Thursday, December 12, 2013

Weekly Announcements 12/12

Dear Environmental Studies Minors,

Please find the this week’s announcements below.

Good luck with finals in the coming week and have a great break! If over break you are thinking about how to spend your summer, you may want to consider one of the internships or research opportunities we have included below.

The Environmental Studies program now has a Facebook page.  Like it today at  We promise not to flood your newsfeed with updates will but keep you informed about both the most important ESP events and relevant local, national, and global environmental news stories.

Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
1.       Internship with Bald Head Island Conservancy
2.       Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates
3.       Harvard Forest Research Program in Ecology
4.       Additional Resources for Research Experiences for Undergraduates
5.       Study Montana Wildlife this Summer

On Campus Forums and Presentations
1.       Forum with Helen Mountford – “Prcing Carbon and Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Implementing Effective Climate Policies” – 1/15
2.       Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College

Graduate School Opportunities
1.       Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
2.       PhD Research and Teaching Assistantship, University of Vermont: Human Health and the Environment
3.       PhD Funding at the National University of Singapore

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       Physics of Sustainable Energy Resources Conference
2.       Exhibition on Climate Change at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, and Travel Opportunities
1.       Immersion Trips with Food First
2.       Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange
3.       Internship with Environment America
4.       Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
5.       Green Corps Environmental Training Program
6.       Environment Massachusetts


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Fall 2013 Office Hours: Monday 9:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm, and Thursday 12:00-5:00pm

Bald Head Island is a beautiful barrier island located off the southeast coast of North Carolina.  The Bald Head Island Conservancy is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1983.  The Conservancy's mission is barrier island conservation, preservation and education.  It is located in a unique area within the Smith Island Complex which includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.  The Conservancy sponsors and facilitates scientific research that benefits coastal communities and provides numerous educational and recreational activities to the public.

Each summer the Conservancy offers internships to rising juniors, seniors or recent graduates from any accredited college or university, with majors in biology, marine biology, environmental science, education, or a related course of study. The Conservancy’s internship program includes environmental education interns, kayak guide/environmental education interns, sea turtle interns and wildlife interns.  The internship program is intended to give undergraduates not only firsthand experience in their fields, but also experience in working at a small non-profit organization.  The deadline for internship applications is February 1, 2014.

If you are aware of any Boston College students who may be interested in the Conservancy’s internship program, please encourage them to apply. Information about Bald Head Island, the Conservancy and the internship program/applications can be found at the following sites.

BHI Conservancy:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the BHI Conservancy .

The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) invites you to Apply Now for the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Program.

The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) program provides undergraduate students of all majors with a global understanding of ecology and environmental sustainability. The SEE-U program gives you the opportunity to participate in a combination of lectures and labs, while conducting environmental fieldwork in unique natural settings around the world.

- Takes place in environmental hotspots or human impacted field sites.
- Earn 6 points of science credit from Columbia University in just 5 weeks.
- Designed for students of all majors.  No prerequisites required to enroll.
- Students at all colleges and universities may apply*

Special fellowship funding is available from EICES. 

SEE-U is held in beautiful, yet human impacted, ecological settings.
*You are responsible for confirming that the credits from the SEE-U program are transferable and may be applied to your current academic program. If you have any questions or if your academic advisor would like to speak with one of our faculty members please contact us.
Interested in Learning More?  Contact EICES at: or 212-854-0149

Harvard Forest is offering an exciting summer program for up to 22 undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research.

The strict deadline for this program is February 7th, 2014.

Applications are currently being accepted on-line and complete details are listed on the website:

Program dates for 2014 are May 26 - August 8, 2014.

Northwest Connections | Swan Valley, Montana

November 2013
Is your goal to become a wildlife professional?
Leave the classroom behind and come experience Wildlife in the West
(9 Upper-Division Credits).

Study Canada lynx, bull trout, wolves, and grizzly bears in a field program that prepares students to succeed in their future roles as wildlife managers and researchers. You will learn field methods of monitoring wildlife and the ecosystems they depend upon, as well as the complex social and political processes that determine the outcomes of wildlife conservation. By combining field ecology skills with exposure to key wildlife professionals, landowners, agency officials, and other citizen stakeholders, Wildlife in the West gives you direct access to wildlife conservation in a real-time, real-world experience that will prime you for your future endeavors after graduation.

This lynx was captured and collared in Montana’s high country as part of a long-term research project in the Seeley-Swan Valley.

