ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
September 11, 2006
In this issue:
** Upcoming ES Events: First ES Colloquia: "Climate Change, Flowering, and Bird
Migrations: What is Happening and Why We Should Care.", Welcome Back Ice Cream Social
** ES Program News: Russ Cole and Philip Nyhus are on sabbatical, Curtis Bohlen and
Christopher Thoms join us for the year
** Campus Sustainability: RESCUE -- A Success
** Beyond Colby: Gubernatorial Forum Will Address Environmental and Energy Issues
** Jobs and Internships: Climate Action internship, ELR legal internship, farm
apprenticeship, GRNSS winter naturalist
** Upcoming ES Events:
ES Evening Colloquia
Tuesday, September 12
7:00 p.m. Olin 1, Join us at 5:30 for dinner with Abe in the private dining room in Bob's
Abe Miller-Rushing, PhD student Boston University
"Climate Change, Flowering, and Bird Migrations: What is Happening and Why We Should
Worldwide, many spring events are occurring earlier than they did in the past. However,
not all species are following the trend toward earlier spring activity. I will describe
which plant and bird species in New England are changing, which are not, and what this
might mean for natural communities.
Abraham Miller-Rushing graduated with a BA in Biology from Grinnell College in 2000.
After graduating, he led several youth conservation corps in the restoration of forest
understory vegetation in Maine. In 2002, he took a position with STINASU, the national
environmental organization in Suriname, as a Peace Corps volunteer. He is now finishing
his doctoral work at Boston University, where he studies the impact of climate change on
the timing of spring events such as flowering and bird migrations.
Welcome Back Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 15
2:00 in the balcony above Page Commons (second floor of Cotter Union)
Please join ES faculty, returning ES students and others interested in the major to kick
off the '06-'07 year with ice cream sundaes and brownies!
** ES Program News:
We have a few changes in the ES program this year. Professor Dave Firmage will be
Director of the ES Program this year, with Tom Tietenberg and Liliana Andonova on campus
as the core ES faculty.
Russ Cole is on sabbatical leave this year and David Firmage is now ably directing the
Environmental Studies Program. Russ and Suzi have moved to northern Virginia where they
will be living for their sabbatical year. Russ will return to the Smithsonian
Institution and work with colleagues in the Division of Mammals at the National Museum of
Natural History. He will be working on several projects related to the conservation of
the world's mammal species. Suzi, also on sabbatical, will return to the Library of
Congress and be working in the Division of Science, Technology and Business.
Philip Nyhus is spending his sabbatical working on multiple research projects. He is
currently in China, where he working with the Chinese government to assess the
feasibility of restoring protected areas suitable as habitat for the South China tiger,
which is extinct in the wild but may be reintroduced. He will be traveling to
Scandinavia, where he is researching wolf-human interactions and wolf management policies
related to his research on wolf conservation and management in the US. And he is editing
the second edition of Tigers of the World; The Science, Politics, and Conservation of
And joining us this year:
Curtis Bohlen will be filling in for Professor Nyhus. Professor Bohlen is an ecologist
with a lifelong interest in environmental policy and all things aquatic. He comes to the
Environmental Studies Program on leave from a position with Trout Unlimited, where he
works on stream and wetland restoration, conservation programs under the Farm Bill and
Maine environmental policy issues. He previously served on the faculty of Bates College.
Before moving to Maine, he worked on the wetland policy, ecological economics and
watershed management with the University of Marylands Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
and was Maryland Staff Scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He spent a year on
Capitol Hill as the American Institute of Biological Sciences Congressional Science
Fellow. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Ecology
from Cornell. In his spare time he reads to his kids and tries to stay in good enough
shape to survive cross country ski marathons.
Christopher Thoms is a visiting Faculty Fellow who is here to add environmental justice
content to Colby's ES program. He is teaching the first ever reading seminar in
Environmental Studies this Fall, and will be teaching "Introduction to Environmental
Justice" and "Conservation, Development, and Justice" in the Spring. Last year he taught
Environmental Studies at Knox College in Illinois. He earned his doctorate at the
University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment where he studied the
role of foreign aid in Nepal's community forest program. His research interests focus on
the intersection between conservation, rural livelihoods, and social justice. Dr. Thoms
will be living on campus as the Faculty Resident in Goddard-Hodgkins during his
** Campus Sustainability: RESCUE a success
Thanks to all who participated or shopped at this year's RESCUE sale. Once again, the
Physical Plant Department (PPD) led a very successful event. PPD, along with faculty,
staff, and student volunteers collected unwanted goods -- from couches, rugs, lamps and
fans to coffee urns, lacrosse sticks, and a guitar amp from students moving out in the
spring. Last Tuesday students lined up from the doors of the Fieldhouse all the way to
the street to purchase these "gently used" very useful items at bargain prices. All of
the clothes collected are donated to a local non-profit organization and the proceeds
from the RESCUE sale cover the costs of running the program.
Recycling at its best!!
** Beyond Colby: Gubernatorial Forum Will Address Environmental and Energy Issues
The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2 Tech) will open its Fall
program series by hosting a Gubernatorial Forum that will address environmental and
energy issues and feature the major candidates for Governor.
The event will be held Thursday, September 14th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the
Hannaford Lecture Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center on the Portland campus
of the University of Southern Maine. The cost is $10 for E2 Tech members and students and
$20 for non-members. A continental breakfast will be served.
To register, contact Ryan Triffitt at RTriffitt@rookscommunications.com.
** Jobs and Internships:
Each week we'll feature internships and jobs in the environmental field. Check here for
a look at the wide variety of opportunities available during Jan plan and the summer.
Never too early to be thinking about your next internship.
