Sustainable Environments Articles & Blogs
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
April 4, 2017
Karen E. Frey, associate professor in the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and research associate professor in the George Perkins Marsh Institute, has been appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Only two U.S....
March 28, 2017
Clark University President David Angel speaks at a March 24 event recognizing a new, state- of-the-art solar awning installed at the National Grid Sustainability Hub.
March 16, 2017
Researching spoon-billed sandpipers in the Arctic might not sound like a job for a prospective M.B.A. student, but that’s exactly what led Meghan Kelly down the path toward graduate school at Clark University. In a recent blog article for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International’s...
March 14, 2017
Glaciers can seem fairly straightforward: they’re large, move slowly and when global temperatures rise, they melt. However, Ashley York, a geography doctoral candidate at Clark University, is discovering the icy behemoths’ relationship to climate change is more nuanced and complex. She’s mapping terminus, or frontal,...
March 2, 2017
Clark University doctoral candidate Melishia Santiago grew up with palm trees and warm weather near sunny Atlantic beaches in Florida and Puerto Rico before coming north to Massachusetts for college. Now, she spends her time thinking about ice, specifically how climate change impacts sea-ice extent in the western Arctic...
February 10, 2017
It took a village comprising EcoTarium exhibit staff, more than 50 organizations and 200 individuals, including Clark University professors and students, to create the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “City Science: The Science You Live.” Inspired by the City of Worcester, the exhibit took seven years to develop and...
December 14, 2016
Over the sound of forks scraping dishes and friendly conversation on a cool November Monday, cheers arose when a student who had just finished dining in Clark University’s Higgins Café put an empty plate on the dish belt.
November 30, 2016
When Leo Breton ’85 was getting ready to apply to colleges, he already knew he was going to major in Physics. His mother suggested he check out Clark University because of its links with Robert H. Goddard, “the father of modern rocketry.” Clark was the only university to receive Breton’s application. Leo Breton '85 It’s...
November 22, 2016
“This has the potential to be big — really big.” So announced John Baker, professor of biology, as he helped kick off the Nov. 3 event for Networked Communities, the new Clark University initiative that connects students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking.
November 18, 2016
As a best-selling food author and former columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman ’71 isn’t afraid to be bold — with the dishes he creates or his stances on controversial food- and health-related topics. A vocal opponent of the impact of factory farming on Americans’ health and the environment, among other issues...
November 8, 2016
The rate at which carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because terrestrial ecosystems are grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades, according to a new multi-institutional study published online in the journal Nature Communications. Christopher A. Williams,...
November 1, 2016
For the first time, new research has compared the impact of bark beetle outbreaks versus climate on the occurrence of large wildfires across the entire western United States. The Clark University study points to climate, not beetles, as the main culprit, suggesting new approaches to managing forests and preventing...
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...
September 29, 2016
Author, builder and HGTV show host Derek “Deek” Diedricksen spoke about the benefits and popularity of “living small” during a recent presentation for Home (De) Constructed, the Higgins School of Humanities’ fall dialogue symposium.
September 26, 2016
Clark University junior Odgerel Chintulga took her LEEP project back home this summer. The native of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, conducted research on the mining industry’s impact on the nomadic people of Khanbogd. Odgerel Chintulga interviews families in Mongolia. Chintulga (pictured), who majors in environmental science and...
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.”
September 6, 2016
Dry air stresses plants just as much as dry soils, and this source of plant stress is becoming increasingly severe as the planet warms, according to a study published Sept. 5 in the journal Nature Climate Change. Christopher A. Williams
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...
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...
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.
August 18, 2016
Clark University graduate student Meghan Kelly’s summer job as a cruise director might bring to mind visions of island hopping, basking in the sun and relaxing poolside in a deck chair. The Arctic isn't all snow and ice, as Meghan Kelly finds during an exploration on shore.
August 9, 2016
Gary Cohen ’78 is a genius. That’s what the MacArthur Foundation insists. Last year, Cohen was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and its accompanying monetary prize — commonly known as a “genius grant.” “I have a lot of trouble with this genius thing,” he admits. “I’m not a genius. I had a good idea and I’ve worked hard, and...
August 1, 2016
Behind the closed doors of the nondescript trailer in a city parking lot, leafy lettuces and bushy herbs sprout from vertical rows of gutter-like panels. The plants are fed nutrient-rich water while dangling strands of blue and red LED lights bathe them in an otherworldly pink glow.
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...