• The Most Urgent Untold Environmental Stories of our Time
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    The most urgent untold environmental stories of our time

    Find out what four Switzer Fellows think are the most urgent untold environmental stories of our time.

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  • Networking calls now open to colleagues of Fellows
    Network Events

    Networking calls now open to colleagues of Fellows

    Switzer Fellows are now able to invite a colleague or two to join our networking calls.

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  • Evan Hansen running for West Virginia House of Delegates
    Fellows in the News

    Hansen runs for West Virginia House of Delegates

    1996 Fellow Evan Hansen hopes to bring a perspective that's based on science, data and policy analysis.

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The application period is now open for 2016 Switzer Fellowships!

Leadership Story

Bringing field ecology online

If outdoor learning were a religion, Erika Zavaleta would be among its foremost acolytes. An online ecology course, she realized, could attract students who would never consider taking a class requiring live field trips. By bringing field biology to a broader range of people, Zavaleta hopes the course will help broaden racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in ecology and environmental studies. “I’m interested in making more ways for people to have an entry point to get interested in conservation, an internship at a reserve, or taking a class with a field component.”

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Feb 5, 2016
When Robert Klee took over as Connecticut's Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection in 2014, he viewed his role as that of an implementer. As he indicated when he took over, it was...Read more >
Feb 4, 2016
"We’re documenting over and over again the importance of forests for mitigating floods and providing dry season water,” says Jefferson Hall, a forest ecologist at the Smithsonian...Read more >
Feb 3, 2016
Mayor Megan Barry announced today she has added two staffers to focus on transportation and sustainability. Transportation and Sustainability Director Erin Hafkenschiel comes from California...Read more >
Feb 3, 2016
Twelve faculty members released a revised version of the University’s diversity action plan, “Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion,” Thursday night. A draft of the University’s...Read more >

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