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Colby’s 5,300-Panel Solar Field Ready to Generate Power—and Academic Opportunity

Colby will flip the switch on a nine-acre solar field this fall, the latest step in the College’s commitment to sustainable and climate-friendly practices. The new 1.9-megawatt photovoltaic energy project, announced last May, will supply about 16 percent of the College’s electricity. Colby declared carbon neutrality in 2013 and continues to work to reduce carbon...

McClenachan Coauthors Article in Science on Socially Responsible Seafood

An article coauthored by Loren McClenachan, the Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, appears in the June 2 issue of Science. Titled “Committing to socially responsible seafood,” the authors “propose a framework for social responsibility and identify key steps the scientific community must take to inform policy and practice” for the global challenge of “placing...

Rooney ’10 Rice Farm Featured in Morning Sentinel

Wild Folk Farm, co-owned and managed by Ben Rooney ’10, was featured in the May 25 Morning Sentinel leading up to the farm’s rice paddy transplanting celebration. The farm, which grows 12 varieties of rice, has been sold “across the country, from Hawaii to locally in Maine, and around the world to places such as Croatia and the...

Stokes Essay on Cancer and Gardening in Organic Life

An essay by Elisabeth Stokes, visiting assistant professor of English, ran in Rodale’s Organic Life May 12. Titled “I Didn’t Know How To Help My Friend Dying Of Cancer, So I Taught Her Son To Garden. Here’s Why,” the essay recounts the time Stokes spent helping her neighbor’s son plant a garden box. “He carefully tended his...

Josephson Contributes to Rachel Carson Center Blog

Professor of History Paul Josephson wrote a blog post on Seeing the Woods, a blog for the Rachel Carson Center. Titled “The Need for Public Environmental History,” Josephson urges historians to “take a much more public voice in describing problems and setting the agenda, and engage a greater number and diversity of audiences through public environmental history.”...

Colby Students Awarded Projects for Peace Grant to Explore Environmental Activism in China

Two Colby College sophomores have been awarded a prestigious Davis Projects for Peace grant to create a documentary about environmental activism in China—another example of how Colby students connect their liberal arts education to world challenges. Lijie (Reggie) Huang ’19 and Long Yung (Grace) Yu ’19 will spend this summer exploring the conflicts and challenges...

Carlson’s Testimony to Legislature Quoted in Maine Media

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson testified at a public hearing on a bill before the Maine legislature to incentivize testing of well water for contaminants, including arsenic. The Portland Press Herald and Maine Public both covered the Health and Human Services Committee hearing and cited Carlson. “Carlson detailed the impacts of arsenic poisoning in her testimony,...

Stone and Students Publish Seed Dispersal Article in Biotropica

Judy Stone, professor of biology and Dr. Charles C. and Pamela W. Leighton Research Fellow, has published an article in Biotropica, the journal of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. The article, “Diversity of seeds captured by interception exceeds diversity of seeds deposited in traps,” was written with a team of six Colby students who...

Fleming Reviews Make it Rain in Nature

In the April 5 issue of Nature, James R. Fleming, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, reviews Make it Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America by Kristine C. Harper. In the new book, “historian Kristine Harper treats weather control as a political agent in the hands of the American state,” Fleming writes....

Lauren Duca Quotes Carlson in Teen Vogue Article

Lauren Duca, who writes an op-ed column called Thigh-High Politics for Teen Vogue, quoted Gail Carlson, assistant professor of environmental studies, in her March 31 column titled “Climate Change Doesn’t Care Who You Voted For.” Fresh from a March 28 talk at Colby, Duca quotes Carlson in regards to President Trump’s executive order revoking environmental regulations enacted...

Now Collaborators, Professor and Protégé Are Finding Answers To Nature’s Questions

By Gerry Boyle ’78 Biologist Dave Angelini and his collaborator, Will Simmons ’17J, have published findings of their three-year study of the effect of pesticides on bumblebees and hope the results will have the scientific community looking for new solutions to the problem. Starting with a bee population kept in tents on campus, Angelini and...

Colby to Host Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting

Not every plant or critter in Maine’s forests, fields, and waters is beneficial to the state’s complex ecosystems. Later this month, Colby’s commitment to addressing environmental issues — including invasive species — will be highlighted when the College hosts the annual meeting of the Maine Invasive Species Network. Professionals from around the state will come...

Historical Climatology Interviews Fleming

As part of its climate history podcast project, Historical Climatology interviewed James R. Fleming, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society. The March 8 podcast with Dagomar Degroot “discusses how a plane crash launched Fleming’s career, the deep history and future prospects of geoengineering, and the birth of modern atmospheric science in the early...

Wilson Addresses Stanton Bird Club

Herb Wilson, the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, will address the Stanton Bird Club in Lewiston, Maine, March 6, in a talk titled “The Spring Arrival of Migratory Birds.” The Lewiston Sun Journal reports March 1 that Wilson “has been tracking the arrival dates of over 100 Maine breeding birds for more than 20 years,” and...

Fleming on CBC Radio Podcast with Tremonti

The CBC Radio podcast The Current included Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming in a Feb. 20 discussion titled “Can a $500 billion geoengineering project save the Arctic from melting?” In response to this particular project, Fleming told host Anna Marie Tremonti “I think we should study this but we shouldn’t...

Fleming Teaches, Lectures, and Writes in Sweden

Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming will be a guest of Linköping University, Sweden, in January and will present a seminar on “Climate Engineering: Barking Mad, WEIRD, and Male Dominated.” Fleming was part of a proposal-writing team that garnered more than 50 million SEK ($6 million USD) for the...

Reynolds Article Featured on Cover of Ecography

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds and Janice Liang ’16 published an article in the journal Ecography illustrating how sacred natural sites can inform ecological theories on habitat fragmentation in developing countries. The research, conducted in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins and other U.S. and Ethiopian partners, combines remote sensing data...

Colby Tackles Climate Change with New Gift for Environment Lab

WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College’s leadership on environmental issues got stronger this week with the announcement of a gift to support academic research, internships, and global experiences focused on environmental sustainability and climate change. The program is part of a larger plan to create funded opportunities for Colby students, giving them valuable tools to help...

Wilson Addresses UNE’s Center for Global Humanities

Ornithologist Herb Wilson, Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biosciences, presented a talk “The Patterns of Maine’s Migratory Breeding Birds” as part of the University of New England Center for Global Humanities’ lecture series. In this Dec. 12 lecture, Wilson summarized findings from his 22-year citizen-science project that monitors the arrival of more than 100 bird species in Maine...