Environmental Studies


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.

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Food Scan: Students Collaborate on Local Farm-to-People Project

For the past two months, four students have been collaborating on a project to track where food comes from, and where it goes, in Brunswick and 13 nearby towns. After their food assessment is complete, it will be used by local advocates to figure out how to provide more healthy food for schools and low- and middle-income households.

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‘Community Matters’ Fellows Work on Social and Environmental Problems

More than two dozen students this summer have grants from Bowdoin to intern for local organizations working on environmental, humanitarian or policy issues. The Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship program places students in a range of Maine-based organizations for 10-week internships, from town agencies and art organizations to housing authorities and environmental nonprofits.

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Working on the Maine Coast: Students Get Involved in Fisheries, Island Research

Several students this summer have internships to work with local nonprofits that are working to strengthen the natural resources and communities of coastal Maine.

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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.


#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.


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.


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.