George Perkins Marsh Institute


Marsh researchers partner with local community to investigate water quality issues

Professors Timothy Downs, Marianne Sarkis, and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger and nine students in IDCE's Environmental Science and Policy Program collaborated with residents of Holliston, MA and colleagues at other research institutions to explore the link between the town's water, manganese, and children's health. More »

Geller Student Fellowships Awarded to Five 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.

Five student projects were funded for 2019:

  • Benjamin Fash (PhD Geography '21), Networked Community Economies as Alternatives to Extractivism in Honduras, Faculty Mentor: Anthony Bebbington.
  • Jaclyn Guz (PhD Geography '21), Feedbacks Among Climatically-driven Disturbance Regimes in the Swiss Alps, Faculty Mentor: Dominik Kulakowski.
  • Sarah SanGiovanni (PhD Geography '21), Experimenting with Urban Sustainability Governance: EcoDistrict Planning in the Pittsburgh Metro Region, Faculty Mentors: Deborah Martin and James Murphy.
  • Mara van den Bold (PhD Geography '21), Greening Energy: The Politics of Solar Power in Senegal, Faculty Mentor: James McCarthy.
  • Su Ye (PhD Geography '20), Characterizing Bark Beetle Early Attack Using Multi-Sensor Time Series in the Pine-Spruce Forest of Northern Colorado, USA, Faculty Mentor: John Rogan.

For full project descriptions, see the Geller Award web page. More »

Nature Article Turns to Professor Williams for Expertise on Forests, Climate Change

Christopher-Williams sitting in chair in office

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 »

Grades Keep Slipping on the Arctic Report Card

Science, Alaska News, Arctic

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 »

Resource Extraction, Infrastructure Projects Threaten Tropical Forests, Clark Researchers Find

Aerial view of a bauxite mine exploitation and aluminum production in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

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 »

Clark Professor Helps Produce New Study on Climate Change Solutions

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 »

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 »