To read more about this program, take a look at our blog from last year's program at or check out our game camera footage of rare wolf and grizzly bear interaction.

By the time Wildlife in the West begins, the snow will have melted out of the valley bottom and we'll be able to view tracks in spring's best tracking medium: mud.

Apply by Feb. 1st for a $250 tuition break!
Scholarships are available. To learn more, contact:
Andrea Stephens
Education Program Coordinator
(406) 203-6408

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the wolverine as a threatened species under the ESA with a final determination to be made in Feb 2014 - stay tuned. NwC works through the winter to monitor this species, and other forest carnivores, in the Swan and Mission Mountains.
Wildlife in the West
May 22—June 25
9 upper-division semester credits
• Field Ecology of Threatened & Endangered Species
• Wildlife Policy & Rural Communities
• Community-Based Approaches to Wildlife Conflict Management

Instructor Rebekah Rafferty hauls elk meat to a carnivore bait station.
We encourage students to contact some of our alumni for their unique student perspective:

University of Vermont

Josh Blouin

Humboldt State University

See instructor Adam Lieberg's recent game camera footage!

Check out NwC's Facebook page for the latest news!
Northwest Connections integrates Science, Education and Community
in the Conservation of Rural Working Landscapes.

Northwest Connections
P.O. Box 1309 | Swan Valley, MT 59826
Tel: (406) 754-3185
Fax: (406) 754-3330

Photo credits: top - Gusty Clarke; left - Adam Lieberg, Rebekah Rafferty, Louis Shahan; right - Leah Swartz, Cassie March, Adam Lieberg.

NSF REU listings

Ecology REUs and other summer research opportunities

Biology REUs

Co-Sponsored with the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Day: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Location: Devlin 201

Helen Mountford became Deputy Director for the Environment at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in October 2010. Helen. Mountford joined the OECD in 1997, and was Head of the Division on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Development from 2006-2010. Her work at OECD has included a leading role in the preparation of the 2001 and 2008 OECD Environmental Outlook reports, as well as analysis of policies in the areas of water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, market-based instruments, and reform of environmentally harmful subsidies. Helen Mountford developed analysis on the economic crisis and green growth that underpinned a 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth, which was adopted by Ministers of Finance and Economy, and is leading the OECD work of fossil fuel subsidies that has been an input to discussions by G20 Leaders’ in 2009 and 2010. Prior to joining the OECD, Helen Mountford managed a local recycling company in the UK and worked for an environmental NGO in Australia.

Students are invited to present their GIS mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College. Prizes will be awarded to the top student entries which will be displayed in the O’Neill Library lobby on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014.  See full details at:

Application Update
We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2014 application for admission to the Masters programs at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is now live. You can access the application here. Please make sure to submit all of your materials no later than December 15, 2013 in order to be given full consideration for admission. 

Financial Aid Update
In order to be considered for scholarships, all applicants must submit the F&ES financial aid application by February 15, 2014. U.S. students must also submit the 2014-15 FAFSA by this deadline.
Applicants who submit late or incomplete applications for financial aid will not be considered for scholarship. The financial aid application will be available in mid-October.

Anyone that submits an application for admission will also be granted access to the outside scholarship database. This is a great resource for students looking for additional scholarship support, and we strongly encourage you to look at this database before you receive your admission decision!

Ph.D. Research and Teaching Assistantship, University of Vermont: Human Health and the Environment

 Application Deadline: Applications are due to the UVM Graduate College by February 1st; letters of interest and supporting materials are due to Dr. Vatovec by January 20th

Position: PhD Assistantship; Three years of funding available (research and teaching assistantship) with a goal of securing project funding for the duration of the students’ program.

Project background: Dr. Christine Vatovec has funding available for one doctoral-level student to conduct environmental health social science research that is related to medical care.  Current projects focus on two areas regarding the interplay between human health and the environment: 1) the socio-ecological consequences of medical care, and 2) the human health benefits of nature contact.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will work with Dr. Vatovec to develop a research protocol, apply for grant funding, conduct field research (e.g. interviews, observations), analyze data, and prepare publications and presentations for academic and lay audiences.  The position is for a minimum of three years during which time the student will serve as a teaching assistant (10 hours/week) and research assistant (10 hours/week).

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a background in environmental studies or a related discipline, and an interest in environmental health, social science research, and qualitative methodology.  While not required, preference will be given to applicants who have earned a MPH, or are interested in participating in the Certificate in Public Health program ( at UVM.

