George Perkins Marsh Institute


Pre-announcement 2016 NOAA Internship Opportunities


The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces a competitive internship program for Clark University undergraduate students interested in ocean, coastal and atmospheric research. This program is sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Through this program, scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships for summer 2016. Opportunities will be available in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities will be overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager (henceforth, the NOAA supervisor), and advised by a Clark faculty mentor. Internships will be offered in natural and social sciences, and are for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Starting dates are flexible, but most internships will begin in June and end in August. Interns will be selected on a competitive basis, and will receive a summer stipend of $4500. We anticipate placing three interns from Clark during summer 2016.

Available internship opportunities and full application guidelines will be posted in January (approximately January 22) on this website. Student applications will be due in February. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply up through their third year of study (current seniors are not eligible). The program is aimed primarily at those in their junior year (i.e., most internships will occur between the junior and senior years). Any questions should be directed to Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute or Jim Gomes, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.

Grant to Fund Gang Violence Study in Worcester and Three Other Mass. Cities

Worcester Telegram and Gazette 11/8/2015

"... A $286,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant will help researchers examine the impact of organizational changes made to government and community groups for four Massachusetts cities, including Worcester. ... Laurie Ross, associate professor of community development and planning at Clark University, serves as local action research partner for the Sen. Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative in Worcester. She said for the city's plan to stem youth violence, changes in both training and policy are needed, including ones that address structural racism. 'One of the domains of the plan is around creating spaces of healing for boys and men of color,' she said. 'There are different parts of this plan that do address it.'" More »

How Did a Canine Hybrid, 'Coywolf,' Emerge in Front of Our Eyes?

The Christian Science Monitor 11/8/2015

"It seems that a hybrid of coyote, wolf, and dog DNA makes for a potent mix, as scientists have observed in a fit, new canid family member that's been spreading through the eastern part of North America. The 'coywolf' — also known as the coydog, the eastern coyote, the tweed wolf, the brush wolf, the northeastern coyote, or the new wolf — was first described by scientists in the 1960s. ... This type of hybridization among mammals has rarely been documented, reported Jonathan G. Way, a research scientist at Clark University, in a 2013 paper in The Canadian Field-Naturalist journal." More »

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.

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.

Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for the Eradication of Poverty

Institute of Development Studies 10/17/2015

"Livelihoods perspectives have become increasingly central to discussions of rural development over the past few decades. ...As Tony Bebbington of Clark University in the US comments, the book 'places livelihood thinking in context, explores its applications, explains its limits and - perhaps most important of all - persuades the reader that being political and being practical are absolutely not mutually exclusive options in development, whether writing about it or working within it'" More »