Thursday, August 30, 2018

Weekly Annoucements 8/28


Weekly Announcements
August 28, 2018

Events at Boston College

·         12/10: Photo Contest Deadline

Events in Boston

Jobs and Internships

Welcome Back Pizza Social Friday August 31, Devlin 201 12-1PM

Come to the Environmental Studies Welcome Back Social to meet the new faces of Environmental Studies, connect with faculty, and eat pizza!

Harvard University Center for the Environment: "The Role of Ecosystem Diversity and Heterogeneity in the Resilience of Terrestrial Ecosystems to Climate Change" – September 6, 2018 Harvard University 3:30 PM

Amazon Forests, which comprise approximately 40% of world’s remaining tropical forests and play a vital role in global water, energy and carbon cycling, are predicted to experience both longer and more intensive dry seasons by the end of the 21st century, However, the climate sensitivity of this ecosystem remains uncertain: several studies have predicted large-scale die-back of the Amazon, while several more recent studies predict that the biome will remain largely intact. In this study, we use an individual-based terrestrial ecosystem model to explore the sensitivity and ecological resilience of Amazon forests to changes in climate. Our results show that water stress operating at the scale of individual plants, combined with spatial variation in soil texture, strongly influence the ecosystem’s resilience to changes in dry season length. In contrast to existing predictions of either stability or catastrophic biomass loss, our analyses indicate that, as a result of ecosystem diversity and heterogeneity, the Amazon forest’s response to a drying regional climate is likely to be an immediate, graded, heterogeneous transition from high biomass moist forests to transitional dry forests and woody savannah ecosystems. Further analyses show that two key characteristics influencing the climatic sensitivity of individuals within the plant canopy are their leaf phenology and plant hydraulic architecture. Finally, I discuss the prospects for remote sensing measurements to improve predictions how changes in climate will affect composition, structure and functioning of forest ecosystems.

Sustainability Coordinator at UW-Eau Claire – Applications Due September 7, 2018

A full-time, professional academic staff position is available in Facilities management beginning on or after September 15, 2018. The working title for this assignment is Sustainability Coordinator with an official title in the Administrative Program Specialist title series. This is a renewable assignment, contingent on performance. The starting salary will be $50,000.

The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and implementing sustainability related activities on campus including the development, management and assessment of assigned coherent campus-wide sustainability program.  This position reports to the Associate Director of Facilities and serves as the liaison between University, local State, and national environmental organizations.

MIT Seminar Series on Environmental and Agricultural History: “Partly Green: The Past and Future of Sustainable Business” – September 14, 2018 at MIT 2:30-4:30 PM 

Can capitalism become green without fundamental changes in the rules of the market place? The last 30 years have been a revealing test of the limits of corporate sustainability initiatives. In the United States, no major environmental legislation has passed since1990, yet many businesses have worked hard to become greener. How successful have their efforts been? What has driven change, and what has stood in the way? The answers to those questions offer important insight into what we still need to do to build a sustainable economy.

This lecture is part of a year-long series sponsored by MIT’s History faculty and program in Science, Technology, and Society. For information on future lectures, see:

Volunteer at the Boston Local Food Festival – September 16, 2018

The Boston Local Food Festival celebrates locally grown and produced food.  The most important objective of the Boston Local Food Festival is to increase accessibility and availability of healthy local food for all. Massachusetts eaters of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels will see, taste, and appreciate the variety of healthy, delicious food choices that local specialty crops and products make available to them in their own back yard!

We invite you to participate as volunteers in the 9th Annual Boston Local Food Festival to be held on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway on September 16, 2018, 11am- 5pm. We seek committed, enthusiastic and responsible people who would love to contribute, join in on the local food movement, meet new folks, and have a lot of fun! Volunteering at our festival provides you great networking opportunities with like-minded volunteers, vendors, sponsors and attendees.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the form at:   To learn more about volunteer positions please contact Casey Songin, the Local Foods Coordinator, at:

Massachusetts Historical Society Environmental History Seminar Series: “Native American Environmental History” – October 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM – FREE, RSVP REQUIRED

Lisa Brooks, Amherst College; Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College; Ashley Smith, Hampshire College; Thomas Wickman, Trinity College

Moderator: Cedric Woods, Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

This panel will explore the intersections of environmental history and indigenous studies—the questions that each field engenders in the other, as well as the perspectives that native and non-native scholars bring to their research as they traverse both fields. Questions of race, gender, geography, and sources enliven this growing body of scholarship. Join us for a stimulating and wide-ranging conversation on these and other topics.

To RSVP: email or call (617) 646-0579.

For more information on this lecture and future lectures in this series, see:

Keynote Address from Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator: “US Environmental Policy: What Has Been Lost, What Can Be Gained” – October 23, 2018 Murray Room – FREE

Gina McCarthy served as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, leading historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. In 2015, McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution. McCarthy now serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment.

This event is being sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. For more information, see:

Environmental Studies Photo Contest – Submission Deadline December 12, 2018

Environmental Studies is holding our first photo contest this year! Share with the Environmental Studies community a picture from campus, your study abroad program, summer travels, internship, or hometown that exemplifies a theme or concept from environmental studies.  The deadline to submit your photo and description of the photo is Monday, December 10.  Top entries will be featured on our website and the best photo of 2018 (voted on by our Steering Committee) will be printed and framed for display in Devlin.

Photos can be submitted to

Boston College Environmental Studies Program
Devlin 213
Graduate Assistants:
Isabelle Kennedy & Joseph Manning