The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library 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 seventh seminar of the series is as follows:
Morgan Ruelle, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE), Clark University
"Enhancing diversity for climate change: The future of legume varieties in Ethiopia"
Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:15 – 1:15 pm
University Center, Lurie Conference Room
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The Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Research Awards support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of natural resource and environmental sustainability and develop practical improvements that move society towards more sustainable outcomes. Remembering his own experience as an activist student researcher at Clark, Dr. Howard Geller (Science, Technology, and Society '77) hopes to support other Clark undergraduate and graduate students through these annual awards.
Five student projects were funded for 2019:
For full project descriptions, see the Geller Award web page. More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"… '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 »
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 »