George Perkins Marsh Institute


Seminar Series 2018-19 Academic Year

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 the speaker is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired. The third seminar of the series is as follows:


Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture

"Practical Application of Economics in Evaluating the Benefits of Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem"
Thursday, November 15, 2018
12:15 – 1:15 pm
University Center, Lurie Conference Room

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Bebbingtons' Book Delves into 'Governing Extractive Industries'

In their recently published book, "Governing Extractive Industries: Politics, Histories, Ideas," Marsh Institute researchers Anthony Bebbington and Denise Humphreys Bebbington have joined with scholars in Africa and Latin America to ask how political histories and longstanding ideas about development influence contemporary natural resource governance. The book considers the relationships between political settlements and extractive industry and how these politics have affected who is, and is not, included in the benefits that can flow from natural resources. 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 »