Sustainable Research

Bowdoin faculty and students are on the frontlines of sustainability research in fields spanning earth system science, coastal studies, environmental justice and public policy. Bowdoin students have accompanied Bowdoin faculty on fieldwork from Antarctica to Greenland, and from the ocean bottom to the Australian tree canopy.

Through funded summer research, independent studies or honors projects, students can deepen their personal interest in topics connected to their studies - and to the community.

Current areas of Bowdoin faculty climate research include:

  • Elevated CO2 in forest ecosystems
  • Impact of climate warming on high-latitude ecosystems
  • Analysis of global changes in atmospheric CO2 and O2
  • Changes of marine plankton communities and productivity
  • Climate policy
  • Understanding relationships between climate and Inuit cultures of Labrador and Greenland
  • Investigating the polar ice cap as an archive of past atmospheric mercury

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Research Spotlight

Faculty- and Student-led Research

Merrymeeting BayFaculty- and student-led research is playing a key role in helping the local community re-vision the physical and social environments of its unique river and coastal landscapes. A team of Bowdoin scientists, scholars and artists is conducting a long-term study of nearby Merrymeeting Bay, which continues to yield evidence of ecologic degradation that is aiding state and federal restoration efforts of this unique estuarine waterway.

Bowdoin's Psi Upsilon Fellowship

Psi Upsilon FellowshipBowdoin's Psi Upsilon Fellowship supports a summer of research by letting a student explore sustainability by working directly with an organization, agency or company that is focusing on the transition to a more sustainable society. Examples of projects include green design, calculating metrics of sustainability, and developing systems for conversion to alternative energy systems.

Community-based Research

CommunityCommunity-based research centering on local agricultural concerns has been the focus of several recent independent study and honors projects by Bowdoin students.