Colby Students at Bigelow Lab Engage in Genetic Study of Toxic Algae

An unprecedented harmful algae bloom off the coast of New England this fall provided a unique opportunity for Colby students studying at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Students in Bigelow’s semester-in-residence program conducting research along the Damariscotta River collected seawater samples during a large bloom of the harmful algae Pseudo-nitzschia, detected first near the Canadian...

Carlson Writes Op-Ed on Reality of Climate Change

An op-ed by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson details an increase in many deadly and debilitating diseases that are linked to climate change. “Make no mistake about it: Climate change is deadly,” Carlson writes Dec. 10 in the Morning Sentinel. She cites research from the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change and the U.S. Global...

Ecology Class

With Colby’s emphasis on undergraduate research, fieldwork, and exploration of Maine’s natural resources, it’s no surprise to find two dozen biology students combing the intertidal zone in Acadia National Park in October, identifying plant and animal species. But finding an exotic tropical fish they initially mistook for a cartoon character? And then publishing its photo...

Nyhus Published Invited Paper in Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program Philip J. Nyhus published an invited review paper, “Human–Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence,” in volume 41 of the journal Annual Review of Environment and Resources. The publication provides authoritative reviews of significant topics within environmental science. The journal is ranked third out of 104 ranked journals in the category...

Maine as a Laboratory: New Partnerships Bring Colby Students and Faculty to Allen Island, Herring Gut Learning Center

WATERVILLE, Maine—Colby College students, who already have access to unparalleled cross-disciplinary learning, now have more opportunities to enhance their education outside the traditional classroom—on the coast of Maine. New partnerships with the Up East foundation on Allen Island and the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde will turn these Maine treasures into learning laboratories...

McClenachan Coauthor on Ecology and Evolution Article

Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan coauthored an article titled “Collateral damage to marine and terrestrial ecosystems from Yankee whaling in the 19th century,” which appeared in Ecology and Evolution. The results of the research show that “the ecosystem impacts of whaling reverberated on both marine and coastal environments.” The article was a collaboration among McClenachan, Joshua...

Newcomb ’15 Well-Prepared for UMaine Ph.D. Program

Andrew Newcomb ’15 secured a Ph.D. research assistant position at the University of Maine to work on the Future of Dams project because of the preparation he received at Colby, a news story from the university reports. “Newcomb believes a good mix of science and humanities and social science courses at Colby prepared him well...

Colby Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Innovative Environmental Humanities Initiative

Colby has received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of a campus-wide multidisciplinary initiative in environmental humanities. This award will allow faculty and students in Colby’s arts and humanities programs to bring the perspectives of their disciplines to environmental topics in new ways, in partnership with the College’s...

Downtown Waterville Farmers Market to Move to Castonguay Square

  WATERVILLE, Maine, Sept. 29—The Downtown Waterville Farmers Market will be located in Castonguay Square beginning in the spring of 2017, Colby College and Waterville Main Street announced today. They have worked in partnership with the City of Waterville and business owners on Common Street to secure this new location. The move is the result...

Baldwin ’16 Publishes Fly-Fishing Story in DUN Magazine

Grace Baldwin ’16, who started a fly-fishing club at Colby, published an article in DUN Magazine: The Women’s Fly Fishing Magazine, titled “The Smallest Decision.” It recounts her “serendipitous journey into fly fishing” that began during her sophomore year at Colby and involved projects with Trout Unlimited. The article also chronicles a fishing trip to...

World Bank Research Digest Publishes Dissanayake Article on Preventing Deforestation

A World Bank Policy Research working paper authored by Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and collaborators was published in a special issue of the World Bank Research Digest. Dissanayake’s paper showcases World Bank research on International Development Association countries and was published to coincide with the IDA18 replenishment meetings held in Myanmar. The...

Gastaldo Receives His Eighth NSF Grant

Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research in South Africa. The grant, Gastaldo’s eighth from the NSF since coming to Colby in 1999, supports his groundbreaking work on the End-Permian extinction event that he has researched since 2003 in South Africa’s Karoo Basin....

Bevier Coedits Book On Amphibian and Reptile Adaptations

Associate Professor of Biology Catherine R. Bevier is one of three editors of the book Amphibian and Reptile Adaptations to the Environment: Interplay Between Physiology and Behavior (CRC Press, 2016). Bevier, an expert on animal behavior and behavioral ecology, wrote one of the chapters in the volume, “Physiological and Biochemical Correlates of Calling Behavior in Anurans with...

Nyhus Edits Biodiversity Book Series for Leading Science Publisher

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus is the editor of a new book series, “Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes,” published by Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. Books in the series focus on specific species or taxa across disciplinary boundaries and spatial scales....

Moore ’14 to Conduct Microbial Research in Antarctica

Kathryn Moore ’14 will spend eight weeks at Palmer Station on the Antarctic coast as part of a Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team conducting microbial research there. Starting in December, the four-person team will benefit from a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to “study microbial communities in Antarctica to better understand the...

Fleming Discusses Geoengineering on Berkshire Bookworld Podcast

Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James Rodger Fleming discusses speculative technological solutions to climate change, a subject he wrote about in the 10th and final volume of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. That volume is titled The Future of Sustainability. Berkshire Bookworld podcast host Karen Christensen interviews Fleming in the 21-minute audio interview...

In BDN, Graduating Senior Advocates National Monument in North Maine Woods

Sam Lovell ’16, who graduated last month, advocates for a National Monument in the North Maine Woods in a Bangor Daily News op-ed June 13. An environmental policy major and creative writing minor, Lovell reviews economic impact studies for the proposed park on Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. land in her piece, headlined, “After years of layoffs...

Angelini Presents Seminars and Develops Outreach Program on Bugs

Assistant Professor of Biology David Angelini presented two invited seminars in April, one at the University of Rochester and another at the University of Montana. Titled “Eco-evo-devo and morphogenomics: The integrative biology of wing polyphenism in a true bug,” these presentations relayed Angelini’s recent work into the environmental and genetic causes and evolutionary consequences of multiple developmental outcomes in...

Matsuura ’16 and Dissanayake Publish on Maine North Woods Park

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan T. M. Dissanayake and Ryu Matsuura ’16 published an article in the Maine Policy Review on preferences for the proposed Maine North Woods Park. Their research, conducted with Andrew Meyer of Marquette University, contributes to the ongoing public dialogue about the proposed park by analyzing the preferences of out-of-state visitors....

Janice Liang ’16 and Professors Collaborate on Article about Agriculture and Food in Ethiopia

Janice Liang ’16, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds, and Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology Cathy Collins are coauthors on an article published in April 2016 in AIMS Agriculture and Food. The article (online here) is titled “Effects of exotic Eucalyptus spp. plantations on soil properties in and around sacred natural sites...