Thursday, March 13, 2014

Weekly Announcements - 3/13

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.       Lecture by Richard Primack: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Concord – April 1, 6:30pm
3.       Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College

Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
1.       Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates
2.       Angel Mounds REU
3.       Environmental Restoration Field Study in Colorado
4.       Colorado and Caribbean Ecosystems Field Studies
5.       Additional Resources for Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       Sila: A World Premiere, Central Square Theater
2.       Art of Science in New England, 1700-1920
3.       Zoo New England Science and Conservation Day
4.       Sustainable Energy Conference Scholarships

Graduate School Opportunities
1.       Two Funded PhD Programs at University of Rhode Island
2.       Geomorphic Research on the Colorado River

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.       New England Forestry Foundation
2.       Adirondack Park Jobs: Watershed Stewardship Program
3.       Center For Ecological Living and Learning International Programs
4.       Job Opportunities with Mass PIRG
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

Introduction to ArcGIS
Feb. 28th , 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
O’Neill 307
More details and registration:

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

Angel Mounds REU


Multidisciplinary Training for Students in Environmental and Social Sciences through Archaeological Research

The Departments of Anthropology and Earth Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Indiana Geological Survey and Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University-Bloomington are pleased to offer the second year of a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled "Angel Mounds REU Site: Multidisciplinary Training for Students in Environmental and Social Sciences through Archaeological Research" (NSF Award No. 1262530). This eight-week program in June and July will include four weeks of fieldwork that will examine the interplay among climate change, human settlement histories, and agricultural impacts to landscapes over the past 2,000 years across the lower Midwestern United States. This will be followed by four weeks of laboratory training at IUPUI (Indianapolis, IN) analyzing the materials and data from the fieldwork. This student-driven research will document the timing and potential relationships between population, settlement and landscape changes related both to climatic factors (i.e., Medieval Climate Anomaly & Little Ice Age) and human-related land-use and agricultural practices. The underlying questions include 1) how did climate and landscape status affect human populations, and 2) in turn, how did human populations affect landscapes, regional ecologies and biodiversity? We will address these questions by combining lake sediment core records of climate, soil geochemistry and landscape nutrient status (for human impact factors) with archeological records from major pre-Columbian settlements in the Illinois and Ohio River valleys. 

The goal of this project is to foster a new generation of scholars that can work across disciplinary boundaries to craft meaningful and empirically-sound interpretations about research questions that transcend the social, natural and behavioral sciences and capture public interest (e.g., climate change). Nationally recruited undergraduates from the environmental and social sciences and humanities, as well as other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines will be provided with field and laboratory training in paleolimnology, geochemistry, archaeology, geomorphology, geophysics, and geoarchaeology. Over the program’s three years, REU Fellows will conduct original research on the Native peoples that inhabited the lower Midwest through investigation of earthwork construction (previous Year 1 at Angel Mounds), reconstruction of the paleoenvironment (current year), and exploration of the timing and relationship between fortification construction, settlement development and subsequent site abandonment (Year 3 at Angel Mounds [2015]). Examples of the student-driven research projects and outcomes from Year 1 of the Angel Mounds NSF REU program can be found here. You can also view theAngel Mounds Field School blog that was maintained by students during the 2013 field season. 

The educational programming of the Angel Mounds REU will promote undergraduate professionalization and enhance their skills by providing training in multidisciplinary field methods and hands-on use of sophisticated instruments. In the laboratory settings, students will learn to process, analyze and curate the sediment cores, artifacts, ecofacts and other data collected. Analytical techniques taught in the laboratory will include basic identification, description and quantification of the sediment cores, artifacts and other field data, as well as advanced methods of geochemical detection and estimation. The training provided to analyze geophysical data, sedimentology, pedology, and archaeological results, including GIS development and database management, will enhance many important 21st century skills such as digital literacy, database implementation and management, inventive thinking, and the understanding of complex interrelationships. Through this diverse and multidisciplinary training, students will gain a solid foundation in field and laboratory research and begin to form peer and professional relationships that will serve them for the rest of their careers.

The 2014 Angel Mounds REU will run from June 2nd through August 1st. The four-week field component in the Illinois and Ohio River valleys will occur between June 2nd and June 27th. A one-week break for July 4th and prepping of the labs and materials will occur between June 30th and July 4th. The four-week lab component at IUPUI will run from July 7th through August 1st.

