Student Spotlight

Poli Sierra-Long '19, Growing a Miracle of Nature at the Dartmouth O Farm

All summer long, at Dartmouth’s organic farm, Poli Sierra-Long ’19 has been nurturing what she thinks of as a miracle of nature. Happen upon her watering or weeding her huge, rainbow-colored squash nestled in a robust web of vines, and you’ll hear a remarkable story of botanical survival.

In 2008, Canadian archaeologists excavating a site on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin found an 850-year-old pot containing squash seeds, which were planted a few years later. Second-generation seeds from those plants were given to Sierra-Long, a pre-med chemistry major modified with environmental studies. 

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Caribbean Coral Conservation and the Future of Fishing

Tyler Pavlowich has spent much of the last five years in villages along the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic, studying the interplay of fishing practices, the health of the area’s coral reefs, and the local economy.

Working closely with local fishermen, he has concluded that how they fish and what they catch can make a big difference to the coral reefs. “It isn’t surprising, given their extensiveness and biodiversity, that coral reefs form an integral part of the social fabric and economies in many tropical nations,” says Pavlowich.

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Student Spotlight: Oliver Edelson '18

ENVS major Oliver Edelson '18 co-authored a peer-reviewed article in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems with Andrea D. Basche titled "Improving water resilience with more perenially based agriculture."  Dr. Basche is an agroecology scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where Oliver interned and conducted research during an off-term in 17W.

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Student Spotlight: Environmental Studies major Julian Marcu '18

Environmental Studies major Julian Marcu '18 is featured in "A Deeper Shade of Green:"   Julian shares his thoughts on sustainability, energy & business, his study abroad program in Copenhagen, and his trip to CERA Week in Texas. Read about how Julian has cut his own trail here.

Alex Scalfani ’18 & Madison Sabol ‘18 - Sustainability Solutions Café - May 3

Sustainability Solutions Café with Alex Scalfani ’18 and Madison Sabol ‘18
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
B03 Moore

Our Civic Responsibility: Reflecting on the People’s Climate March

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen? How are Dartmouth students acting upon this role? In these tumultuous political times, it is more important than ever to be informed and active in representing environmental and social justice interests. In this talk, Madison and Alex will reflect on their experience at the People’s Climate March in DC on April 29 in respect to their background as environmental studies majors. In the words of Terry Tempest Williams, “Action is the antidote to despair.” Choosing to grow into our civic responsibilities may take us out of our comfort zone, but is essential for our personal journeys as agents of change.

Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum.

Video Projects

Selected “Ecopsychology” Final Video Projects:

Upper Valley Land Trust, Norwich Farms (Winter 2016)

Upper Valley Land Trust, Alswell Farm (Winter 2014)

VINS, Forest Exhibit, Bark Beetles (Winter 2016)

Four Winds Nature Institute, Nature Program (Winter 2016)

Selected “COVER Stories” Final Video Projects

Simon Dennis Story (Spring 2015)

John Heath and Mary Sutton-Smith Story (Spring 2016)

Beverly Daigle Story (Spring 2014)

Divest Dartmouth Receives MLK Social Justice Award

Accepting the student group award for Divest Dartmouth is Francesca Gundrum ’17, an ENVS major who said she first got involved in environmental issues while traveling the world working for research groups protecting whales, rhinos and turtles. “So my window on social justice started with animal rights,” she said. She joined Divest Dartmouth, she said, because it seeks to have a global impact.

On Jan. 26, at Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall, this year’s five awardees were recognized for their work in education, legal services, and climate change activism. They also participated in a lively panel discussion called “Conversations with Change Makers.”

This year’s winners:

Shawn O’Leary, director of the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement at the Geisel School of Medicine, received the Holly Fell Sateia Award.

Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of education in the state of Vermont, received the Award for Ongoing Commitment.

Leonard Greenhalgh, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business and faculty director for minority programs, received the Lifetime Achievement award.

ENVS majors present at the Bionutrient Food Assoc. Conference

Visiting Assistant Professor Selena Ahmed,  Alexandra Sclafani '18 and Calin Mason '18 are presenting a workshop titled "Flavor and Nutrition at the Marketplace" at the Bionutrient Food Association Conference this week.  The workshop is a culmination of research Professor Ahmed and the two students did stemming from "ENVS 25: Ecological Agriculture" this past summer.