George Perkins Marsh Institute

Past Research Projects

The following are prior research projects (listed alphabetically by principal investigator) at the George Perkins Marsh Institute:

Energy and Materials Intensity of Investment in the Cement Industry
Principal Investigator: David Angel
The Global Shift in R&D Alliances: Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and the Quest for the 'Base of the Pyramid' (BOP) Markets
Principal Investigators: Yuko Aoyama, Clark University
Collaborator: Balaji Parthasarathy, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
Organizational Dynamics of the U.S. Logistics Industry: The Impacts of Inter-firm Networks, Technologies, and Globalization
Principal Investigators: Yuko Aoyama and Samuel Ratick
Assessment and Scoping of Infrastructure and Extractive Industries in Relation to Deforestation
Principal Investigators: Anthony Bebbington, Denise Humphreys Bebbington, and John Rogan
Extractive Industries, Conflict and the Possibilities of Development in the Andes
Principal Investigator: Anthony Bebbington
Extractive Industry, Decentralization and Development: An Andean Comparative Study
Principal Investigator: Anthony Bebbington
Mapping Overlaps between Extractive Industries, Water and Agriculture in Ghana and Peru
Principal Investigator: Anthony Bebbington & John Rogan
Research and Knowledge Mobilization on the Extractive Industries: Institutionalizing a Cross-Regional Network
Principal Investigator: Anthony Bebbington
Tracking the Politics of Natural Resources and Inclusive Development Over Time
Principal Investigator: Anthony Bebbington
Emergence of an Institution for Sustainable Development: Cross-country Study of the Global Reporting Initiative
Principal Investigator: Halina S. Brown
Women's Leadership, Agency and Voice: Promoting Gender Justice within Community-Based Tenure System
Principal Investigators: Cynthia Caron and Denise Humphreys Bebbington
Building Resiliency and Adaption to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED)
Principal Investigators: Edward Carr and Sheila Onzere
Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Uptake
Principal Investigator: Edward Carr
Mali Climate Change Adaption Activity
Principal Investigators: Edward Carr and Sheila Onzere
Pathways to Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa
Principal Investigators: Edward Carr and Sheila Onzere
Governing to Maintain Legacies: Urban Governance, Policies and the Long-term Impacts of the Olympics
Principal Investigator: Mark Davidson
Biodiversity of the Gulf of Maine
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Communicating the Science of Ecosystem Services to Policymakers and Managers: A Communication Training
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Ecosystem Based Roadmap
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Indicators for Ecosystem Health in New England
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Introduction to Qualitative Research for Coastal Training Program Coordinators at National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERRS) sites
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP): Local Decision-Makers' Conceptualizations of Municipal Water Resource Management
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Understanding Ecosystem Health to Advance Marine Ecosystem Based Management in the Gulf of Maine
Principal Investigator: Verna DeLauer
Estimating Sustainable Limits of Incidental Mortality for Data-poor Marine Wildlife
Principal Investigator: Peter Dillingham
National Children's Study
Co-Principal Investigators: Timothy Downs and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger
Strengthening Vulnerable Communities in the Worcester Built Environment
Co-Principal Investigators: Timothy Downs and Laurie Ross
Analysis and Interpretation of Hyperspectral Imagery for Mapping Distributions of Fraxinus Species and Emerald Ash Borer Host Trees
Principal Investigator: J. Ronald Eastman
Differential Effects of ENSO over the Southern Africa Region: Physical and Socioeconomic Manifestations
Principal Investigator: J. Ronald Eastman
Gypsy Moth Risk Mapping for Uninfested Portions of the United States
Principal Investigator: J. Ronald Eastman
Land-use Modeling and Prediction for Biodiversity Conservation in the Andes
Principal Investigator: J. Ronald Eastman
Spatial Monitoring of Trends in Biodiversity through Time Series Analysis of High Temporal Resolution Remotely Sensed Imagery
Principal Investigator: J. Ronald Eastman
A Study of the Effects of Environmental Organizations on the US Gold Mining Industries
Principal Investigator: Jacque Emel
Mining FDI, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Principal Investigator: Jody Emel
Shared Worlds 2015
Principal Investigator: Anita Fabos
Cooperative Agreement to Disseminate Information, Build Awareness and Stimulate Emerging Industrial Strategies for Sustainable Development