Recruitment & Prerequisites
The Angel Mounds REU will 1) increase disciplinary connections of undergraduates through peer-to-peer relationships, 2) provide students with the vocabulary to communicate with peers from other
disciplines, 3) create a greater awareness of the importance of multidisciplinary research, and 4) increase overall diversity of archaeological research environments. We seek a diverse set of students, which will allow them to bridge existing disciplinary boundaries and build a broad network of professional relationships.
Sophomores and juniors in their respective programs with an interest in interdisciplinary science are strongly encouraged to apply to the Angel Mounds NSF REU program. While the research questions revolve around archaeological sites, regions and time periods, we encourage talented undergraduates with diverse majors and programs of study ranging from biochemistry, geology, environmental studies and biology to anthropology, geography and Native American studies to apply to our program. Members of groups underrepresented in the social sciences, humanities, and STEM disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes Native students currently enrolled at higher-education institutions. Preference will also be given to applicants from colleges and universities that do not have substantial research opportunities or the STEM disciplines at the graduate level. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) is preferred of all applicants.

Additional Information
Participants in the Angel Mounds REU will receive a $500/week stipend ($4,000 for eight weeks). The program will also cover all housing and the requisite field and laboratory equipment. In addition, a $300 allowance will be provided to participants for travel to the REU site from their institution or home. A $500 allowance has also been budgeted for student presentations of research findings at a regional archaeological conference in the fall subsequent to project participation.

Educational Programming
Week 1 of the program will begin in the Illinois Valley with a project orientation, description of the research design and participation in an ongoing excavation at a Mississippian-era village. The REU Fellows will also receive lectures and tours of the historical and environmental contexts that highlight previous and ongoing research related to Year 2′s foci. Demonstrations on field methodology, sampling strategies, data recording protocols, and paperwork will be provided with considerable attention given to effectively illustrating how the variable, multidisciplinary sources of data will be collected, analyzed, and integrated by the project’s participants. At the end of Week 1, the REU Fellows will be ready to actively participate in the research project. Research teams will be created and a schedule will be provided for their rotation through the research projects.
During Weeks 2-4, the REU Fellows will have sustained, intense interaction with REU staff and graduate student mentors as they rotate into different field research sites and employ associated methods. The ensuing rotation will provide roughly five field days for each research team to rotate through the three regionally-based projects. In general, students will devote about one week to geoarchaeological and geophysical investigations in west-central Illinois, which will be followed by three weeks of paleolimonological research in the Illinois and Ohio River valleys.
Weeks 5 through 8 will be devoted to laboratory analyses at IUPUI- located in the heart of Indianapolis. Students will spend Week 5 in learning about lab protocols, safety standards and the suite of methodologies to be employed, as well as curation and artifactual analyses. They will also begin working on their research projects and focus on some specialized analytical topics, including processing and modeling the geophysical data, geochemistry/core analysis, archival research, and developing a GIS framework. The laboratory research experience will include traditional quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g., types, counts, weights), database development (e.g., Access, Excel, PastPerfect), spatial analysis with GIS, and an introduction to more advanced methods of 3-D scanning. Geochemistry laboratory work will include sediment core analysis via spectroscopic and core-scanning XRF, as well as selected interval sampling and analysis for other geochemical and isotopic signals related to human activity and climate change. Guest lectures will be provided by IUPUI and IU faculty on ethical conduct in scientific research and engagement with descendant communities. Concurrently, faculty and staff from IUPUI’s Center for Research and Learning will lead workshops on professional development, scholarship, and the effective presentation of data in scientific and public venues.
As part of the training and REU experience, students will be required to present their original research at the annual Midwest Archaeological Conference (MAC). The 2014 MAC will be at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL from October 2nd to 4th, 2014.

Credit Hours for REU Participants
REU participants can earn credit hours for the field and laboratory experiences through the Department of Anthropology at IUPUI. If interested, contact Dr. Wilson about registering for ANTH-P 405: Field Work in Archaeology (Section 5034). Undergraduates from colleges and universities outside of the IU-system will need to enroll as non-degree seeking students for the summer.

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

Sila: A world premiere, Central Square theater

Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow. 
To assist you, the Sustainable Energy Fund is proud to provide full scholarships to students and educators on a first come, first serve basis to attend Energypath 2014 at Albright College June 15th through June 20th.
To register and learn more about Energypath 2014 call 610-264-4440, visit Energypath 2014 Scholarships.
Register now! Time and space are limited.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

