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Seminar Series 2019-20 Academic Year

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2019-20 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:

Jenn Baka

Jenn Baka, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Penn State

"Cracking Appalachia: A Political-Industrial Ecology Perspective"

Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Geography
Thursday, November 21, 2019
University Center, Grace Conference Room

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Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards for Student Projects Relating to Sustainability

The Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of natural resource and environmental sustainability and develop practical improvements that can move society towards more sustainable outcomes. Clark University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, and are reviewed in separate competitions. Given the intent of the Geller Awards, proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • relevance to practical approaches of advancing sustainability
  • originality and innovation
  • clarity and feasibility of research plan
  • ways in which the project will contribute to linking knowledge to action
  • potential for the award to enable a project that may not be possible without it
  • evidence of meaningful interactions with a faculty mentor for the project and/or linkages to ongoing research (but not at the expense of originality and independence)
  • cost-effectiveness (i.e., whether the budget is reasonable)
  • a scope of work commensurate with the academic standing of the student (i.e., we expect that applications from graduate students will reflect a greater degree of academic experience and professionalism, compared to applications from undergraduate students).

An interdepartmental faculty committee that shares Howard Geller's interests in student research and activism for sustainability will select successful proposals. Subject to the number and quality of applications received, it is the intention of the committee to award one-half of both regular and small awards to undergraduate projects. We anticipate making approximately 3-4 regular awards in amounts ranging from $1,001 to $2,500, and several smaller grants, up to $1,000, each year. Requests for more than $2,500 will not be considered.

2020 Award Competition

The 2020 award competition is now open. Click here for more details.

Questions should be directed to Dana Bauer, Assistant Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

New Center Focused on Extractive Resources Research

The Clark Center for the Study of Natural Resource Extraction and Society was launched this past summer. Housed at the Marsh Institute, the center will serve as a space for faculty and students conducting research on extractive industries, infrastructure investment, energy, and agroindustry. The center is committed to cross-disciplinary approaches to research on resource extraction, with a particular focus on theory and methodology coming from political ecology, development studies, landscape ecology, and geographic information science and remote sensing. Principle researchers include Tony Bebbington (Geography), Denise Humphreys Bebbington (IDCE), and John Rogan (Geography). Currently housed at the center are post-doctoral researchers Nick Cuba and Laura Sauls.

The Sheila Navaila Onzere Memorial Fund

It is with great sadness that we communicate the passing of our friend and colleague Sheila Onzere. Sheila was a research scientist in the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL) at the Marsh Institute. She was a talented social scientist who made contributions to the fields of development, livelihoods, climate adaptation, and forest governance out of proportion to her all-too-short career. Sheila was also a singular colleague, supportive, kind, and collaborative to the core. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Donations can be made in her honor to The Sheila Navalia Onzere Memorial Fund for African Women Social Scientists.

Marsh Institute Researchers Receive New Grants

Marsh Institute Researcher Lyndon Estes (Geography), with collaborators from University of Arizona, University of California Santa Barbara, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “Linkages and Interactions between Urban Food Security and Rural Agricultural Systems.” The project will examine the challenges associated with meeting urban food demand due to population growth and the changing nature of food consumption patterns and will identify what types of urban places are most vulnerable to environmental impacts on local/regional crop production and what type of urban agglomerations can mitigate those impacts through food imports from distant areas.

Marsh Institute Researcher Karen Frey (Geography), with collaborators from University of Maryland, recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “The Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) – A Change Detection Array in the Pacific Arctic Region, 2019-2024” which will allow continued repeat sampling and more seasonally continuous data on sea ice, seawater temperature, and linked species composition and abundance. The goal of the project is to increase our understanding of the current status and developing trends for the Pacific Arctic Region ecosystem.

Marsh Institute Researcher Elisabeth Gilmore (IDCE), with collaborator Gillian Bowser of Colorado State University, recently received a workshop grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “Engaging Students in Science for International Decision Making.” This funding will provide an immersive three-part experience for students from multiple institutions on communicating science for decision making, including student-led presentations and outreach at the UN Framework Convention Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Santiago, Chile.

Marsh Institute Director Robert Johnston and Assistant Director Dana Bauer, with collaborators from Connecticut Sea Grant, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Woods Hole Sea Grant, New England Aquarium, National Marine Fisheries Service, and others, recently received a large, interdisciplinary grant from NOAA’s National Sea Grant program for the project “Advancing Southern New England Shellfish Aquaculture through an Engaged Public and Next Generation Tools.” The project will examine public values and support for prospective shellfish aquaculture expansion programs based on explicit outcomes (e.g., facility siting, local seafood production, economic impacts, environmental impacts) resulting from alternative development strategies.

Marsh Institute Researchers John Rogan (Geography) and Deborah Martin (Geography) received funds from the USDA Forest Service and Opacum Land Trust for the project “Tree Planting for Cooler Summers and Cleaner Air in Partnership with a Community Hospital, Outpatient Center and Land Trusts to Improve Health Conditions for High Risk Populations in Two Small, Low-income Cities.” The funds will enable Clark HERO Fellows to participate in a unique partnership-based tree planting and monitoring project in Ware and Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Marsh Institute Director Robert Johnston and collaborators from City University of New York and Florida Atlantic University received funding from NOAA’s National Sea Grant program for the project “Eliciting and Modeling Residential Lawn and Landscape Practices: Systematic Information to Assess Knowledge, Explicit Behavior, and Inform Management across the Long Island Sound Watershed” which will adapt and extend existing integrated models, experimental designs, and survey instruments to model the dynamics of lawn care behaviors across the Long Island Sound watershed.

New Team of HERO Fellows Works to Re-leaf Tree-deprived Neighborhoods

A team of HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) fellows is hard at work to help determine strategies for preserving trees in urban neighborhoods. The students join dozens of former fellows who have supported environmental projects across the state since the program's launch in 1999. More »