Principal Investigator: Kurt Fischer
Greening of Industry
Principal Investigator: Kurt Fischer
AIDS2031: Social Drivers of the Epidemic's Cluster
Principal Investigator: William Fisher
Bridging Barriers: Meeting Youth Immigrant and Refugee Health Needs in Worcester, MA
Principal Investigator: Ellen Foley
Collaboration to Develop Community-Based Capabilities for Civil Societies
Principal Investigator: Dick Ford
Collaborative Research: A Workshop to Draft the Implementation Plan for the Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Initiative - Winnipeg, October 2010
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
Collaborative Research: Investigating the Influence of Sea-surface Variability on Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Outlet Glacier Behavior using Records from Disko Bugt, West Greenland
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
Collaborative Research: Pacific-Arctic Carbon Synthesis - Transformations, Fluxes, and Budgets
Co-Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
Collaborative Research: Toward a Circumarctic Lakes Observation Network (CALON)
Co-Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
Impacts of Sea Ice Variability and Polynya Formation
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
An Interdisciplinary Study of Recent Ice Sheet Melt, Sea Ice Decline and Enhanced Ocean Biological Productivity Along the Amundsen Coast, West Antarctica
Co-Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
The Polaris Project: Rising Stars in the Arctic
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
The Polaris Project II: Amplifying the Impact
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
The Potential Impacts of Sea Ice Decline and River Discharge Shifts on Biological Productivity in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
Satellite Observations of Sea Ice Variability and Primary Production in the Pacific Sector of the Arctic Ocean
Principal Investigator: Karen Frey
Multiple Scattering Within Snow and Ice and Its Implications for Elevation Retrievals From ICESat-2 Data
Principal Investigator: Alex Gardner
Pixeling the Social: Using Remotely Sensed Information in Social Science Models NASA/New Investigator Program
Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Geoghegan
Biologically-based Risk Modeling with a Focus on Cellular Repair Mechanisms for Radiation-induced Damage
Principal Investigator: Robert Goble
Community Based Hazard Management
Principal Investigators: Robert Goble, Octavia Taylor, and Seth Tuler
Highly Uncertain Risks: Prospects for Improved Assessment and Management
Co-Principal Investigators: Robert Goble, Dale Hattis, Roger Kasperson, and Seth Tuler
Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities
Principal Investigator: Robert Goble
A Comprehensive Study of Visitor Safety in the National Park Safety
Principal Investigator: Dominic Golding
Visitor Risk in the National Parks
Principal Investigator: Dominic Golding
Determinants of Environmental Compliance
Principal Investigator: Wayne Gray
Environmental Regulation and Productivity Benefits in the Paper Industry
Principal Investigator: Wayne Gray
Why Do Plants Comply with Environmental Regulation? The Importance of Enforcement Activity, Abatement Costs, and Community Pressures
Principal Investigator: Wayne Gray
Age-related Differences in Susceptibility to Carcinogenesis
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Comparison of Carcinogenic Potencies in Animals and Humans: Pilot Project for Developing and Validating Methodology
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Evaluate Differences in Pharmacokinetic Handling
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Dosimetry
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Evaluate the Differences in Pharmacokinetic Handling of Chemicals between Children and Adults
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Evaluate Human Interindividual Variability & Uncertainty in Health Risk Assessment of Particulate Pollutants
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Interspecies Differences and Human Inter-individual Variability in Tissue-level Pharmacokinetic Parameters
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Methods for Evaluating Human Interindividual Variability and Uncertainty in Health Risk Assessment of Particulate Pollutants
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
PBPK Model Development and Use in Support of the IRIS Assessment for Acrylamide
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Quantitative Analysis of Empirical Data on Age-related Susceptibility to Carcinogenesis from Non-mutagenic Carcinogens
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Work with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to evaluate differences in pharmacokinetic handling of chemicals between children and adults
