Kappa Psi Upsilon Environmental Studies Fellowships
Anna Barnes – Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
My project at CEI — completing an assessment of CEI’s internal environmental impact — gave me an in-depth look at institutional sustainability. The process began with research on frameworks and best practices and then moved to data collection, presenting results and identifying goals for improvement. I felt truly welcomed at CEI and found a great balance of independence on my project alongside support from my supervisor and numerous CEI staff who exposed me to the range of services that CEI provides for promoting sustainable rural communities.
"The fellowship project involved completing an environmental impact assessment of CEI’s internal operations under the guidance of CEI president, Keith Bisson. The process included researching best practices and frameworks, calculating a baseline of CEI’s environmental footprint, and developing a tracking system that CEI can use to track progress and set goals for the future. This work aimed to help CEI reaffirm its commitment to promoting a green economy and document its status as an environmentally responsible organization. The fellowship also provided many opportunities to learn about the roles that CEI plays in promoting good jobs, sustainable enterprises and shared prosperity in rural areas."
Clara Booker – Grow Smart Maine
Clara Booker (Environmental Studies and History Major) worked for GrowSmart Maine (GSM), a state-wide non-profit dedicated to community revitalization, conservation of farmland, forest and shoreland, and sustainable economic development in communities across Maine. Clara was primarily responsible for conducting a food-system research project in Gardiner, ME to be used as a model for other communities. Secondly, Clara contacted communities that GSM has worked with in the past through the program Making Headway in Your Community in order to determine how GrowSmart Maine can continue to support their growth. Clara also did some work editing and updating GSM’s websites. Clara learned extensively about non-profit work and their role in assisting communities in improving quality of life for residents while simultaneously being conscious of the environment.
"After working for GrowSmart Maine (GSM) this summer, I have learned more about the economic growth challenges facing small communities in Maine and the creative work being done by non-profits like GSM and engaged citizens to address them. I had the opportunity to research how the food system within the City of Gardiner has evolved and can serve as a model for other Maine communities. It is inspiring to hear to hear stories of the planners, farmers, non-profits, and residents that make Maine...Maine. "
Masie Campbell – The Nature Conservancy
This fellowship with TNC exposes the student to many aspects of conservation. The student collaborates with individuals from many departments including stewardship, data visualization, and communications. Provided with opportunities to explore field work, attend meetings on varied topics, and to contribute meaningfully to TNC’s operations, the fellow is never bored. Merely looking out the window of the office will remind the student of the importance of conservation and reaffirm his or her connection to nature. Learning about the roles and contributions of others in the office will hopefully inspire the student to engage in a life-long commitment to and enthusiasm for the environment.
"Every day at TNC, I learn something new. Through direct research, meetings, and field work, TNC provides many opportunities to explore conservation and nature. Working with an international conservation group, I’ve been able to follow global initiatives with local applications and it’s been a privilege to contribute to those efforts. This summer, I have researched policy and environmental impacts, created maps, worked with culvert data and assisted with other small projects from a mussel rescue to editing websites."
Charlotte Hevly – Town of Brunswick Planning Department
The Town of Brunswick’s Department of Planning and Development oversees municipal activities concerning the management of community, economic, natural and historical resources. The fellow attended town meetings as well as meetings for larger regional projects. In addition to assisting with the various projects that pass though the office, including editing reports, preparing meeting materials, and monitoring conservation land, Charlotte worked individually to collect and map the locations of veterans’ graves in Brunswick cemeteries. Working in the town office and at several field locations, Charlotte was exposed to the wide-ranging role and responsibilities of the town planner and local government.
"Experiencing the day-to-day operations of Brunswick’s Department of Planning and Development allowed me to gain valuable insight into several aspects of town governance. I witnessed the Town’s collaboration with different levels of government as well as with non-profit and community groups, businesses, and individuals. Through involvement in these matters I witnessed the extent of a town government’s responsibilities and the intersection between policy, politics, and the environment at the local level."
Matt Keller – Maine Conservation Voters
Through the ES Program’s Maine-based Environmental Fellowship program, Matt worked in both Augusta and Portland with Maine Conservation Voters and its auxiliary field team, Climate Action Maine. He helped with everything from legislative and gubernatorial candidate endorsements to letter drops at the offices of Senators Collins and King. A considerable amount of his time was spent creating an exhibit on climate refugees at Portland’s World Refugee Day and working on MCV’s 2018 Environmental Scorecard, a publication aiming to educate the public on Maine’s environmental politics and hold our legislators accountable for their decisions.
"This summer, I’ve had a great experience as an intern at Maine Conservation Voters. Working closely with many inspiring individuals who have played significant roles in Maine’s environmental politics, I’ve gained a better understanding of local environmental issues, the work of environmental nonprofits, and what it takes to create political change. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet several of Maine’s legislators (along with Janet Mills and the Governor of Washington)."
Sam Milligan – Natural Resources Council of Maine
Sam is the intern for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, an Augusta-based environmental advocacy group. He has spent extensive time researching various policy initiatives and drivers, from compiling pages of quotes from environmental leaders around the country to analyzing renewable portfolio standards in New England. Sam has also compiled voting statistics for the Land for Maine’s Future bond, using data from 1987 to the present. Outside the office, Sam participated in site visits to fish elevators and solar farms, as well as sitting in on legislative sessions and committee hearings, while using these experiences and relevant news events as source material for blog posts on NRCM’s website.
