Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome back- Fall 2012

Dear Environmental Studies Program community, 

Welcome back to BC! I hope that everyone had a great summer. 

As many of you know, I was on sabbatical last academic year. I lived with my family in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I was a visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury. Keep an eye on the ESP blog for more on our year in the Southern Hemisphere. Living in an island country gave me a new perspective on sustainable societies. I return to BC excited to build new opportunities for undergraduate students interested in environmental issues. 

The ESP had a new Visiting Assistant Professor start in January—Martha Carlson Mazur from the University of Michigan. Prof. Carlson Mazur’s research is on the interactions of hydrology, geomorphology, and plant ecology in coastal wetland and estuarine environments. Her office is Devlin 325 in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. Some of you will have met Dr. Carlson Mazur in GE203 last semester and others will meet her in her new course, Ecohydrology (GE420) or Environmental Systems: Ecosystems (GE202) this semester. If you have not yet met her, feel free to stop by her office to introduce yourself. 

Prof. Carlson Mazur and I will be leading an ESP fieldtrip to the Charles River on Thursday, September 27 from 1 to 5 pm. We will go canoeing and learn about river and wetland science and restoration. Look for more information about how to sign up for this fun environmental event in the next week or so. 

The ESP and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department will be co-sponsoring a showing of a new documentary called Switch on Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm in Devlin 008. This brand-new movie presents a comprehensive view of the issues associated with transitioning to a clean-energy future.

I am in the process of hiring a new graduate student assistant for the ESP. He or she will be available to answer your questions in the ESP office (Devlin 213). ES minors can always find out the latest information about course requirements and events on campus at the newly revised program website. Seniors—now is the time to make sure you are all set with the requirements for the minor! 

Have a great semester and be in touch if you have questions. 

Noah Snyder 
Director, Environmental Studies Program 
Devlin 213 
Boston College 
Office hours (fall 2012): Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3-4:30 in Devlin 320

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