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
Risk Analysis for Developmental Effects of Chlorpyrifos
Principal Investigator: Dale Hattis
EcoTarium Clean Energy
Principal Investigator: Scott Jiusto
Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem Service Resilience in Northeast Coastal Communities: Quantifying Economic Values and Tradeoffs for Regional Decision Support
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
DNREC Economic Analysis of the Delaware Bay Shoreline
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
Economic and Social Science Tools for Ecosystem-based Management
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
Improved Valuation of Ecological Benefits Associated with Aquatic Living Resources: Development and Testing of Indicator-Based Stated Preference Valuation and Transfer
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
Long-Term Health Effects, Risk/Risk Perceptions, and Implications for Agricultural Product Markets: Modeling Consumption Patterns for Aquacultured Seafood
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
Public Transit Design for Smart Growth: Using Choice Experiments to Quantify Tradeoffs, Values and Funding Implications
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
Research Conference: Integrated Economic Analysis of Ecosystem Services for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Johnston
Sustaining Coastal Landscapes and Community Benefits: Developing an Interdisciplinary Model for Enhancing the Impact of NERRS Science
Principal Investigators: Robert Johnston and Verna DeLauer
Industrial Restructuring & Corporate Risk Management
Principal Investigators: Roger E. Kasperson/Wayne Gray
Encouraging the Use of Risk Concepts in Performance-Based Building and Fire Regulation Development
Principal Investigator: Roger E. Kasperson
Sustainability Science: From Knowledge into Action
Principal Investigator: Roger E. Kasperson
Collaborative Research: Spruce Beetle and Wildfire Interactions Under Varying Climate in the Rockies
Principal Investigator: Dominik Kulakowski
Wildfire and Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in Subalpine Forests
Principal Investigator: Dominik Kulakowski
Legalizing Community: Lawyers and Citizen Activism in Neighborhood Disputes
Principal Investigator: Deborah Martin
RCN-SEES: Sustainable Energy Systems
Co-Investigator: Abigail Mechtenberg
The Role of Information-Communication Technologies in Enterprise Development and Industrial Change in Africa: Evidence from South Africa and Tanzania
Principal Investigator: James Murphy
The Socio-spatial Aspects of Industrial Change in Bolivia: Manufacturers, Regions, and the Prospects for Global Value Chain Integration
Principal Investigator: James Murphy
Continued Support of the Undergraduate Component of the HERO Program
Principal Investigator: Colin Polsky
Decision Center for a Desert City II: Urban Climate Adaptation
Principal Investigator: Colin Polsky
Pathways for Reducing the Vulnerability of Water Resources to Climate Change and Urbanization Through Land-use Planning: Comparisons Across Portland and Phoenix Metropolitan Areas
Principal Investigator: Colin Polsky
REU Site: Land Change and Vulnerability Studies in New England: The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO)
Principal Investigator: Colin Polsky
Associate Director: Verna DeLauer
Suburbanization, Water-Use, Nitrogen Cycling and Eutrophication in the 21st Century: Interactions, Feedbacks and Uncertainties in a Massachusetts Coastal Zone
Principal Investigator: Colin Polsky and Robert Pontius
Forest Futures
Principal Investigator: R. Gil Pontius
H.E.R.O. REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates
Principal Investigator: Gil Pontius
Integrated, Ecological-Economic Modeling of Watersheds and Estuaries at Multiple Scales
Principal Investigator: Gil Pontius
LTER: PIE: Interactions between External Drivers, Humans and Ecosystems in Shaping Ecological Process in a Mosaic of Coastal Landscapes and Estuarine Seascapes
Principal Investigator: R. Gil Pontius
Assessment and Development of Census View
Principal Investigators: Samuel Ratick and Colin Polsky
Determining the Vulnerability of Populations to Mercury
Principal Investigator: Samuel J. Ratick
Social Constituencies for Adirondacks Ecologies
Principal Investigator: Dianne Rocheleau
Ecosystem-level Response to Large Scale Disturbance in Southern Yucatan
Principal Investigator: John Rogan
Geographic Analysis of the Territorial Overlap between Extractive Industries and Livelihoods in Honduras
Principal Investigator: John Rogan
Co-Investigator: Nick Cuba
REU: Mapping Beetles, Trees, Neighborhoods, and Policies: A Multi-Scaled, Urban Ecological Assessment of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion in New England (HERO)
Principal Investigator: John Rogan, Deborah Martin and Verna DeLauer