To apply: Interested applicants should submit the following materials to Dr. Vatovec by January 20th:
1.      A letter of interest (two pages, maximum) that outlines the applicant’s professional interest in environmental health and career plans, why earning a PhD the best path for achieving your career goals, and experience with qualitative social science methods,
2.      the names and contact information of three references,
3.      unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores, and
4.      your current CV (please include your GPA from your current or most recently completed graduate studies).  
In addition, applicants will need to apply to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Graduate School before February 1st (Graduate application process). In your application, be sure to state your preference for working with Dr. Vatovec. If you would like to discuss this assistantship before applying, please contact Dr. Vatovec.


The QS World University rankings (2013) place National University Singapore (NUS) in the top 25 universities in the world and number one in Asia.  In the same rankings, the Department of Geography, NUS, is ranked in the top ten Geography programmes globally.

The Tropical Environmental Change (TEC) research group in the Department of Geography, NUS, currently comprises around 35 faculty and graduate research students whose interests focus on the dynamic nature of geo-ecological processes and the human dimensions of low latitude (tropical) regimes.  Such regimes are amongst the least studied and therefore most poorly understood on Earth.

Several fully funded scholarships (fees and maintenance) of up to four years are currently available in the TEC research group in the Department to support research and training to the award of a PhD.  Opportunities also exist to apply for additional funding to support fieldwork and laboratory costs, if relevant, to participate in international conferences and to contribute to the Department’s teaching programmes. 

Graduate research students in TEC follow a semi-structured programme, which involves a taught component in the first two years of registration.  The programme allows a PhD student to acquire and develop to a high standard both subject-specific and transferable skills, thus enabling a student to access a broad range of future employment opportunities – in business, industry, consultancy, education, research etc.  For information on how to become a PhD student at one of the world’s top universities in one of the most culturally diverse and technologically advanced cities in the world, and on enriching careers following your PhD, see:

Please note that there are two application deadlines each year: 1 November and 15 May (for entrance in, respectively, August and January of the year following the application deadline).  For further information, please contact in the first instance Ms Pauline Lee (email ).  Pauline is the administrator in the Department with responsibility for providing support to the Graduate Studies programme in Geography.

TEC faculty are particularly interested to receive applications from suitably qualified candidates (excellent performances in bachelor’s and master’s degrees in relevant subjects) that relate directly to the topics/themes listed below.  We are also happy to consider enquiries and applications within the broad field of Tropical Environmental Change from suitably qualified applicants.  In the case of the latter, applicants are advised from early in the process of writing their PhD proposal to consult with a member of TEC faculty whose research interests most closely match their own.  For further advice, including whom among the TEC faculty might be best able to help develop a proposal, please contact Professor David Taylor ( ) – Chair of TEC.

PhD topics/themes currently open to applicants
(for further details on specific topics/themes please contact the PI(s) listed):

1) Reconstruction of Palaeoflood histories on mainland SE Asian Rivers
(PI: Professor Alan Ziegler, email:

This PhD develops preliminary work in TEC by Profs Ziegler, Higgitt, Oliver, Wasson examining river bank stratigraphies to develop a timeline of flood occurrences during the past millennia.  In particular the work will explore the possibility of a breakdown of the Indian Ocean Monsoon during the Little Ice Age, then it's restrengthening in the last 100-200 years.  Fieldwork will be conducted in at least the following countries: Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmar.  Analyses will involve 14C and OSL dating.  Other analyses could involve hydrological modeling and comparison of the flood record against including tree ring and speleothem archives.  This work has implications for understanding potential changes in flood occurrences with plausible impending climate change

2) Linking Health and Environment- Ecology, Epidemiology and Geography of Infectious Diseases
(PI: Assistant Professor Wang Yi-Chen, email: )

Disease transmission requires a susceptible host to encounter an infected host or vector, thereby is an inherently spatial process. Factors affecting the spatial distributions of pathogens, hosts, and vectors, and their likelihood of close encountering, are thus critical for understanding the dynamics of diseases. PhD projects under this research theme will be cross-cutting and expand the work done by both the physical and human geographers of the Department (i.e., Dr Wang, Prof Taylor, Dr Feng, Dr. Grundy-Warr, Prof Ziegler) to examine the ecology, epidemiology and geography of infectious disease (including, but not limited to, malaria, opisthorchiasis, schistosomiasis, and clonorchiasis), with the applications of GIS, remote sensing and other spatial analysis techniques. Topics may include: environmental and/or social determinants of disease prevalence and transmission; spatial analysis and modeling of disease risks; landscape influences on the spatial variation in disease prevalence; and impacts of land change on disease ecology. Interested students with ecology, physical geography, and GIS/remote sensing background are encouraged to apply.

