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The Environmental Studies program has long recognized the importance of the integration of teaching and research on the part of faculty, and in recent years has more fully integrated research into student learning as well. Assessments reveal that this emphasis has enhanced significantly the critical thinking, collaborative, and discovery-based learning skills of our students. The Environmental Studies program is strongly committed to the principle that making connections to "real" research problems is invaluable to experiencing in depth the discipline in which students are working. In addition, the Problems in Environmental Science course (BI 493) and our Environment and Society Course (ES118) have received acclaim and have generated both faculty and student presentations at national meetings, invited workshops, and book chapters. ES program faculty have also been campus leaders in incorporating service-learning opportunities into the Colby curriculum.
Capstone Course for the Environmental Studies: Science Major
Fellows expand curriculum offerings
GIS Across the Curriculum
Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium
Andonova, L.B. and Renzo M.C. 2008. The Next Climate Treaty? Pedagogical and Policy Lessons of Classroom Negotiations. International Studies Perspectives (2008) 9, 331–347.
Firmage, D.H., T. H. Tietenberg, and F. R. Cole. 2005. Research-based Learning in an Introductory Environmental Studies Course. Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly. Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly 25:191-200.
Firmage, D. H. and F. R. Cole. 1999. Service Learning in Environmental Science at Colby College. Harold Ward, Editor. Pages 25-37. In Acting Locally: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Environmental Studies. published by American Association of Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Nyhus, P. J., F. R. Cole, D. H. Firmage, D. Tierney, S. W. Cole, R. B. Phillips, and E. H. Yeterian. Environmental studies: Interdisciplinary research on Maine lakes. In Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping across the Curriculum (eds. D. Sinton and J. Lund). ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.
Nyhus, P. J., F. R. Cole, D. H. Firmage, and P. S. Lehmann '02. 2002. Enhancing Education through Research in the Environmental Science Laboratory: Integrating GIS and Project-Based Learning at Colby College. Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 23:34-40.
Nyhus, P. J., F. R. Cole, D. H. Firmage, and E. H. Yeterian. 2002. Enhancing the Integration of Research and Education Using an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium.Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 23:16-23.
Nyhus, P. J., F. R. Cole, D. H. Firmage, and E. H. Yeterian. 2004. Teaching Fellows: An Innovative Approach to Facilitate the Integration of Research and Education at Colby College. In Linda Kauffman and Janet Stocks (eds), Reinvigorating the Undergraduate Experience through Research and Inquiry-Based Learning, Council of Undergraduate Research http://www.cur.org/publications/aire_raire/toc.asp.
Nyhus, P.J., F.R. Cole, and D.H. Firmage. 2007. Tigers, Wolves, and Moose, Oh My! Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Undergraduate Research in Environmental Studies with GIS. Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly 27:97-102.