George Perkins Marsh Institute


2018 NOAA Summer Internships

Scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering for a sixth year with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships in NOAA labs and offices, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student is overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager and advised by a Clark faculty mentor.

The 2018 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows are:


Anthony Himmelberger (Earth System Science '19) will work in Naples, Florida on the project "Assessing Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting Activity along the Cape Romano Complex Beaches". His Clark faculty mentor is Professor Karen Frey from the Graduate School of Geography.


Sophie Spiliotopoulos (Geography '20) will work in Silver Springs, Maryland on the project "Identifying and Summarizing Research: Marine Mammal Life History Traits". Professor Karen Frey will serve as her faculty mentor.


Jess Strzempko (Earth System Science '20) will work in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on the project "Age and Growth Studies of Endangered Atlantic Salmon". Her Clark faculty mentor is Professor Karen Frey from the Graduate School of Geography.

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.

Clark experts to serve as lead authors on report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Corn dying in a field because of parched earth from drought

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 »

Lyndon Estes' Nature article examines ecologists' methods, scales for collecting data

Lyndon Estes standing next to tree on Clark University campus

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 »

Director Rob Johnston Presents Research at National Academies Meeting on Forest Health

NOAA Fellows

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 »

Geller Student Fellowships Awarded to Eleven Students

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:

  • Bezawit Ayalew (BA Computer Science/Economics '19), Tiffany Kayo (BA Computer Science/Economics '19), and Christina Zymaris (BA Computer Science/Geography '19), "Reducing Rood Wastage at Clark University via Food Sharing Application (ClarkEats)" Faculty Mentor: John Magee
  • Kayleigh McHugh (BA Biology '19) and Olivia Barksdale (BA Environmental Science '19), "Recruitment Failure, Habitat Suitability, or Host Limitation: What Limits Margaritifera margaritifera in North-Central Massachusetts Streams?" Faculty Mentor: John Baker
  • Paige Myatt (MA International Development and Social Change '19), "Studying the Social and Environmental Impacts of Electric Pedicabs in Worcester, MA" Faculty Mentors: Chuck Agosta and Mary-Ellen Boyle
  • Roopa Krithivasan (PhD Geography '20), "Farmer-Wildlife Conflict as Consequences and Drivers of Land System Change in the Indian Himalayas" Faculty Mentors: Rinku Roy Chowdhury and John Rogan
  • Mario Machado (PhD Geography '20), "The Revolution within the Revolution: Understanding the Landscape and Livelihood Dynamics of the Cuban Agroecological Transition" Faculty Mentor: Rinku Roy Chowdhury
  • Helen Rosko (PhD Geography '21), "Climate Information Services for Development and Livelihoods: Investigating Adaptation Subjects in Mali" Faculty Mentor: Ed Carr
  • Dan Santos (PhD Geography '21), "Genome Engineering and Human-Environment Interactions: Implications for Sustainability?" Faculty Mentor: James Murphy
  • Laura Sauls (PhD Geography '19), "Constructing Territory: Regional Coalitions, International Environmental Governance, and the Quest for Development Alternatives in Mesoamerica" Faculty Mentor: Tony Bebbington

For full project descriptions, see the Geller Award web page. more >>