3) Coastal hazard vulnerability in the Gulf of Thailand assessed from the Holocene frequency of high-energy inundation deposits
(PI: Associate Professor James Terry, email: )

Scientific data underpinning coastal hazard assessments is often of poor quality or limited historical extent in the SE Asian region, where most records extend back for only the last 200 years or so.  To truly understand the coastal hazards we are exposed to we need information that extends well beyond the historical record.  Unfortunately, it is not always easy to recognize the hazards that a low-lying coastal area faces, either because there may be no previous memory of large-magnitude, destructive events from which we might learn valuable lessons, or because people are, for various reasons, unaware of the area’s geological past.

The primary goal of this PhD project is to improve understanding of the magnitude-frequency of large coastal inundation events in the Gulf of Thailand, that potentially threaten the deltaic megacity of Bangkok and other Thai coastal cities.  Occurring over centennial timescales, severe coastal floods may be generated by intense storms or tsunamis.  For teasing out the palaeo-record into the Holocene epoch, sedimentological analysis of coastal deposits remains among the most valuable approaches.

An exciting new method growing in importance is to carry out detailed examination of large coastal clasts for illuminating the characteristics of the high-energy waves that emplaced them.  This is especially applicable to tropical coastlines, where datable carbonate blocks torn up from coral reefs are thrown up onto exposed coastal platforms during storms and tsunamis.  Such types of deposits have obvious advantages in terms of identification and sampling, compared to more elusive layers of fine sands that might be difficult to locate if buried in mangrove swamps, obscured by shoreline vegetation or submerged underwater in lagoons.  Laboratory dating using Uranium-series techniques provides a timetable back through pre-history of major coastal inundation events.

The significance of obtaining such data for the Gulf of Thailand is clear to see.  Not only will the information be of value to government departments and disaster agencies tasked with assessing current coastal vulnerability, it will also help in the science of projecting risk scenarios into the future as sea levels continue rising in the region through eustatic change and deltaic subsidence.

4) Understanding human impacts on climate caused by urban development
(PIs: Associate Professor Matthias Roth, email:  & Assistant Professor Winston Chow, email:  )

PhD projects under this research theme investigate the broad question of how land-use and land cover changes affect local climates with a particular focus on cities and the role they play in climate change. Our group uses experimental approaches (observations in the field and application of numerical climate models) to study various aspects of the urban climate, including (i.) the development of the urban heat island (UHI) effect and its consequent impacts on exposure to thermal discomfort, (ii.) cycling of heat, mass and carbon dioxide as well as (iii.) fundamental flow and turbulence properties. Our laboratory is primarily Singapore, an increasingly important hub for urban climate research in the tropics. Findings from this research are important to improve our understanding of the physical transfer processes and energy balance in the urban environment, as well as in assessing the vulnerability of urban populations towards detrimental impacts of urban climate change. Applications include the prediction of the exchanges of energy and moisture at the surface, dispersion of pollutants, cycling of atmospheric trace species that play a key role in climate change or human thermal comfort and climate sensitive urban design.

Interested students with strong science backgrounds as well as those with prior training in atmospheric sciences, climatology or physical geography are encouraged to apply. The development and completion of own research agenda, leading to scientific publications is strongly encouraged.

5) Agent-based modeling in CyberGIS
(PI: Assistant Professor Feng Chen-Chieh, email: )

Agent-based modeling (ABM) is a powerful approach for simulating social and natural systems. It enables exploring a wide range of geographical and more broadly social sciences issues facing society. With the emergence of “spatial big data” that come in large volume and fine granularity, and CyberGIS that is capable of handling these spatial big data, it is now possible to carry out micro-simulation on a large spatial and temporal extent. ABM in CyberGIS thus makes it possible to offer researchers and policy makers more realistic rendition of spatial dynamic systems of interest and explore key trends in these systems that carry policy implications.

Projects under this research theme include the development of new ABM formalisms and algorithms in CyberGIS, techniques for handling spatial big data, and tools for visualizing high-dimensional data sets, as well as their applications various urban issues, such as urban transportation and accessibility. Interested students with strong GIS and modeling background are encouraged to apply.

