Anne Kapuscinski

Prof Kapuscinski in CBC's "The Fridge LIght" Catch of the Day Podcast

Dartmouth Professor of Sustainability Science Anne Kapuscinski on why tilapia might just be the aquatic savior we need. And she talks about how beer is tied to her breakthrough research with Research Assistant Professor Pallab Sarker.

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Making Fish Food Less Fishy—and More Sustainable

Aquaculture—raising fish rather than harvesting wild species—is one way to feed a growing population without depleting fish stocks. But for the most part, farmed fish eat food whose protein and fat ingredients are made from other fish. To Professor Anne Kapuscinski, that doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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A Quest for Earth-Friendly Systems

With support of a $500,000 grant from the USDA, Professor Anne Kapuscinski, Research Assistant Professor Pallab Sarker, and their research team are working on how to solve some fundamental problems facing aquaculture, which is the world's fastest-growing good industry.

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ENVS 3, Sustainability, and the Dartmouth Organic Farm

Environmental Studies 3,  “Environment and Society: Towards Sustainability,” was my first class at Dartmouth. My daily walk to class was the only time which I’d ever happily walk from my dreaded River cluster dorm all the way to the Life Sciences Center.

Although I was interested in the topic, I was initially a little bit wary of the class. I think that I expected the curriculum would consist of putting depressing timestamps on earth’s future: X years until all the polar bears die; Y years until we have no clean water; Z years until fresh fruits and vegetables are a whisper of the past.

I felt like I might walk out feeling defeated and guilty for my existence on this planet as a fuel-burning, resource-consuming, waste-producing and toxic human being.

I was wrong. Instead, each class left me feeling energized. We learned about leverage points — places in a system’s structure where change can be best implemented; we realized how important it is to establish an economy that fits in a finite biosphere; we wrote papers on exciting opportunities for sustainability transitions and presented them to one another.

Vox Populi: Concerns About Genetically Engineered Salmon

By Anne Kapuscinski and George Leonard

Genetically engineered salmon: a turning point for the future of seafood?

If you care about your food and its environmental sustainability, you should be concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval, on Nov. 19, of a faster growing, farmed Atlantic salmon—the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.

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Anne Kapuscinski New Union of Concerned Scientists Board Chair

Anne Kapuscinski, a professor of sustainability science in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College, assumed the chairmanship of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) board of directors on October 28, 2015. She is the first woman to serve in this role.

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Professor Anne Kapuscinski wins the 2014 NPA Rachel Carson Award

Professor Anne Kapuscinski wins the 2014 NPA Rachel Carson Award.  "The Rachel Carson Environmental Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment."  For more information about Professor Kapuscinski's award visit the Natural Products Association website.  

Journal ‘Elementa’ Opens Sustainability Transitions Section

The journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, has announced that its Sustainability Transitions knowledge domain opened for submissions on September 4. The domain is edited by Anne Kapuscinski, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Dartmouth.

Elementa is a peer-reviewed, open access journal co-published by Dartmouth in collaboration with BioOne, and was launched in December 2013. It covers atmospheric science, earth and environmental science, ecology, ocean science, sustainable engineering, and interdisciplinary research on sustainability transitions. Published pieces are collected in six knowledge domains, each overseen by an editor-in-chief, who is assisted by a board of associate editors, all prominent scholars in relevant fields.

2010 Graduate’s ‘Growing Cities’ to Screen at Dartmouth

Daniel Susman ’10 spent four years at Dartmouth majoring in environmental studies and biology and working on the College’s Organic Farm. He spent the past three years putting his Dartmouth experience to good use. Since graduating, Susman has produced and directed a documentary film exploring the role of urban farms in America. Susman collaborated with the film’s co-producer and director of photography, Andrew Monbouquette. Susman and Monbouquette are both from Omaha, Neb., and were childhood friends.

Next week, Susman will return to Dartmouth to share what he’s learned. Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Film and Media Studies will co-host a screening of the film, Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America, on September 25 in the Black Family Visual Arts Center’s Loew Auditorium. The event is supported by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability Science.

Study: Tiny Fish Might Hold a Big Answer for Aquaculture

Several hundred Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) are currently swimming in tanks in the basement of Dartmouth’s Class of 1978 Life Sciences building. These tiny fish are part of an experiment being conducted by Anne Kapuscinski and her lab, which may lead to a more sustainable future for aquaculture.

Tilapia are the second most important farmed fish in the world by volume, says Kapuscinski, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science, “and we know that aquaculture is going to be increasingly important for achieving food security around the world. It’s the fastest growing food sector, but it’s growing in some ways that are unsustainable and raise real problems.”

Among these problems are the diets of farm-raised fish, which are fed diets consisting largely of fish oil and fish meal harvested from such fish as anchovies and menhaden. The production of this commercial fish feed is leading to over-fishing of these species, says Kapuscinski, the chair of Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Program.