Action Research on a Collaborative, Multi-pronged Approach to Prevent and Reduce Youth and Gang Violence in Worcester, MA
Principal Investigator: Laurie Ross
Collaborative Research: Ecological Homogenization of Urban America
Principal Investigator at Clark University: Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Collaborative Principal Investigators: Peter Groffman (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), Morgan Grove (USDA Forest Service), Sarah Hobbie, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Kristen Nelson (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), Sharon Hall, Kelli Larson (Arizona State University), James Hefferman, Laura Ogden (Florida International University), Christopher Neill (Marine Biological Laboratory), Diane Pataki (University of California-Irvine), and Colin Polsky (Florida Atlantic University)
Vulnerability Assessment of Mangrove Forests in the Americas
Principal Investigator: Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Plan and Development Study of Renewable Energy Education and Outreach
Principal Investigator: Joseph Sarkis
Diffusion of Emerging Energy Technologies
Principal Investigator: Jennie Stephens
RAPID: Collaborative Research: Post-Sandy Discourse about Energy Infrastructure and Security
Principal Investigator: Jennie Stephens
Collaborative Research: Smart Grid: An Analysis of How Socio-Political Contexts Shape Energy Technology Development and Policy
Principal Investigator: Jennie Stephens
Type 2: Cycling in the Environment: Regional-Scale Modeling of the Linkages and Feedbacks Among Atmospheric, Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Socio-Economic Processes that Influence Climate at the Decadal Scale
Principal Investigator: Jennie Stephens
The Application of a Nuclear Risk Management Toolbox to a Consortium of DOE Site Communities
Principal Investigator: Octavia Taylor
Redressing the Shortcomings of Science by Assessing Public Health Studies
Principal Investigator: Octavia Taylor
Demonstrating a Risk-Based Approach to Rapid Vulnerability Assessment in New England Fishery Communities
Principal Investigator: Seth Tuler; Co-PI's: Tom Webler, Colin Polsky
Pilot Study on Fishing and Related Activities and Environmental Justice Issues in the Northeast
Principal Investigator: Seth Tuler
Center for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change Project (CIS-HDGC)
Principal Investigator: B.L. Turner II
Land-use and Land-cover Change in the Southern Yucatan Peninsular Region (LCLUC-SYPR)
Principal Investigators: B.L. Turner II
Systems of Integrated Research, Assessment & Decision Support for Global Environmental Change SUST
Principal Investigator: B.L. Turner II
Infrastructure to Develop a Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Network
Principal Investigator: B.L. Turner II
HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory Network
Principal Investigator: B.L. Turner II
The Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Coupled Human-Environment Systems in the Southern Yucatán Peninsular Region: A Transition Effort
Principal Investigator: B.L. Turner II
Landscape Resilience-Vulnerability in the Southern Yucatán Peninsular Region: Land Cover/Land Use Change
Co-Principal Investigators: B.L. Turner II, J. Ronald Eastman, and John Rogan
Albedo Trends Related to Land Cover Change and Disturbance: A Multi-sensor Approach
Co-Principal Investigator at Clark University Christopher A. Williams
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Masek (NASA GSFC Biospheric Sciences)
Co-Investigator: Feng Gao, Yanmin Shuai (Earth Resources Technology, Inc.)
Co-Is / Institutional PIs: Crystal Schaaf (Boston University Geography); Christopher A. Williams (Clark University Geography)
Carbon Dioxide and Water Flux Response to Extreme Weather and Climate Anomalies: A Fluxnet Syntheses
Principal Investigator: Chris Williams
Impacts of Disturbance History on Carbon Fluxes and Stocks in North America
Principal Investigator: G. James Collatz (NASA GSFC, Biospheric Sciences)
Co-Principal Investigators: Jeffrey G. Masek (NASA GSFC, Biospheric Sciences), Christopher A. Williams (Clark University)
Quantification of the Regional Impact of Terrestrial Processes on the Carbon Cycle Using Atmospheric Inversions
Project Principal Investigator at Clark University Christopher A. Williams
Principal Investigator: Ken Davis (Penn State Atmospheric Sciences)
Co-Principal Investigators: G. James Collatz (NASA GSFC, Biospheric Sciences); Tristram West (Pacific Northwest National Lab); Stephen Ogle (Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab); Andrew Schuh (Colorado State University Atmospheric Sciences); Natasha Miles (PSU); Scott Richardson (PSU); Thomas Lauvaux (PSU); Martha Butler (PSU)
I-Choose: Building Information Sharing Networks to Support Consumer Choice
Principal Investigator: Jing Zhang