6)  The role of mangroves in coastal management (PI: Assistant Professor Daniel Friess, email: )

Mangroves provide a multitude of important ecosystem services, supporting the livelihoods of millions of people in Southeast Asia, though are suffering rapid decline. Research in the Mangrove Lab at NUS Geography focuses on the geomorphological, ecological and social factors that affect mangrove stability and ecosystem service provision, using field-based and remote sensing techniques. We are particularly interested in research that puts mangroves into a wider coastal management perspective.

Topics may include 1) quantification and modelling of mangrove ecosystem services (e.g. carbon) under different management scenarios, 2) mangrove geomorphology and its effect on ecosystem service provision, 3) mangrove geomorphology and sea level rise, 4) geomorphological, ecological and social factors contributing to mangrove restoration, and 5) remote sensing of mangrove land cover change. Current study locations include Singapore, Sulawesi (Indonesia) and Thailand, though there is potential to expand research to The Philippines and Sri Lanka. Students will be expected to work closely with our regional University and NGO partners. Students with an interest in ecology, physical geography and/or GIS/remote sensing are encouraged to apply. For more information on current projects and students see

7) Determining the form and level of anthropogenic impacts on freshwater lakes in tropical Asia, and the rate and nature of past recovery phases.
(PI: Professor David Taylor, email: )

This PhD project will utilize a largely palaeolimnological (lake sediments-based) approach at a selection of lakes in the Philippines that span a range of degrees of anthropogenic modification. Information generated by the project will provide a basis for allied research aimed at anticipating future aquatic conditions, including factors that could potentially confound recovery and efforts at restoration.

Key research questions underpinning the PhD research are likely to include:
1)      What are the principal ecological pressures linked to human activity and how have these pressures varied over the last c. 500 years?
2)      Is there evidence in the lake sediment records of past periods of ecological recovery and if so what was the context for this recovery and over what period of time did it take place?
3)      To what extent do aquatic ecological pressures, including climate change and variability, internal lake processes (e.g. lake turnover events) etc, interact resulting in synergistic effects, and do particular catchment conditions – e.g. particular soil, land cover and topographic characteristics – appear to constrain or enhance outcomes?

The research will be carried out in collaboration with researchers at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, who are working on a major, Philippines Government-funded research programme investigating freshwater pollution, and targets an area of the aquatic sciences that is at present very poorly covered in the tropics generally and in tropical Asia in particular.  The research project includes field-based research in the Philippines.

8) Carbon cycles in large Asian rivers
(PI: Professor Lu Xi Xi, email: )

Riverine carbon fluxes, burial and emission (or outgassing or evasion) are an important part of carbon exchange between terrestrial, oceanic and atmospheric environment and thus must be considered in strategies to mitigate climate change. However, there is limited understanding of recent spatial and temporal dynamics of such exchange for the large Asian rivers originated from the Himalaya mountains and Tibet Plateau. Work can be focused on any of the large Asian rivers like Chao Phraya (in collaboration with Prof Ziegler, NUS), Mekong (with Dr. Matti Kummu, Finland), Red River (Vietnamese academy), Pearl, Yangtze and Yellow River (with Institute of Geology & Geophysics for the Chinese rivers).

Climate Change: Our Global Experiment

Ongoing exhibit 
Developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment Climate Change: Our Global Experiment will help you separate truth from spin and provide a basis for making informed decisions affecting the future of our planet. The exhibit offers an insider’s look at the scientific study of climate, presenting the latest research from renowned experts at Harvard and around the world. Get the facts, draw your own conclusions, then take part in a unique computer simulation that allows you to choose a course of action and see the consequences for the planet.

BOLIVIA: Llamas, Quinoa and Andean Food Sovereignty
The Bolivian Altiplano is one of the most remarkable landscapes in the world, stretching 500 miles at an average altitude of 13,000 feet. Join Food First and learn about the food and farming systems at the heart of highland indigenous cultures and struggles for autonomy, while building solidarity with rural communities, local NGOs and social movements working to build food sovereignty in Bolivia.

Led by local Bolivian guides and a Food First expert, this delegation will travel from the shores of Lake Titicaca to the Southern Altipano to gain a unique lens into this fascinating world. The focus will be on two of Bolivia’s most important products, quinoa and llamas, and meeting with farmers and herders to hear firsthand how they have been affected by globalization and climate change.

