Bowdoin Environmental Scientists On Impact of Riverflow into the Gulf of Maine

Project studying the flow of carbon from rivers into the Gulf of Maine involves three Bowdoin faculty members.

How Maine Fishermen Might Adapt to Warming Oceans

Bowdoin College hosted two speakers this week who are exploring ways that Mainers — particularly those who earn their livelihoods from the sea — might respond to a warming ocean and changing marine ecosystem.

Environmental Activism Right Now, in the US and in Maine

“The environmental community will be strong and probably stronger after [Trump’s presidency],” Lisa Pohlmann said. “There will be hard-fought losses, no question about it. But state and local progress will happen no matter what.”

Bowdoin Course Explores How To Make Communities More Resilient

After collecting social and environmental data and using GIS to analyze their findings, students proposed ways to address a number of issues, from hunger prevention to sea level rise and invasive species management.

‘Water is Life’ Panel Discusses Indigenous Lands and Laws

The event provided historical context for and analysis of the large protest that’s been waged against a proposed oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota.

With Idea to Reuse Brewery Grain, Bowdoin Students Tie for First in ME Food Challenge

A team of students led by Eliza Huber-Weiss ’17 has come up with a winning business idea that not only takes advantage of the growing craft beer market in Maine, but also reduces food waste.

Kate Dempsey ’88: Maine’s Leading Conservationist Chats with Students

Kate Dempsey ’88 heads the Maine’s Nature Conservancy branch, which is headquartered down the street from Bowdoin in Brunswick. She was recently on campus to speak to students who are interested in environmental careers. Besides talking about her environmental work, Dempsey also passed along a few career tips.

Bowdoin Senior Receives Award for India Research

For his work, Polstein received one of two annual Awards for Academic Achievement Abroad from The Forum on Education Abroad. This prize recognizes excellence in academic work by students who study with an education program abroad.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.