3-year PhD assistantship to study climate adaptation and risk/vulnerability/resilience assessments
Position Description: A funded 3-year Graduate Research Assistantship leading to a Ph.D. in Marine Affairs is available at the University of Rhode Island (URI). URI is the principal public research and Sea Grant University for the State of Rhode Island. It is recognized as a leader in conducting and applying cutting-edge research and policy in the areas of coastal/ocean and climate change challenges. The doctoral student will work with Dr. Austin Becker and conduct research in the area of climate adaptation for coastal infrastructure systems. Specific research will focus on the development of stakeholder-based risk, vulnerability, and resilience assessments for seaports and other coastal-dependent facilities.
Qualifications: Prospective applicants should have a masters level degree or equivalent in economics, engineering, statistics, policy, or social science. Applicant should have a background in quantitative methods, but a strong interest in interdisciplinary work that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Proficiency with GIS and/or basic programming a plus. Applicants should also have solid analytical and writing skills.
Stipend and Benefits: Three years annual stipend plus full tuition waiver and supplemented health insurance. This assistantship is based on a 20 hour work week. Student will pay activity fees to the University of Rhode Island. Student will work with the advising team to secure intra-mural or extra-mural support for subsequent years
Starting Date: The anticipated starting date for the assistantship is Fall 2014. 
For Initial Inquiries/Review:
Please email by March 15th, 2014, a 1) letter of intent, 2) resume/C.V., 3) example of scholarly writing, 4) copy of transcripts, 5) copy of GRE/TOEFL scores, and 6) contact information for three references to: Judy Palmer --
4-year PhD assistantship to study climate adaptation and coastal planning, policy and design
Position description: The University of Rhode Island (URI) College of the Environment and Life Science (CELS), Rhode Island Sea Grant, and Rhode Island Land Grant, (jointly) have 4 years of funding available for a PhD student to study coastal planning, policy, and design in the context of adaptation to climate change. URI is recognized as a leader in the US and globally in the field of coastal climate adaptation. We are particularly interested in a student wishing to pursue the application of design theory and practice to complex challenges of long-term planning for urban coastal communities vulnerable to climate change impacts. We seek a highly-motivated student with a Master of Landscape Architecture (or equivalent) and a strong academic record who wishes to pursue interdisciplinary work. The doctoral student will under Dr. Austin Becker and receive interdisciplinary training in coastal planning and policy in the Department of Marine Affairs and coastal design in the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Qualifications: Prospective applicants must have a Master of Landscape Architecture (or equivalent). Applicant should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research that incorporates planning, policy, and design. Proficiency with GIS and other graphics programs is a plus. Applicants should also have solid analytical and writing skills. 
Stipend and benefits: The successful applicant will be admitted to URI’s Department of Marine Affairs PhD Program and receive an annual stipend in the first four years, plus tuition waiver and supplemented health insurance. This assistantship is based on a 20-hour work week. Student will pay activity fees to the University of Rhode Island. The student will work under the advisement of Professor Austin Becker and others in the Department of Marine Affairs, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and/or other departments as appropriate for the student’s research 
Starting Date: The anticipated starting date for the assistantship is Fall 2014 (preferred) or Winter 2015.
For Initial Inquiries/Review:
Please email by March 15th, 2014, a 1) letter of intent, 2) resume/C.V., 3) example of scholarly writing and design portfolio, 4) copy of transcripts, 5) copy of GRE/TOEFL scores, and 6) contact information for three references to: Judy Palmer -- 
For more information, contact:
Austin Becker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design
Departments of Marine Affairs and Landscape Architecture
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
University of Rhode Island | Coastal Institute Room 213 | 1 Greenhouse Road, Suite 205 | Kingston, RI  02881
e: | p: 401-874-4192 | f: 401-874-2156  | t: @austinhbecker | w:

PhD or MS Research Assistantship in “Shedding new light on sandbar dynamics in Grand Canyon using emerging SFM photogrammetry techniques"

Funding is available at either the MS or PhD level for a student to explore the application of 'structure from motion' techniques to studying alluvial sandbars. The research objective is to better understand the highly localized nature of sandbar responses to hydrologic regime. This requires a rapid technique for accurately surveying subaerial sandbars to complement long-term data sets. The student would be based at Utah State University in the Department of Watershed Sciences in the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab ( Dr. Joe Wheaton would act as the primary supervisor, but the student would work closely with USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring Research Center staff – specifically Dr. Paul Grams and Dr. Daniel Buscombe ( -- and a large group of academic and government researchers working in Grand Canyon and throughout the Colorado River Basin.

The ideal candidate should have, or is keen to develop, skills in GIS and/or a high-level programming language such as Matlab/Python/IDL; an interest in image processing/photogrammetry; a background in geomorphology/geology/geography/engineering or related discipline. Strong writing and communication skills are essential. The project will involve extended field work in the Grand Canyon, so field experience is a must.  Interested prospective students should send an email of interest, with CV, cover letter, example of writing, a cartographic example (i.e. figures or maps), and any questions to, and

PhD or MS Research Assistantship in Investigating Bed Form Dynamics and Bed Load Transport on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
PhD or MS assistantship is currently available at the University of Wyoming in coordination with the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.  The project will focus on an investigation of sand transport in the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with particular emphasis on bed form dynamics and bed load. The ideal candidate will have broad interests in the application of sediment transport theory to field observations and the desire to develop skills in quantitative analysis and modeling.  A Passion for field work is a must.  Degree opportunities at UWyo include the department of Geology & Geophysics and the Water Resources / Environmental Science and Engineering program.  Contact Brandon McElroy ( or Paul Grams ( for more information.

