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Each year, the Marsh Institute sponsors formal lectures and seminars that expose faculty and students to contemporary research on human-environment interactions, foster rich discussions, and catalyze future research.

These seminars include the George Perkins Marsh Institute/Jeanne X. Kasperson Library Seminar Series, the Albert, Norma, and Howard ’77 Geller Endowed Lecture Series, and the Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowed Lecture Series.

Spring 2023 Seminar Series

January 26, 2023

Jon Denton-Schneider

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Deworming as HIV Prevention for Young Women: Evidence from Zimbabwe

February 23, 2023 - Postponed due to weather

Gustavo Oliveira

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography

Sustainable and Transparent Soy Supply Chains? A Political Ecology Critique of Neo-Malthusianism and Eco-Modernization Theory

March 23, 2023

Robert J. Johnston

Director, GPMI and Chair, Clark University’s IRB

Linda Cote

IRB Administrator at Clark University

Understanding Requirements for IRB Approval and Exemption Under the Revised Common Rule: How to (Without Frustration) Compose a Successful Protocol for Human Subjects Research

March 30, 2023

Albert, Norma and Howard ’77 Geller Lecture Series

Lisa Schipper

Professor, Department of Geography, University of Bonn

Acting on Climate Change Adaptation – When Science, Policy, and Practice Don’t Align

Note: Grace Conference Room – 4:30-6:00 pm

April 27, 2023

Co-sponsored by the Debra I. and Jeffrey A. Geller Endowment and the George Perkins Marsh Institute

The speakers are:

Imani Jacqueline Brown – Research Fellow, Forensic Architecture

Lola Conte – Advanced Researcher, Forensic Architecture

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All seminars are open to the public and will take place 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Lurie Conference Room, University Center. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with speakers is encouraged. Please note that masks are currently optional. Details of these seminars and other events related to the mission of the institute can be found on the Calendar of Events.

Previous Seminar Series

  • 10/20/2022 – Stefanie Covino, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, Creating Practitioners for the Blackstone Watershed: Bridging Academia to Community Partnerships for Climate Resilience
  • 11/3/2022 – Rebecca Dickson, TerraCarbon LLC, From Research to Practice: The Need for Science Driven REDD Policy
  • 11/17/2022 – Max Ritts, Clark University, Environmental Conservation in an age of Data Sovereignty: Reflections from the North Coast
  • 9/30/2021 – Stefanie Covino, Blackstone Watershed Collaborative, The Future of the Blackstone Watershed
  • 10/28/2021 – Bonnie Ram, Center for Research in Wind Energy, Hurry Up but Wait: Gigawatt-Scale Deployments of Offshore Wind Power and Cross-Cultural Stakeholder Engagements
  • 11/18/2021 – Abby Frazier, Clark University, Climate Variability and Drought in Pacific Islands
  • 2/3/2022 – Asha Best, Clark University, Towards a Critical Geospatial Analysis of Police Violence
  • 3/3/2022 – Florencia Sangermano, Clark University, Connecting Massachusetts’ Landscapes to Soundscapes
  • 4/7/2022 – Theo Eisenman, UMass Amherst, Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Greening Theory and Practice
  • 4/14/2022 – Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service, Regenerative Urban Ecology: A Next Phase for Science and Society
  • 9/12/2019 – Youjin Chung, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Conservation, Agro-Industrialization, and Land-Water Enclosures in Coastal Tanzania
  • 10/3/2019 – Michael Mann, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, George Washington University, Predicting High-Magnitude, Low-Frequency Crop Losses Using Machine Learning: An Application to Cereal Crops in Ethiopia
  • 11/14/2019 – Adrian Treves, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Scientific Integrity and Just Preservation
  • 11/21/2019 – Jenn Baka, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Penn State, Cracking Appalachia: A Political-Industrial Ecology Perspective
  • 1/30/2020 – Chi Ho Sham, Eastern Research Group, Inc., Protection of Drinking Water Supply Sources:
    Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned
  • 3/12/2020 – Robert Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute and Professor of Economics, Clark University, Secrets of Research Proposal Success: What Top Grant-Writers Know
  • 3/26/2020 –Theo Eisenman, UMass Amherst , Architecture and Regional Planning — Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Greening Theory and Practice
  • 4/2/2020 – Martín Abregú, Ford Foundation, Natural Resource Extraction as a Problem of Social Justice: What Role for Civil Society?
  • 9/20/2018 – Jim Wescoat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Geographies of Rurban Drinking Water Planning in Pune District, Maharashtra
  • 10/18/2018 – David Newburn, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, Water Quality Trading in the Presence of Existing Cost Share Programs: Implications for Water Quality Management in the Chesapeake Bay
  • 10/24/2018 – Wil Burns, School of International Service, American University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering
  • 11/15/2018 – Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science Practical, Application of Economics in Evaluating the Benefits of Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem
  • 1/24/2019 – Robert Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University, How to Develop Successful Collaborative Grant Projects and Proposals
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