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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shannon McCabe has spent the summer working on a fellowship program that redirects surplus farm produce to food pantries.
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.
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.’
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.
Helping sea run fish gain better river access could be the key to helping Maine’s coastal groundfishing industry recover.
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.
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
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.
“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.”
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.