Environmental Studies

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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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Town Intern Bridger Tomlin ’17 Links Land Preserve to its Past

Bridger Tomlin ’17 has been researching the history of a Brunswick settlement that was deserted in the 1950s when it became the site of the now defunct Navy base.

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Michael Butler ’17 Helps Develop Rainforest Products to Benefit Local Communities

Michael Butler ’17, who has a funded internship grant from Bowdoin to work at Runa, said he was drawn to the opportunity because he’s interested in forest conservation, natural resource management, social enterprise and “developing new products that aren’t bad for the world.”

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Kai Wise ’18 is Living History at Timberline Lodge

This spring while researching a paper for an environmental studies class, William “Kai” Wise ’18 ended up with a job offer.

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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.

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#CarbonFeed Installation at H-L Library Reminds Us of Our Social Media Footprint

The #CarbonFeed project, designed by artists John Park and Jon Bellona, is designed to prompt viewers to consider their digital carbon footprint.

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Alumni Advise on Alternative Energy Careers

During this informal conversation, alumni discussed various career paths students may consider pursuing within the alternative energy field.

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Seashore Digital Diaries — The Series

Seashore Digital Diaries, a fall semester course taught by visiting filmmaker and Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover ’83, P’17, and cross-listed in three departments — visual arts, environmental studies, and cinema studies — used video production as a tool of inquiry at the seashore.

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Seashore Digital Diaries: Fort Popham

When asked for an interpretation of the human shore in history — inspired by John Gillis’s new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History — Christina Sours ‘16 teamed up with Tim Hanley ‘15 and Lucy Green ‘15 to produce this short documentary about Fort Popham.

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Seashore Digital Diaries: Seashell Headphones

Alex Sutula ’13 offers a very creative riff on a simple question we explored in class, “what do we really hear inside a sea shell?”

Underwater filming at Bowdoin Marine Lab with Nick Caloyianis (photo by the students of Seashore Digital Diaries)

Underwater Filmmaker Reveals His Production Secrets

Oscar-winning photographer Nick Caloyianis came to the Bowdoin Marine Lab to give students hands-on training in underwater filming.

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David Bruce’s Watson Year: Studying Cities At Sea

David Bruce’s interest in nature, urban planning and arts shaped his goal to traverse the globe to draw, paint and write about places threatened by rising sea levels.

Down on the Farm: ES Students Dig Into Food Systems

This semester for the first time, Bowdoin’s popular environmental studies introductory class included a unit on food and agriculture.

“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.

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.

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Sabbatical Seminars: Zeeman on Tipping Points and Environmental 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.

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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.