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April 19, 2018
Clark alumni recently returned to campus to share their insights with budding environmental scientists about their educational and career pathways and strategies for how best to prepare for a successful professional future.
Lyndon Estes standing next to tree on Clark University campus
April 4, 2018
A study led by Clark University geographer Lyndon Estes and published this week in Nature Ecology and Evolution suggests how ecologists might employ better methods and scales for collecting data on ecological phenomena. Ecologists study ecosystems by comparing changes over time and between different areas of a region or...
Kathryn Parent of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, leads a group of Clark students on a tour next to the river at River Bend Farm Visitor Center at the Blackstone Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Massachusetts
March 15, 2018
When Aidan Giasson ’21 arrived at Clark University from Rockland, Maine, in fall 2017, she wasn’t yet sure about her academic interests. A First-Year Intensive (FYI) seminar with Associate Professor of Geography Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.’03, helped Giasson sort that out. "The class helped me discover what some of my true...
Several students gather with Professor Richard Peet on the staircase of Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University in 2004
February 28, 2018
Clark University Geography Professor Richard (Dick) Peet will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) at the association’s Annual Meeting in April. The AAG will honor Peet “for his extraordinary career as a scholar, teacher, mentor, editor and activist.” “AAG honors are among...
Russia
February 14, 2018
Hardly a day goes by when American media outlets don’t cover a new bombshell about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But what’s the Russian view? “I don’t think collusion is on the radar of the average Ivan on the street. It doesn’t affect them.” Lucian Kim '92  “Often, there isn’t one,” Lucian Kim ’92...
Trump supporter holds sign saying "Teamsters 4 Trump"
January 25, 2018
As President Trump and other global leaders headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, two international publications featured timely articles by Yuko Aoyama, associate provost, dean of research and professor of geography at Clark University, and three Clark geography alumni, examining the backlash against...
Sun setting over California coastline near the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve
January 16, 2018
Clark University geographers received a shout-out in a recent article in The Atlantic about a rare gift that will create a nature preserve on 24,000 pristine acres in California.
Olivia Barksdale sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream
December 8, 2017
Problems of Practice (POP) courses at Clark University allow undergraduate students to gain internship-like experience outside the classroom. This semester, students in Professor John Baker’s POP course on “Small-Scale Land Conservation in Massachusetts” connected not only with the great outdoors but with local...
Four NOAA Fellows stand on campus green
November 9, 2017
Clark University’s 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows returned to campus this fall after a summer of research in Massachusetts and Maryland. Their faculty mentors and other attendees honored the four undergraduates at a lunch this week on campus. Sponsored by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute...
Marissa Callender feeds an elephant in South Africa.
October 5, 2017
Marissa Callender interacted with amazing wildlife, like elephants here and in photo above, during her internship with Africa Media. Marissa Callender ’18 recently experienced a summer of firsts. It was the first time she traveled alone to a new continent; the first time she snapped a selfie with an elephant; the first...
Marissa Callender
October 5, 2017
Elephants, sharks, and gibbons, oh my! Marissa Callender ’18 encountered them all during an environmental journalism and travel writing internship in Mossel Bay, South Africa – a coastal town about 240 miles east of Cape Town.
Older man on his knees, cutting his lawn with scissors
September 28, 2017
In the spring of 1999, Paul Robbins feared he would become what he most dreaded: a “lawn person.” He had just bought a house in Columbus, Ohio, complete with a spread of turfgrass. One day, his neighbor leaned over the backyard fence, pointed to the purple-flowered ivy threatening to overtake Robbins’ lawn and proclaimed...
Stock photo of beautiful manicured flower garden and lawn
September 28, 2017
Some homeowners take pleasure in their yards. For others, the grass is always greener elsewhere. Undergraduate and graduate students working as part of Clark University’s Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Program several years ago interviewed homeowners in the suburbs north of Boston to uncover how people...
Erica Issenberg sitting in front of computers, with Terrset GIS image on screen
September 21, 2017
Since her high school days in Vermont, where she was involved in social and environmental justice movements, Erica Issenberg ’18 has always sought to change the world for the better. At Clark University, she has found others who share her passion for justice, and discovered new ways to make a difference, whether in...
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
September 18, 2017
Olivia Schwartz ’19 blended her passions — for music and the environment — to hit the perfect note with her LEEP project. Schwartz, a global environmental studies major and musician herself, interned with REVERB, a nonprofit organization that helps major music acts lead more environmentally sound tours. Specifically, she...
Anthony Jreije stnaind on a beach in Beirut with buildings in background across the water
September 15, 2017
Imagine paying 90 percent of your income on rent. That’s a reality facing many residents of Beirut — and a focus of Anthony Jreije’s research into the politics of gentrification in Lebanon’s capital. The Clark University undergraduate’s project has been supported by Steinbrecher and Condakes fellowships and the LEEP Center...
Alex Hayes paints a brick wall at the Elm Park Community School in Worcester a shade of pink as part of a mural for POW WOW Worcester.
August 29, 2017
For the next week or so, you’ll find Alex Hayes ’16 surrounded by that which he loves – art and the Worcester community. “Art is a part of my life,” he says, peering up at a three-story brick wall at Elm Park Community School that artist Kristin Farr is transforming for POW! WOW! Worcester. The mural festival, in its...
Goeldi's monkey in tree
July 26, 2017
An international team of scientists, including a Clark University geographer, has pinpointed the world regions most vulnerable to species loss due to intensified agricultural development. Their findings were reported in a recent Nature Ecology and Evolution article titled “Biodiversity at Risk Under Future Cropland...
Hannah Cormey looks at a tree - Clark University
July 25, 2017
For 18 years, more than 100 undergraduate students have received funding from the John T. O'Connor '78 Endowed Fund for Environmental Studies to participate in Clark University’s HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) program. In HERO, students conduct research on local environmental issues, gaining skills and...
Map of the world
July 18, 2017
Eleven Clark University graduate and undergraduate students received funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other competitive programs for teaching assistantships, research and study abroad. “The fact that 11 of our students have received such highly competitive and prestigious awards in nine different...
Professor Chris Williams, geography, Clark University
July 10, 2017
Christopher A. Williams, associate professor at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and adjunct associate professor of biology, will join the North American Carbon Program’s Science Leadership Group (NACP), nominated by members of the Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group.
Aoyama Yuko - Clark University Faculty
June 6, 2017
Clark University has named Graduate School of Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama to the position of associate provost and dean of research, effective June 1. Read about Yuko Aoyama's latest book, "The Rise of the Hybrid Domain."
Clark University Sustainability Hub
June 6, 2017
Clark University President David Angel has joined leaders of 182 colleges and universities, 125 cities, 9 states, and 902 businesses who have signed “We Are Still In,” an open letter released June 5 to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement.
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
John Hite seated on bench on Geography Department room, with stained glass window in background
May 18, 2017
John Hite ’17 has used his double major in geography and Spanish at Clark University to work with communities in Mexico. From helping create more sustainable methods of raising chickens, to developing a policy brief to mitigate deforestation, he has lived up to Clark’s motto: “Challenge Convention, Change our World.” In...

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