Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weekly Announcements - 1/30

Dear Environmental Studies Minors,

Please find the this week’s announcements below.  In case you missed the email from Prof. Snyder this morning, be sure to check the blog for the announcement of BC’s new Environmental Studies major:

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.

On Campus Forums and Presentations
1.       Save the Date – Green Careers Fair – March 26, 6:30-8:30 pm
2.       Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College

Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
1.       Internship with Bald Head Island Conservancy DEADLINE SATURDAY!
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
6.       Study Abroad in Parma, Italy
7.       Undergraduate Summer Research Experience at Utah State University

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       Candidates CleanTech Forum with Gubernatorial Candidates
2.       Physics of Sustainable Energy Resources Conference
3.       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

Spring 2014 Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 11:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday 1:00-5:00pm, and Thursday 12:00-5:00pm

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:

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

During Wildlife in the West, students learn a variety of field skills to help them locate and understand the species we're studying.
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

Add to your email address book to continue receiving NwC email newsletters.

Gmail users: If you find NwC email messages in the new Promotions tab of your inbox, just highlight them email and drag it to the Primary tab. Click Yes at the Gmail prompt. NwC emails will then go to the Primary tab automatically.

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

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.

Experience a 4-week banquet in the form of summer study in Parma, Italy -- one of the few courses in the world devoted to the international law of food, an issue of immense emerging importance.  The course, which will be held in the city considered the European or even the world capital of food, covers food supply, safety, security, subsidies, trade, and a variety of other contemporary issues.  Field trips include visits to the European Food Safety Authority in Parma and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, as well as a cooking class at a local culinary institute. 

The course, taught by Boston College Law Professor David Wirth, who has extensive academic and practical experience in the field, should be of particular interest to those considering law school as a user-friendly introduction to legal method.  It will cover material of interest to those studying social sciences, including international relations, international studies, political science, and sociology, as well as to generalists from all disciplines.  There are no prerequisites, and no knowledge of Italian is required.

IN 253 International Law of Food
May 25-June 21, 2014, University of Parma, Italy
3 credits in International Studies.

The course description and detailed information can be found at  Professor Wirth will make a presentation the Summer Abroad information session sponsored by the Office of International Programs on January 22 at 6:00 PM in Stokes 203 North.

Application deadline is February 5.  The user-friendly, on-line application process, consisting primarily of a brief essay, is described at and can be initiated by sending an e-mail to  For further information, including costs and a preliminary syllabus, contact Abby Berenson in the Office of International Programs,, phone extension 2-6869 (617.552.6869).

The USU Quinney College of Natural Resources has received a generous endowment, with which we are sponsoring several undergraduate research projects during summer 2014. We are hoping to recruit excellent undergraduates from across the US and beyond. All research projects include a $4000 stipend and travel expenses to and from Logan. I am co-supervising one project with a fish biologist (Phaedra Budy) entitled “Quantifying effects of high severity wildfire on fish habitat” but many other opportunities exist. For a complete list of potential projects and application information, see:

Applications are due March 1st and successful candidates will be notified by March 31. Contact me ( or any of the faculty supervisors associated with the listed projects for more information. 
Patrick Belmont

Patrick Belmont, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Watershed Sciences
Utah State University
5210 Old Main Hill, NR 350
Logan, Utah 84322-5210
Phone:  435-797-3794
Fax: 435-797-1871

NSF REU listings

Ecology REUs and other summer research opportunities

Biology REUs

cleantech forum with gubernatorial candidates

Next Step Living™ to Host Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidates at Cleantech Forum

February 13, 10 -11:30 a.m.

Boston Design Center, Room 548


To explore the role of government in maintaining the double-digit growth of the cleantech economy in Massachusetts and in advocating the use of clean energy, Next Step Living is hosting a forum for the gubernatorial candidates on February 13 at 10 a.m. Bob Buderi, founder, CEO and editor in chief of Xconomy, will moderate the event.

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 Mondragón 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.

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