Environmental Studies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hannah Miller ’17 Talks Climate Change on ‘The CBS Evening News’

Hannah Miller ’17, studying the retreat of glaciers in Norway, talks about the science of climate change on ‘The CBS Evening News.’


Barton Seaver on Empowering Food Economies

Barton Seaver, Director of Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health will talk during the Maine Innovation Challenge this Sunday. A recording of this talk will be posted on this story.


Maine Innovation Challenge, November 21-22

Local food production is flourishing in Maine. Mainers, particularly young Mainers are starting farms in record numbers. Chefs are developing creative uses of under-utilized fish species and some are raising fish and greens together in closed loop systems.

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Michael Rozyne ’78 on How to Grow Local, Sustainable Food Movement

Michael Rozyne, Bowdoin class of 1978, visited campus recently to share his story and experience growing two social venture food businesses — Equal Exchange and Red Tomato.


Five Energy Experts Speak to Students About Future Careers

Three alumni (plus a Bowdoin parent and a non-Bowdoin graduate) who work in the energy field returned to campus last week to speak to students about careers in energy and sustainability.

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Professor Dharni Vasudevan Helps Detect Chemical Exposure in the Environment

This year, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies Dharni Vasudevan won a National Science Foundation grant to investigate the trajectories, or “fates,” of common medicines in our environment.

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Filmmaker Wilder Nicholson ’16 to Screen New Iceland Documentary

Wilder Nicholson ’16 received a Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain scholarship last spring to fund the making of a documentary about geothermal energy in Iceland. He will screen the film Sept. 10 in the Beam Classroom.

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Students Help Restore Maine’s Ecology

This summer, a group of students worked with John Lichter, Bowdoin professor of biology and environmental studies, on research that can support the restoration of Maine’s rivers, estuaries and coastal fisheries.

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Spending a Summer on an Island of Birds

Stratton Island, a National Audubon bird sanctuary located off the coast of Old Orchard Beach, is part of Project Puffin, a longterm bird restoration project in Maine. This season, Browning-Kamins was past of the island’s four-person crew that lived on the island for the entire summer to protect and monitor its bird nest colonies.