Sustainable Environments Articles & Blogs

HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) Fellows for 2016 at Clark University
June 3, 2016
The Asian longhorned beetle Five Clark University undergraduates recently joined a fight against a common enemy of tree lovers in Worcester and beyond: the Asian longhorned beetle. Imported to the United States via infested wood pallets from China and Korea in the 1980s, the invasive pest was discovered to have killed...
Clark University Antarctic Researcher Luke Trusel
June 1, 2016
Though nearly 10,000 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts, Antarctica holds a significant place in the history and lore of Clark University. Today, ongoing scientific research by Clark-affiliated researchers is again focused on Antarctica. They want to more clearly define the true threat of global warming – and how quickly...
Clownfish in coral reef
May 13, 2016
Faye Harwell ’15, MS’16, has some words of advice for Clark University’s three Marsh-Mosakowski National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows this summer: You never know how you’ll end up using the invaluable experience gained through a research project for NOAA. Take larval samples. Harwell encountered...
GIS image of gypsy moth movement mapped across United States
April 20, 2016
J. Ronald Eastman remembers arriving at Clark University in 1981 as a visiting professor. The chair of the Geography Department handed him a computer – the first one in the department – to use in cartography classes. “It looked like a glorified Etch-a-Sketch screen,” recalled Eastman (pictured). “Nobody knew what to do...
Coastal flooding
April 15, 2016
Robert Johnston, Clark University professor of economics and director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute, shared insights into his research in a recent talk, “The Economics of Sea Level Rise, Coastal Vulnerability and Adaptation: Choices and Tradeoffs in New England.” 
Samantha Arsenault, graduate student at Clark University
April 8, 2016
Just months after graduating from Clark, Samantha Arsenault ’15 found a way to put her economics degree to good use. She conducted research with Associate Professor Laurie Ross to examine a daunting community problem: whether boys who witness or are victims of crimes in childhood may later be drawn to violence, criminal...
Clark University Climate Change Teach in
March 30, 2016
"What is it about humans?" The question rings true of just about anything people do, but it has special resonance when considered in the context of our planet's fate.
Paper ball and a paper ball earth
March 30, 2016
Audience members at the "Disposable Goods, Disposable People, Disposable Planet" panel at March 23 Climate Change Teach-In raised the question "What makes a good life?" in relation to cultural values.
Climate change panel at the Climate Change Teach-In at Clark University
March 30, 2016
The stakes are high. The planet is changing profoundly. What does it mean, what is possible, and what is needed? Clark University's second Climate Change Teach-In on March 23 brought the campus together for a deep consideration of the challenges to the planet's health. The day featured a variety of teach-in sessions and a...
Writing a different future - Climate Change Teach-in on Speculative Fiction
March 30, 2016
In his 2006 film "Children of Men," director Alfonso Cuarón lays out a bleak vision of the future: nearly two decades of human infertility have left society angry, violent and hopeless. But tucked into the “extras” on the DVD of the movie is a documentary that may be even more bleak than the movie itself because it...
Image of data mapping seasonal trends in vegetation in United States
March 29, 2016
An ongoing debate in the scientific community — one that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz and others have used to reject human-induced climate change — involves an apparent decade-long "hiatus" in global warming.
Researchers walking toward satellite dish in the forest
March 20, 2016
The work of the Marsh Institute is informed by a fundamental question: What is and ought to be our relationship with nature? The institute uses both fundamental and use-inspired research to help answer this question.
Clark University Climate Change Teach-In is March 23
March 1, 2016
Naomi Klein delivered the Feb. 26 President’s Lecture, which kicked off the University’s second annual Climate Change Teach-In to be held March 23. The Teach-In is a campus-wide event exploring the climate crisis and possible responses to it through a series of panels, presentations and dialogues. "Climate change is a...
Produce at a supermarket
February 22, 2016
One in six Americans struggles with hunger. That's 49 million people. It's a disarming statistic, and it's also an unnecessary one, insists Doug Rauch, the former president of the Trader Joe's Company grocery chain.
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
October 12, 2015
Luke Trusel, postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, stands near sea ice covered in melt ponds at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, in 2010. Trusel received a Ph.D. in geography at Clark University in 2014.
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
October 1, 2015
Top prizes in the Hervey Ross ’50, L.H.D. ’07 LEEP Oratorical Contest went to (left to right) Themal Ellawala ’17, third place; Jules Ochoa ’16, second place; and Gabby Seligman ’16, first place.   Gabby Seligman ’16 stood on the stage in Jefferson 320 and embarked on a walking tour — without ever leaving the building....
Mount Katadhin, Tallest Mountain in Maine, 5 Clark Students posing with sign at the top
September 10, 2015
The world-famous Appalachian Trail is getting a lot of attention lately, from the release of the film “A Walk in the Woods,” based on author Bill Bryson’s 800-mile trek and starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, to a not-so-flattering Associated Press article about how some hikers are treating the trail.
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
July 22, 2015
The Graduate School of Management and the International Development, Community, and Environment Department are proud to announce that two dual-degree graduate students have been chosen as Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps fellows this year. Christian Davies (MBA/MS-Environmental Science & Policy, ’16), and...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
October 20, 2014
Deborah Martin, associate professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, Joseph Pierce (Florida State University) and James DeFilippis (Rutgers University), were recently awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their four-year project titled "The scale of governance in the...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
April 4, 2014
The Clark University Graduate School of Geography has awarded more Ph.D.s than any other geography program in the United States. The Clark University Graduate School of Geography has been selected to join a prestigious group of institutions that receive funding from the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation for U.S.-based...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
August 14, 2013
Asian Longhorned Beetle   Five years ago, the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) descended upon Worcester County and forced the removal of over 30,000 trees from the area, dramatically altering the lives in, and landscapes of many local neighborhoods. In recent years, local organizations and city, state, and town officials...
Fire and Ice - Clark University
May 5, 2013
For centuries, human beings — from poets to religious leaders to scientists — have speculated about the end of the world. Will it conclude with a whimper or a bang? Will we be consumed by fire or slowly freeze to death? These fatal visions reflect our instinctive fear of a climate that's either "too hot" or "too cold" for...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
November 1, 2012
  President David Angel presented a certificate to Andrew Hostetler '13, in recognition of the senior's O'Connor HERO Fellowship, during a reception for student scholars and researchers at Harrington House on Oct. 16.
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
June 15, 2012
The 2012 HERO Fellows: (back row) Joeseph Danko, Sean Peters, Andrew Hostetler, Abigail Nehring, Andreas Jozwiak, and Patrick Sheppard; (front row) Shannon Palmer, Michelle Seefeld, Martha Ziemer, Gabriela Spitzer, and Emma McDonell. Clark has been awarded a three-year, $329,992 grant from the National Science Foundation...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
May 24, 2012
Prof. John Rogan Clark University has been awarded a three-year, $329,992 grant from the National Science Foundation for a new program titled, “REU Site: Mapping Beetles, Trees, Neighborhoods, and Policies: A Multi-Scaled, Urban Ecological Assessment of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion in New England (HERO).” This...

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