Environmental Studies

Peat Bogs That May Contain Important Climate Change Indicators

Phil Camill is part of a research team looking to unearth crucial evidence that could help us understand how fast climate change could progress in the future. The clues could be in the peatlands of northern Canada, formed thousands of years ago.

Environmental Studies 1101 Field Trip Offers Students an Interdisciplinary Approach to Ecological Restoration

John Lichter, a professor of biology and environmental studies, explained that the field trip reflects the course’s intention — indeed, the intention of the whole Environmental Studies department: “The overall message is to understand how humans impact the ecosystem,” he said.

Flood Expert Sam Brody ’92 Profiled in Portland Press Herald

Brody is director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Beaches and Shores, has been interviewed dozens of times in the media since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast last month.

Hugh Cipparone ’19 Explores Aquaculture Through a Sociological Lens

Another job SEANET asked of Cipparone took him into unchartered territory — sociological research. Along with exploring the ecological and biological aspects of aquaculture and Casco Bay, he began working with a professor at University of Maine to map coastal Mainers’ attitudes toward fish farming. The reason this is important, Cipparone explained, is that aquaculture development can be hampered by people’s doubts and concerns.

Could War Ever Be Justified to Fight Climate Change?

Senior Jonathan Atticus Carnell has been tackling a difficult ethical question over the summer: Could the damage brought about my climate change be a just cause for going to war?

Hugh Cipparone ’19: Optimism and Uncertainty about Aquaculture’s Future

When I noted during the drive that optimism seemed to be the defining characteristic of both the festival presenters and the participants, the other passengers chuckled.

Madeline Schuldt ’18 Investigates an Oyster Disease Threatening the Fishery

Not much is known about MSX, a pathogen that can cause mass mortality events in oyster populations. So when she was a student in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester in 2015, Madeline Schuldt began to do preliminary research into the prevalence of MSX in Maine’s oysters.

Zoe Borenstein ’18 Peers Into History to Better Understand Ocean Acidification

Using clues they detect in the chemical composition of shells — which can indicate how ocean pH, salinity, and water temperatures have changed over time — they are trying to reconstruct the Gulf of Maine’s climate history.