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. Please note that all lectures will take place from 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. Seminar dates and speakers are as follows:
David Newburn, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
William Burns, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, School of International Service, American University
Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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 »
This summer marks the seventh year Clark University students will put their education into practice through fellowships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through a collaboration with the University's Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and George Perkins Marsh Institute, NOAA has invited three Clark undergraduates to conduct research at sites in Florida, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
This year, for the first time, all of Clark's NOAA fellows will be mentored by the same professor. Karen Frey, associate professor of geography, will work with the students to ensure they are getting the most out of their NOAA experiences. The three were introduced at a May 1 luncheon held at the Mosakowski Institute.
“This program places [our students] in NOAA facilities all around the country,” explained James Gomes, director of the Mosakowski Institute. Previous NOAA fellows attended the reception as guests and advised the students to take advantage of the agency’s resources, including seminars and mentoring opportunities.
Robert Johnston, director of the Marsh Institute, stressed that the students would be gaining valuable experience in work that’s critically important. “Take it all in,” Johnston advised.
This year’s Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows are:
Pictured above, from left: Sophie Spiliotopoulos, Jess Strzempko, and Anthony Himmelberger.
For more information about Clark's NOAA Internship Program, contact Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at 508.751.4619 or Jim Gomes, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at 508.421.3872.
William Lynn, research scientist for Clark's George Perkins Marsh Institute, recently joined CBC Radio: The Current to share his thoughts on the ethics of humans' intervening between barred and spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest. More »
Massachusetts' Gateway Cities sport architectural reminders of their once-bustling industrial past: factories, warehouses, and ubiquitous triple-deckers, all built close to the street. What's often missing from this picture? Trees. More »
Professor Ed Carr and Professor Elizabeth Gilmore will serve as lead authors for the next major report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports are widely considered the most important scientific foundation for international politics on climate change. IPCC Assessment Reports provide all levels of governments with scientific information they can use to develop climate policies, and are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. More »
A study led by Clark University geographer Lyndon Estes and published this week in Nature Ecology and Evolution suggests how ecologists might employ better methods and scales for collecting data on ecological phenomena. More »
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington recently invited Robert Johnston, professor of economics, director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University and editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics, to present research to inform a study on "The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health." More »
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.
Eight student projects were funded for 2018:
For full project descriptions, see the Geller Award web page. more >>