The New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) seeks energetic young foresters and natural resource students for three summer (12 week, flexible dates) internship positions. These positions balance time in the field (60-70%) with office time (30-40%) and provide room for autonomy and self-direction.  We offer $9/hr, housing, and a broad sampling of the types of work tasks in the non-profit conservation world.  For more information, visit Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2014. 

Positions:        Full time (approximately 30) and part time (few) positions available.
                        Full-time (40 hours) - work all weekends plus 3 days per week (5 days per week total);                             
                        Part time position works weekends, plus one weekday morning.
                        Supervisory positions (2)                                
Background & Mission of the Program
The Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) at Paul Smith's College is a community‑based program designed primarily to educate the public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues pertaining to specific watersheds. Stewards interact with visitors at boat ramps and perform watercraft inspections intended to prevent the transport of AIS. The WSP also fulfils research and service functions. Visit this link for our annual report: 

Steward locations: Lake Placid/Saranac Lake/Tupper Lake area, Chateaugay Lake, Cranberry Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake, Fulton Chain of Lakes, Stillwater Reservoir, Saratoga Lake and other lakes.  Most stewards should be located within commuting distance of Paul Smith’s College, Saratoga Lake, Tupper Lake, or Raquette Lake.  Housing is not provided by WSP. 

Term of appointment: May 19 – August 24, 2014 (14 weeks); 1 additional week until Labor Day required, depending on employee’s fall semester school schedule (15 weeks total)

Base pay: $13.50/hour                               

Duties & Responsibilities:
·         Public education and natural/cultural history interpretation.
·         Perform watercraft inspections; remove AIS, operation of boat wash station (where present).
·         Data collection: boat launch use patterns, AIS removal.
·         Service projects (one day per week): invasive species mapping and control, loon monitoring, trail maintenance, write newsletter, update social media, environmental education with all ages and presentations.
·         Report writing. 

General Qualifications:
·         Completed or pursuing a degree in natural resources, biology, environmental studies, science, or a related field.
·         Capable of performing duties independently and proactively.
·         Strong verbal communication, writing, and environmental interpretation skills.
·         Ability to work in rainy weather, both on and off the water.
·         Must possess and provide proof of medical coverage effective during the period of this appointment. 
·         Individual vehicle needed for commuting to duty stations. 

Specialty Skills Preferred
·         Experience operating and navigating small watercraft.
·         Writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education proficiency.
·         Capacity to carry and maneuver up to 50 pounds and perform other strenuous activities.
·         Experience, training, and/or NYS certification in herbicide use 

To Apply:
Applicants may submit a letter of intent, resume and contact information for three professional references.   
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and should be sent in Word format to:   
Mailing address: Director of Human Resources, Paul Smith’s College, PO Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY  12970. 
Faxed to:  (518) 327-6161. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews with selected candidates will be conducted either in-person, via telephone, or computer conferencing. 
Paul Smith’s College values diversity in the College community and seeks to assure equal opportunity through its continued Affirmative Action program.

Dear Students, 
Are you interested in having an adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably? The planet needs stewards to get us back on track to a sustainable future. And you (yes, you) are it. Think of this as an anything is possible, opportunity to learn how one life, your life, can make a BIG difference in the world.

If you are interested in celebrating what is right in the world and being a part of real life solutions to the problems we face, join us for an unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably.

Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems. Experience some of the world’s most inspiring examples of community sustainability from organizations like Heifer International, Sustainable Harvest International, and others. Learn experientially and through service learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

The world has great need of people who not only understand what sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in the world. The world has a great need of people like you.

Head on over to for more information, or take a look at this video to hear how CELL Alums define sustainability.

Have questions? Drop us a line at

We have space available in our three-week Maymester programs in Iceland and Central America, in our Fall 2014 programs in East Africa, and Iceland and in our Spring 2015 programs in East AfricaIceland, and Central America.  

Drop us an e-mail or contact us by phone for more information ( or tel.(207) 230-4025.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dave and CELL Team
Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)

60 Blueberry Hill Road 
Hope, Maine 04847
Tel. 207-230-4025; E-mail:; Web: 

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.

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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