George Perkins Marsh Institute Articles & Blogs

Robert Johnston standing in front of pond
October 11, 2016
Flint, Michigan, officials decided to save $5 million by switching the city’s water source to a more risky alternative. That fateful decision not only exposed 8,000 children to lead poisoning, it also could cost taxpayers an estimated $395 million or more to address the long-term health, educational and social problems...
Edward Carr speaks as part of a panel at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for Scholars in Washington
September 23, 2016
President Obama calls climate change “the greatest threat to future generations.” Yet Americans have not responded to his call to action, he acknowledged recently, because climate change “is not an instantaneous catastrophic event. It’s a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t see.”
Kate Markham collecting soil samples that will be analyzed for mercury content at Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru
September 2, 2016
Madre de Dios, in the northern Amazon region of Peru, has been hard hit by the devastating environmental effects of gold-mining. “Whole areas have been transformed into veritable deserts and wastelands,” The Guardian reported recently. That ongoing damage drew Kate Markham, a second-year student in Clark University’s...
A barred owl at left, next to another picture of a northern spotted owl
September 1, 2016
The Pacific Northwest is in the middle of "Owl Wars," in which the possible extinction of the northern spotted owl is being weighed against the intrusion of another — the barred owl. After a decade of planning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has concluded that the only way to save the spotted owl from extinction...
Isabel Miranda '17 - Hawaii
August 26, 2016
Isabel Miranda '17 (foreground) during her NOAA fellowship. Not every college student gets to enjoy a summer in Hawaii, but that's where Isabel Miranda '17 was over the past few months — although she didn't spend her days relaxing on the beach or riding the waves.
Undergraduate students at Clark University involved in the HERO program outside at a work site
July 18, 2016
Five Clark University undergraduate students on yearlong HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) fellowships presented their research last week on how trees in the Worcester area are faring several years after the invasion of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). The research opportunity epitomizes Clark’s LEEP (Liberal...
Eastern coyote, or what some would call coywolf
July 15, 2016
The eastern coyote: Considered by some to be “invasive,” the animal — which is generally the size of a  medium dog — now can be found in every town in Massachusetts (save Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard), according to the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. But is it really a coyote? William Lynn Two Clark...
Clownfish in coral reef
May 13, 2016
Faye Harwell ’15, MS’16, has some words of advice for Clark University’s three Marsh-Mosakowski National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows this summer: You never know how you’ll end up using the invaluable experience gained through a research project for NOAA. Take larval samples. Harwell encountered...
Coastal flooding
April 15, 2016
Robert Johnston, Clark University professor of economics and director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute, shared insights into his research in a recent talk, “The Economics of Sea Level Rise, Coastal Vulnerability and Adaptation: Choices and Tradeoffs in New England.” 
Threespine stickleback fish
April 7, 2016
As a recipient on an $8.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Clark University will be a major participant in the world’s largest coordinated, multi-national project on the study of evolution. The research could fundamentally shift our understanding of the evolutionary process. The University will receive $...
Political Ecologies of Meat by Jody Emel
July 20, 2015
Livestock production worldwide is increasing rapidly, but there are many concerns about the sustainability of increased meat production and consumption. “Political Ecologies of Meat” (Routledge, 2015), co-edited by Clark University Professor of Geography Jody Emel, examines these issues from various perspectives, including...
February 9, 2015
Flooding occurred in Waterford, Connecticut, during Hurricane Sandy, October 2012. (Maureen Fitzgerald/Town of Waterford)