George Perkins Marsh Institute


2018-19 Seminar Series Continues

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2018-19 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminars are open to all in the Clark community. The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with speakers is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired. The fourth seminar of the series is as follows:


Robert J. Johnston, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University

"How to Develop Successful Collaborative Grant Projects and Proposals"

Co-sponsored with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
Thursday, January 24, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Jefferson Academic Center, Room 222

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Pre-announcement NOAA Internship Opportunities


The George Perkins Marsh Institute in partnership with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will again be offering paid $4,500 internships for Summer 2019. The NOAA Internships will place Clark students in exciting, hands-on-projects at locations around the United States. Students from a wide range of majors will have the chance to learn from working scientists and policy experts at one of America's leading public scientific institutions. The intern will also be mentored by Clark faculty to maximize the connections between their internship experiences and their academic programs.

Available internship opportunities and full application guidelines will be posted in January on the website of the George Perkins Marsh Institute ( Student applications will be due February 12, 2019. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply up through their third year of study (current seniors are not eligible). The program is aimed primarily at those in their junior year (i.e., most internships will occur between the junior and senior years). Any questions should be directed to Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

NOTE: Student Information Session will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 (4:00 pm-5:30 pm) in the Lurie Conference Room, University Center.

Nature Article Turns to Professor Williams for Expertise on Forests, Climate Change

Christopher-Williams sitting in chair in office

Does the planting of trees help or hinder efforts to slow climate change? Nature, the international journal of science, takes up this controversial question in a news feature published this week. Among the experts interviewed for the article is Christopher A. Williams, associate professor in Clark University's Graduate School of Geography and head of the Biogeosciences Research Group. More »

Grades Keep Slipping on the Arctic Report Card

Science, Alaska News, Arctic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At this annual gathering of thousands of scientists that has grown in step with the increasing number of people on Earth, researchers at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union again sounded the alarm for a quiet place -- the top of the world. More »

Resource Extraction, Infrastructure Projects Threaten Tropical Forests, Clark Researchers Find

Aerial view of a bauxite mine exploitation and aluminum production in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

Tropical forests in the Amazon, Indonesia, and Mesoamerica face multiple threats from mining, oil, and gas extraction and massive infrastructure projects over the next two decades, according to a study by Clark University researchers and their international colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This encroachment not only threatens forests and biodiversity but also indigenous and rural communities. More »

Clark Professor Helps Produce New Study on Climate Change Solutions

A comprehensive new study co-produced by a Clark University professor says that improving management of natural resources in the U.S. can help counter the effects of climate change. More »

Study of Arctic Algae 'Puts a Microscope Up to Climate Change'

Karen Frey aboard the research vessel

As summer sea ice retreats and eventually disappears in the Arctic waters off Alaska, scientists, including Marsh Institute researcher Karen Frey, studying phytoplankton predict changes in the species of algae present in the ocean water column, according to a paper featured as the cover article of Geophysical Research Letters in August. More »

NOAA Fellows Work to Protect Endangered Species Across the US

Anthony Himmelberger and Hannah Corney hold baby loggerhead turtles

Three Clark University undergraduates returned to campus after a summer conducting research aimed at protecting endangered species, from the Pacific Arctic to Florida's Gulf Stream waters.

Anthony Himmelberger '19, Sophie Spiliotopoulos '20, and Jess Strzempko '20 received summer research fellowships through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in collaboration with Clark's Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and George Perkins Marsh Institute. More »

From Ghost Cities to Land Fever, Researcher Probes the Complex Economy of China

Junfu Zhang standing in his office

As the winner of the 2018 Lincoln Institute China Program International Fellowship, Junfu Zhang, an urban economist at Clark University, is analyzing Chinese government policies that shape the country's rapid economic growth. More »

10 Years after Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation, Worcester's Urban Forest Blooms with Diversity

"… 'It was this catalyst to improve the quality, the quantity and condition of the urban forest in the city and in the quarantine zone as well,' said John Rogan, a geography professor at Clark University who has studied the impact of development and Asian longhorned beetles on the urban forest. 'We've got this large cohort of growing trees of multiple different species. That's better for wildlife, it's better for look, it's better for community, it's better for runoff retention...' 'And it's better for resilience to unexpected pests, blight, climate change, whatever is coming,' interjected Deborah G. Martin, a fellow geography professor at Clark who has studied the impact of the beetle." More »

Stakeholders Applaud Students' 'Valuable Work' on Greening the Gateway Cities


As a budding biologist in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Lohr '19 surveyed and mapped all the trees on her high school campus. Now an undergraduate at Clark University, she is pursuing her passion for trees on a much larger scale, through the Graduate School of Geography's HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) program. More »