City Slicker Farms: Farm Apprenticeship
Contact: Willow Rosenthal
Description: City Slicker Farms, a non-profit urban farming program in West Oakland,
California is seeking qualified applicants for 2 year-long apprenticeships and 1 summer
Urban Farm Apprentices work in all areas of the program, including farming (planning,
obtaining supplies, propagating, planting, harvesting, etc.), volunteer management,
farm-stand sales, community outreach, event planning, construction projects, technical
assistance for community members, administrative work, and record-keeping. Apprentices
are expected to be able to work independently and manage others.
Location: Oakland, CA
Duration: 1-year apprenticeship or 2 1/2 to 3 months summer apprenticeship
Start Date: November 15, 2006 (Full Year); Flexible early Summer 2007 (Summer)
Hours: 35hrs/wk Wed-Sat plus other flex time
Compensation: Room and organic board $300 per month stipend Year-long Apprenticeship: 3
weeks vacation in December/January plus two weeks vacation Summer Apprenticeship: 1 week
vacation Lodging is walking/biking distance to work sites and 3 blocks from BART Train
Station (SF, Berkeley 10-15 minuts by train).
Application Procedure: If you are interested please request an application and send it
along with your resume to email@example.com. Application Deadline of October
10, 2006; For Summer position, please apply by April 30, 2007.
Gore Range Natural Science School, Winter Naturalist
Contact: Ann Stevenson
Description: The Gore Range Natural Science School (GRNSS) is an award-winning non-profit
organization that works to raise environmental awareness and inspire stewardship by
providing hands-on natural science learning experiences in the Colorado Rocky Mountain
The Winter Naturalist internship is designed for those wishing to broaden their
experience in the field of interpretation and environmental education. Naturalists work
on a rotating schedule which includes: researching, planning and presenting interpretive
talks and snowshoe walks for Vail Ski Resort and White River National Forest Holy Cross
Ranger District; preparing and teaching winter ecology lessons for ski school youth;
staffing nature/visitor centers; conducting field research; teaching lessons for an after
school program; assisting with special events and administrative projects; and creating
BA/BS or seeking a BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field;
current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications;
experience guiding or working with a variety of age groups;
ability to work flexible hours, including nights;
average to above average skiing and/or snowboarding skills
knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology and conservation issues
Location: Vail / Eagle County Colorado
Duration: November 29, 2006 April 15, 2007
Start Date: November 29, 2006
Hours: Flexible hours, mostly daytime
Compensation: Housing, Ski Pass, $175 week stipend
Application Procedure: Interested individuals are encouraged to go to our website
www.gorerange.org or to contact our office 970-827-9725 for an application. To be
considered for the position applicants should send a completed application, cover letter,
resume, and a list of 3 references to:
Gore Range Natural Science School
Attn: Ann Stevenson
PO Box 9469
(970) 827-9725 x14
ELR Legal Intern
For three decades, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has played a pivotal role in
shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, both domestically and
internationally. ELIs mission is to protect the environment by improving law, policy,
and management. For more information visit http://www.eli.org.
ELI publishes the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), the National Wetlands Newsletter
(NWN), and The Environmental Forum (TEF). ELI Legal Interns for Publications support
editors of these periodicals by conducting research, bluebooking, monitoring and writing
summaries of current events, and engaging in various tasks and special projects on an
as-needed basis. Part-time positions are available during the school year and full-time
positions are available during the summer.
Stipend: Interns will be paid $8 per hour during the school year. There is no stipend
during the summer.
Applications: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript
(including undergraduate transcript), list of references, ELIs employment application,
and a writing sample. Cover letters should address the candidates personal goals and
interests, as well as their experience and interest in environmental law and policy.
Application materials should be submitted September 15, 2006, for the fall semester,
December 1, 2006, for the spring semester, and February 15, 2007, for the summer to:
Municipal Climate Action Internship - Portland , ME
Organization: City of Portland
Description: Assist city with:
Greenhouse gas inventory
Project development and implementation
Outreach and education to neighboring organizations, schools, and businesses.
Qualifications: Undergraduate or Graduate students, excellent written and verbal
communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel necessary.
Terms: Part-time; Any semester (Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter Break); Unpaid or college
If interested: E-mail resume and cover letter to Amelia Ravin, Community Program
Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 259 2011.
Please include the internship title with your resume and cover letter and in the subject
line of your email.
Earth Science Associate, United States Geological Survey
Menlo Park, California
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) seeks assistance in the development of a
training program in support of a tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean Region. We
currently are in the process of deciding which seismic stations should come online to
include real-time data sharing with the international community as one part of the
warning mechanism for the future large earthquakes/tsunami waves. In addition, numerous
training courses will need to be developed to teach scientific leaders in the region how
to maintain their systems and how best to disseminate warnings.
Our objective is to prepare the programs to train local scientists to install, upgrade
and maintain seismic stations in five countries in the Indian Ocean, such that real-time
data is shared with the international community and can be used as a basis for issuing
warnings of tsunamigenic events. The ultimate goal is to save lives for the people most
in harm's way.
Project Duration One - Two years (budget dependent)
Start Date October 1, 2006
Hours per week 40
Pay $14.90 - $17.73
The intern would become familiar with the working of the USGS, a world-renowned
scientific organization. The intern would see how seismic instrumentation in the field
provides data that can be used for a variety of tasks. The intern would have the chance
to participate in the development of some very important, long-term products that would
be used by researchers around the world.
For the Indian Ocean, scientists in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the
Maldives will need assistance in learning to operate and maintain equipment necessary to
have an effective warning system. This may involve training in geology, tectonics and
tsunami hazards, or other duties as they arise. Travel to the region is likely.
Bachelors or Masters Degree in a geology related field. The candidate should be
interested in geophysics, specifically earthquake hazards and seismic data.
Application Deadline 09/20/2006
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House