Dates: March 14-24, 2014
BASQUE COUNTRY: Food Sovereignty and Cooperative Production
Join Food First and experience the Spanish Basque Country, Euskal Herria, through the eyes of local farmers and activists while exploring food sovereignty and cooperative production.

Specially hosted by the Basque Farmers’ Union, recent honorees of the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize, you’ll have the unique opportunity to learn how agriculture and food play key economic and social roles within Basque society by preserving important threatened traditions. Tour the renowned Mondrag√≥n worker-owned cooperative and stay in farmer-owned guesthouses and learn about the struggles and triumphs of Basque history while sharing delicious, local, cooperatively grown food.

Dates: March 22-30, 2014
*Scholarships available for qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
*The trip prices reflect fair compensation for the many groups and individuals who contribute their time, energy and expertise to the delegations. Please see website for cost inclusions/exclusions.

Program Dates: May 28 to August 8, 2014 (10 weeks)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2014 Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). The ERIE-REU, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct interdisciplinary faculty-mentored research on a diverse array of projects related to ecological restoration of aquatic systems.

Students involved in the ERIE-REU program will receive one-on-one mentoring in the conduct of environmental research, focused training in environmental and professional development topics, and exposure to a variety of research methods. The program includes weekly group meetings to share research progress, and culminates with a symposium in which each student will present his/her research findings in oral and poster formats. In addition, students will participate in social events and field trips highlighting ecosystem restoration efforts and the environment of western New York and the lower Great Lakes region.

REU participants will receive a $500/week stipend (total of $5,000) and on-campus housing in a newly constructed LEED-certified student complex. A full time commitment to REU activity is expected (i.e., participants do not enroll in academic classes during the same period). Participation is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and students must be enrolled as undergraduate students in a college program through Fall of the following year (graduating seniors are ineligible). Most successful applicants have completed their junior year of study, although well-qualified sophomores are encouraged to apply.

All eligible undergraduate students interested in environmental/civil/chemical engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, or geography are encouraged to submit an on-line application; application instructions, faculty participants, and more information can be found at Students from underrepresented groups or attending institutions lacking research facilities or opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

The State University of New York at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 29,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

For more information, please contact:
ERIE-REU Program Coordinator
University at Buffalo
202 Jarvis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000

Since 1989, the Antioch Education Abroad Brazilian Ecosystems: The Protection and Management of Biodiversity program has engaged students through in-depth field studies across a variety of biomes in Brazil. This is a Fall Semester program, with a new Summer Term option (see schedule here). All students explore the flora, fauna, and ecological characteristics of the Amazon Rainforest, Atlantic Coastal Forest, and coastal marine systems, and how environmental factors contribute to species and habitat diversity. Students enrolled in the full semester program continue their studies in Brazil to include advanced studies of the impact of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem function, a Portuguese language intensive, and an Independent Field Internship.

Unique program features:

1. Program is led by Antioch University professor Suzanne Kolb, PhD, who is assisted by Brazilian professors, research scientists, and activists, who provide local expertise on current environmental issues facing each region.

2. Fall semester students engage in a month-long field internship, working with a Brazilian scientist or NGO for individualized hands-on experience in their field of interest.

3. Students explore multiple ecosystems, allowing them to compare the ecological characteristics of each, and providing a broader understanding of ecology in Brazil.

Curriculum: The Fall Semester program offers 4 courses for 16 semester credits - Introduction to Brazilian Ecosystems; Ecology and Protective Management of  Biodiversity in Brazil; Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced PortugueseField Internship. Summer Term students enroll in Introduction to Brazilian Ecosystems for 4 semester credits. Click here to view detailed course descriptions. If you would like to review syllabi for the process of approving this program, please contact us.

Environment America interns will spend their fall semester making a big difference on critical environment issues and learning a ton, while getting the experience they need to launch a career in the environmental movement after graduation.

Read more about our internship program here. Interested candidates can complete an online application here.

Monique Sullivan
Recruitment Director
Environment America
(202) 461-2448

The MA DOER Internship Programs seeks to provide interns with exciting opportunities to assist DOER with implementing energy policies in areas such as renewables, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy markets, and more.  The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the energy arena.

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site:

Apply online today at

Green Corps
44 Winter St, 4th Fl
Boston, MA
617 747 4302

Environment Massachusetts has a number of internship opportunities posted on their website.  For more information, please visit or contact Alison Giest, Environment Massachusetts, New England Federal Field Associate, at or 813-215-3604.