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Student Research Opportunities
Environmental Studies majors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 at the end of the January term of the junior year or with special program approval are eligible to apply for the Environmental Studies Honors Research Program.
Successful completion of the Honors Program will include an oral presentation at the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium, a successful oral thesis defense, and an approved thesis as well as the completion of the required course work for the major. The student fulfilling these requirements will graduate "With Honors in Environmental Studies." The decision whether or not the student will be approved to convert their fall semester seminar or independent study project to an honors project in the spring semester and continue in the ES Honors Program by enrolling in ES 484 will be made at the end of the first semester. In cases where requirements for Honors have not been fulfilled at the end of the spring semester, ES 484 (Honors Research) will revert to a graded ES 492 (Independent Study).
The Honors Program students present their research during the annual Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Research Assistant Positions with Faculty
Summer or Jan Plan Internships
Faculty and Staff Research Statements
(Student collaboration available)
ES Program Faculty
Environmental Studies - Oak Professor of Biological Sciences Russ Cole
Environmental Studies Research Scientist - Manny Gimond
A New England native, Loren first became interested in conservation growing up on an organic farm in southern Vermont. Loren was an Environmental Studies major Middlebury College, and continued to work to cross disciplines in her graduate and post-graduate research. She is deeply concerned with long-term human impacts on marine species and ecosystems, and in her research, she works to (1) assess and quantify changes in the distribution and abundance of marine species over century-long time scales and (2) determine links between social history and changing marine environments. This research crosses the disciplines of marine ecology, conservation biology, and environmental history, and is motivated by the desire to conserve and restore degraded ocean and coastal ecosystems. To this end, Loren also aims to establish more accurate baselines for marine species—on which recovery targets can be set—and to understand past human interactions with the sea so that we can more successfully manage marine resources today. Loren has worked in tropical marine environments in the Caribbean, Florida Keys, and most recently in the Hawaiian Islands.
Environmental Studies - Environmental Studies Coordinator Lia Morris
During Lia's tenure as graduate student in natural resource policy at Tufts University, her research efforts focused on studying trends in community and natural resource development on lands adjacent to national parks. This research culminated in her gradate thesis Demilitarizing Nature: Ecological Restoration of Military Land, Acadia National Park. Upon graduation she worked for three years as the Outreach Coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Project. Lia currently serves on the board of Maine Rivers, helping to address a broad range of issues affecting the rivers of Maine. In addition, Lia advises students on issues of campus greening and approaches to engaging with environmental issues here in Maine.
Environmental Studies Research Scientist - Ben Neal
Environmental Studies - Associate Professor Philip Nyhus
Environmental Studies - Teaching Assistant Abby Pearson
Assistant Professor Travis Reynolds' primary research interests are in the fields of international environmental policy and sustainable international development. Drawing on institutional theories and ecological economics his research looks at common pool resource management problems and the roles of international, national, and local organizations involved in forestry and other natural resource management systems. His current work focuses on the design and performance of small- and large-scale carbon forestry projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor Tietenberg is author or editor of eleven books (including Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, one of the best selling textbooks in the field, and Emissions Trading, one of the most widely cited books in the tradable permits literature) as well as over one hundred articles and essays on environmental and natural resource economics. Elected President of the Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists (AERE) in 1987-8, he has consulted on environmental policy with the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Agency for International Development and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as several state and foreign governments. Tom attended and spoke at the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and has lectured on sustainable development at many international conferences. In 2006 he was designated one of six inaugural AERE Fellows and in 2010 he received the "Outstanding Public Service Though Economics" award from the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.
ES Affiliated Faculty
History- Professor Paul Josephson
Chemistry - Dr. Frank and Theodora Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King
To find out more about the Belgrade Lakes Watershed Sustainability Project visit http://web.colby.edu/epscor/
History - Professor Jim Webb
Biology - Leslie B. Arey Professor of Biological Sciences Herb Wilson