George Perkins Marsh Institute


Call for Student Applications: The 2015-16 Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards for Projects Relating to Sustainability

The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces the Geller Student Research Award Competition for 2015-2016. The awards were established by the family of Dr. Howard Geller '77. Geller Student Research Awards are intended to support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of sustainability in the human use of resources and the environment. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for awards. We anticipate making 3-4 awards in amounts ranging from $1,001 to $2,500, and several smaller grants, up to $1,000. It is the intention of the committee to award at least one-third of regular and small awards to undergraduate projects, again subject to the number and quality of applications received. Applications must be submitted by students. The deadline for applications is October 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm, EST. Click here for details.

Questions should be directed to Dana Marie Bauer, Assistant Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Seminar Series 2015-16 Academic Year

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2015-16 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminars are open to all in the Clark community. The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with the speaker is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired. The second seminar of the series is as follows:


"Those Gendered Outcomes Aren't Bugs, They're Features! Transitioning Mali's Agrometeorological Advisory Program from Humanitarian Assistance Intervention to Development Project"
Thursday, October 8, 2015
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
University Center Grace Hall

Edward Carr, Director and Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University

Please view our full listing of future seminars.

Institute Announces a New Assistant Director


The George Perkins Marsh Institute welcomes Dr. Dana Marie Bauer as the new Assistant Director. In this new position, Dr. Bauer will assist in all aspects the Institute's administration, with particular emphasis on the development of new, collaborative research initiatives. Dr. Bauer is an environmental economist with particular interests in conservation and sustainability, and has extensive experience with large-scale, interdisciplinary research. Her biographical sketch and CV may be found here.

Setting Aside Half the Earth for 'Rewilding': The Ethical Dimension

The Conversation 8/26/2015

William Lynn, Research Scientist in Ethics and Public Policy at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, authored this article, which begins: "A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is EO Wilson's Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, which is due early next year. It builds on his proposal to set aside half the Earth for the preservation of biodiversity. The famous biologist and naturalist would do this by establishing huge biodiversity parks to protect, restore and connect habitats at a continental scale." More »

2014 Waterford Report

2014 Waterford Report cover

The Marsh Institute has just published a report that describes a 2014 survey undertaken in Waterford, Connecticut and evaluates residents' attitudes on a number of issues related to coastal storms and flooding. For more information, see the pdf copy of Adapting to Coastal Storms and Flooding.