Fellows in the News

Aug 14, 2020
“Mars has been our mirror, our foil, a telltale reflection of what has been deepest in our hearts,” Dr. Johnson writes in the book’s forward. “We have seen in Mars a utopia. A wilderness. A sanctuary. An oracle. With so few landmarks, guideposts, or constraints, all is possible; without data that...Read more >
Aug 14, 2020
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a Climate and Ocean Change Policy in July on a unanimous vote, making them the first state fish and wildlife commission in the nation to adopt such a measure. Tavis Forrester, a Research Wildlife Biologist with the department, was the team member...Read more >
Aug 14, 2020
The long and devastating history of hurricanes can help society make more informed decisions about how to confront what is likely to be an increasingly tempestuous future—if we pay attention, writes Eric Jay Dolin.Read more >
Aug 6, 2020
We compiled a list of books authored or edited by Switzer Fellows in late 2019 and 2020. If we missed adding a work, please let Lauren know so we can add it. Blavascunas, Eunice. Foresters, Borders and Bark Beetles: The Future of Europe's Last Primeval Forest. Indiana University Press; 2020. Dolin...Read more >
Jul 21, 2020
Five teams from across North America have been selected as finalists for the Connectivity Challenge , a $100,000 incentive prize launched by the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation late last year. One team will be chosen as the winner following a virtual pitch event on September 16...Read more >
Jul 18, 2020
Genie Bey is now an Environmental Protection Specialist with the DC Department of Energy and Environment. She is on the flood risk mitigation team within the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch, working on green infrastructure planning and implementation for the District. Visit Genie's...Read more >
Jul 18, 2020
Dave Kramer has joined UT Austin as their Program Director of the Planet Texas 2050 program . The program happens to include support for a research team that Miriam Solis is on. Her research project is "Urban planning for an uncertain future: Climate change, equity, infrastructure, and health" -...Read more >
Jul 18, 2020
ABSTRACT Offshore wind farms are rapidly being permitted along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Exposure of northern gannet ( Morus bassanus ) to multiple wind farms could affect the population because gannets are vulnerable to both displacement and collision. A critical question is whether...Read more >
Jul 18, 2020
Fellow Alicia Daniel, Executive Director of the Vermont Master Naturalist Program, leads viewers on a spring hike to learn the characteristics of 10 common Northeast trees in this video.Read more >
Jul 16, 2020
Brenda Zollitsch, PhD is Senior Policy Analyst for the national nonprofit Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM). On June 22, 2020 the Trump Administration's new Navigable Waters Protection Act went into effect. This new rule replaces Obama's Clean Water Rule and significantly reduces the...Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

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.”Read more >

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