Research and Education

Bowdoin's unique location on the Maine coast offers a living laboratory for environmental exploration, and our centers for learning and research provide a connection among coastal, arctic, and environmental studies that is singular among undergraduate institutions.

The College's cluster of faculty expertise in climate-change research spans boreal, atmospheric, Arctic and Antarctic environments - and offers Bowdoin students opportunities to participate in important research in the laboratory and around the globe.

Sustainability issues weave through Bowdoin's interdisciplinary curriculum, from disciplines as far-reaching as architecture, geology, economics, visual art, biology, mathematics, history and English. Many of these courses include a community or statewide partner, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom concepts to real-world challenges at home. Learn more about sustainability in Bowdoin’s academic programming by exploring the links below:

Bowdoin Environmental Studies 

The highly multidisciplinary curriculum of Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies Program challenges students to approach sustainability as scientists, artists, and scholars – and to make a positive impact with their own research and projects.

Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies Weekly Newsletter

For up-to-date announcements on everything from lectures and movies to job posting and internship postings.

Sustainability related fellowships and Internships

Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies Department offers approximately a dozen sustainability related fellowship and internship opportunities each summer.

Coastal Studies Center 

The Coastal Studies Center occupies a 118-acre coastal site with 2.5 miles of shoreline that is twelve miles from campus on Orr’s Island, and known as the Thalheimer Farm. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and features a marine biological laboratory with flowing seawater, a terrestrial laboratory, a pier and dock facility, meeting spaces, and a scientific buoy in Harpswell Sound.

Kent Island Research 

Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station is a field station off Grand Manan Island, in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada, where students and faculty can conduct research in ecology, animal behavior, marine biology, botany, geology and meteorology.

Earth and Oceanographic Science 

In Bowdoin’s Earth and Oceanographic Science major student’s study the processes of the Earth's interior, surface, and oceans, that help them analyze issues such as climate change, new energy supplies, water pollution, the changing biological and physical nature of the world's oceans, and natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes.