Thursday, February 13, 2014

Weekly Announcements 2/13/14

Dear Environmental Studies Minors,

Please find the this week’s announcements 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.

On Campus Forums and Presentations
1.       Save the Date – Green Careers Fair – March 26, 6:30-8:30 pm
2.       Water Management in Massachusetts: 2014 Priorities – 2/18
3.       Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College

Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
1.       Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates
2.       Study Montana Wildlife this Summer
3.       Undergraduate Summer Research Experience at Utah State University
4.       Interdisciplinary Research on Human Impacts in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem
5.       Environmental Restoration Field Study in Colorado
6.       Colorado and Caribbean Ecosystems Field Studies
7.       Additional Resources for Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       Screening of Shored Up
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
Job Opportunities with Mass PIRG
Middlebury School of the Environment Administrative Program Assistant
3.       Volunteer Opportunities with GoEco
4.       Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange
5.       Internship with Environment America
6.       Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
7.       Green Corps Environmental Training Program
8.       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:

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

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.

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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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.

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

Our 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program will provide ten undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of humans in the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU students will participate in an interdisciplinary cooperative model that promotes integrated thinking across disciplines within and between the natural and social sciences.

For more information, please visit
Applications are due March 1, 2014

Questions and inquiries should be directed to Jason Stockwell at

Environmental Restoration Field Study
Field Studies in Geography (GES 446)
Waldo Canyon Fire Scar - Cheyenne Mountain - Kit Carson Peak

Adventure • Education • Service
Earth Corps is a selective field-based course that offers motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. The program is designed to integrate key lessons in environmental studies with the completion of multiple critical environmental restoration projects. Run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Earth Corps attracts exceptional students from across the nation to participate in this unique service learning opportunity.
Earth Corps was created to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to directly address a critical environmental threat while immersed in a backcountry wildland environment. This hands-on program combines environmental education with environmental stewardship through an intensive 6-week field study. For the duration of the program, participants live and work in a backcountry setting, complete long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 8,000-14,000+ feet, work effectively as a team, exercise the highest level of commitment and perseverance, and make enduring friendships. Students will develop key outdoor skills during the program and through their summits of Cheyenne Mountain, Challenger Point, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will practice and learn Leave No Trace, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management.
Earth Corps 2014 students will complete three environmental restoration projects in the following locations: Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, Cheyenne Mountain, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will gain field experience in restoration ecology. Students will learn about soil, vegetation, hydrology, land/recreation management, and other key aspects of land restoration. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive 4 hours of credit from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (GES 446: Field Studies in Geography).
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) environmental stewardship and education organization dedicated to the conservation of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountains. RMFI accomplishes its mission through key environmental projects developed in partnership with federal, state, and municipal land management agencies.
2014 Program Dates: June 30 - August 10
To Apply: Go to our website,, or contact our office for more detailed information and an application form. A complete application includes:
• Completed RMFI Program Application form
• Cover letter detailing interest in program and qualifications
• Current resume

Course Fee: There is a course fee of $2,500. Please do not let the fee dissuade you from applying for the program as scholarships are available.
Application Deadline: Early deadline March 7, final deadline March 28. Participants announced April 18.

NSF REU listings

Ecology REUs and other summer research opportunities

Biology REUs

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.

Looking for a job that makes a difference? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on fighting climate change, restoring democracy, and protecting public health. Apply online or email for more details.

The Middlebury School of the Environment is a six-week summer program of study based at Middlebury's main campus in Vermont.  We are currently accepting applications for a staff position with the School for this coming summer.  The position - Administrative Program Assistant - is primarily associated with logistic support for the curriculum and residential support for the students.  This would be a great opportunity for a recent graduate who has interests in environmental studies, education, or residential advising, and who is interested in gaining work experience in these areas.

If you can, please pass this information along to any of your graduating or recently graduated students.  More information about the position and application process can be obtained at or by writing to me directly (<>).

GoEco is providing global volunteering opportunities for university students, faculty, and staff of Geography and Environmental Studies. Volunteers can choose from a variety of placements that will focus on wildlife and environmental research and conservation, as well as community and educational development. Discover the intriguing landscape of Madagascar with the Wildlife and Research Conservation project or get up close and personal with South Africa's wildlife at the Wildlife Sanctuary project. For a truly unique cultural experience become a counselor at the Multicultural Eco Summer Camp in Israel where you will immerse yourself in the culturally dynamic community.  

Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island, and home to the most fascinating flora, fauna, and eco-system. With its unique creatures and landscapes, there is no better location to conduct environmental and wildlife surveys. Though challenging, this experience will see volunteers truly immerse themselves in nature, live in field camps made up of tents and showers with basic amenities while spending early mornings and late nights studying and collecting data on all of the fascinating things that Madagascar has to offer. 

SOUTH AFRICA: Wildlife Sanctuary
The Volunteers will live in a comfortable house located on the sanctuary, with zebras and other wildlife roaming right outside the front door!  The project will have set daily tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and general care of the animals. Volunteers will also have the chance to work on a variety of other projects including checking fire breaks, constructing enclosures, building a vulture kitchen, and creating other things that will further enrich the quality of life for the animals in the sanctuary.  With so much to do and see, there is never a dull moment. 

Mughar, located in northern Israel and overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is a diverse town with a long and rich history. This camp provides a great opportunity for Druze, Christian, and Muslim kids to learn and play together in a unique summer program. Join a group of local staff and international volunteers to teach environmental education, arts, sports, and English. Volunteers will have the chance to use their initiative and personal skills to create innovative ways of teaching and interacting with the kids.

Programs Include:
 Full board 
 Full pre-departure & in-country assistance, training, and support

Volunteer Feedback
Bexsyra, a GoEco volunteer at the Multicultural Eco Summer Camp, wrote a post on our volunteer blog about her experience in Israel.  Here's an excerpt:

"The most exciting part about my journey was learning about the different cultures and religions. You can read about such things or watch them on TV but it is nothing like experiencing them first hand. I think it's very important to learn that there are people in this world who were raised differently from you, have different religions, eat different kinds of food but yet you can still relate to them in so many ways."

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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