"I have spent a wonderful summer at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. I’ve researched policy initiatives in Maine and nationwide, compiled voting data for past elections, observed committee meetings and floor votes in the State House, visited solar farms and fish elevators, and written blog posts and letters to the editor for local papers. It has been a thrilling window into the world of environmental politics and advocacy."
Katie Morse-Gagne – Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s fellowship position offers insight into—and intimate involvement in—a wide array of aspects of running an environmentally-focused community nonprofit. Projects for the 2018 fellowship included researching Crystal Spring Farm’s history and compiling materials for new signage at the property, helping organize and lead events at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, conducting research for the Merrymeeting Food Council, writing blog posts and a white paper to the Board, and engaging with a variety of tasks at the garden, the farmers’ market, and several Land Trust trails. A wide variety of experiences is coupled in this position with a chance to work in greater depth and with independence on certain projects.
"In any given day at the Land Trust, I might find myself weeding carrots, researching a local farm’s history, or helping to organize a field trip for elementary schoolers to the community garden—or, more likely, all of the above. The fellowship has given me an excellent opportunity to see the workings at every level of the organization, and to connect with both beautiful areas of Brunswick’s land and genuinely inspiring members of its community, both within the office and elsewhere."
Diego Velasquez – Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
The fellow for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association is tasked with producing a podcast series on an issue decided on between the fellow and MCFA. This summer, Diego is creating a three-part podcast series on fishermen and development along the Portland working waterfront, which has led him to conversations and interviews with fishing families, city officials, developers and city stake-holders. Diego has also participated in addressing working waterfront issues along the coast of Maine such as parking, recreational claims, rising sea levels and right of access disputes as well as the day-to-day tasks of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association.
"The best part of this fellowship has been the opportunity to talk to Mainers about their livelihoods and to make a positive impact on the day to day lives of people in a place that I can now call home. The passion of the people that I work with and for at Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association have made this experience truly inspiring."
Kappa Psi Upsilon Environmental Studies Sustainability & Environmental Justice FellowshipsJasmine Long – Conserve Nature Forest, Luga Lake
Conserve Natural Forests, an environmental NGO in Pai Thailand, dedicates itself to reforestation and wildlife conservation since its establishment in 2014. CNF offers ecotours to visitors who are interested in conservation projects, providing a great opportunity for interns to interact with hundreds of tourists from all over the world and conduct academic research. CNF encourages interns to be independent and responsible for organizing their work and provides rich opportunities for interns to engage in other areas of interests, including marketing campaigns, photography and crowd funding videos.
"My summer interning at Conserve Natural Forests in Pai, Thailand has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to have worked with such a vibrant, young, and genuine organization. I gained a fresh look on what is important to me in my future work environment, which is a place with genuine motivation and dedication."
At the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau, a staff of lawyers and scientists work together to enforce state and national environmental laws through affirmative and defensive litigation. As a Science Intern, Miranda researched environmental issues and wrote reports to assist with current, and to help shape future, litigation. Miranda extensively researched the adverse health and environmental effects of common sunscreen ingredients. She also researched the environmental impacts of EPA’s proposed changes to its regulations of, among other things, offshore drilling, greenhouse gases, and neonicotinoid pesticides. Miranda was inspired by the Bureau’s dedication to harnessing the power of science and law to hold industry and government actors accountable and to protect the State and Nation’s valuable natural resources.
"As a Science Intern for the AG’s Environmental Protection Bureau, I worked with scientists and lawyers to develop convincing arguments grounded in the most comprehensive and up-to-date research possible. I was inspired by the collective power of science and law to effect environmental change, even in the most challenging political circumstances. I am proud of the work this office does to fight for the environment within and far beyond New York’s borders."
Cooke Environmental Research Fellowships
Marie Caspard - National Park Service Maine Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
This summer, Marie worked for the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) on mapping and trail assessment projects in a range of places, from Hallowell and Norway to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. For these projects, explored trails and old roads, mapping them using GPS technology and created maps and reports from them. A number of other projects included surveying park visitors, visiting local historians and landowners, as well as assisting with publicity for the annual Springvale Farmwalk.
"I think it’s important to bridge the gap between outdoor experiences in awe-inspiring national parks and our own backyards or local parks. By building awareness of local resources by supporting the development of trail networks, signage, events, etc. the RTCA helps bring the benefits of the national parks into communities across Maine. Their work makes opportunities for exercise and recreation, appreciation of natural beauty, connection with nature, family time, etc. more accessible in our own backyards. I loved having the opportunity to get to know certain areas' trails, vegetation, visitor use patterns, etc. very well."
Marina Henke - St. Louis Urban History Archival Research
As a Cooke Fellow for the Environmental Studies Department, Marina Henke (Environmental Studies and Africana Studies) conducted research for a senior honors project about the environmental history of the River des Peres. The primary watershed for St. Louis city and much of the surrounding county, the River des Peres has as much become a cultural symbol of dystopian environmental management as one of the main components of St. Louis’ drainage and sewage system. This summer, Marina began what will be a year-long study of the des Peres, accessing local historical archives and connecting with community experts.
"Through my fellowship I was able to explore the rich and largely untouched archive of St. Louis’ River des Peres. The fellowship afforded me the time to reacquaint myself with a river that was a central locus of my childhood in St. Louis. Whether sifting through engineering plans, walking the trash-lined banks of the des Peres, or taking a back seat at a coalition meeting of local activists, I exited the summer in awe of the academic breadth of the river and excited for my continued work."
Lauren Hickey - Food Sovereignty in Maine: An Exploratory and Comparative Approach
Researching food and agriculture in Maine under Professor Starobin allowed Lauren to develop a new set of social science research skills, including how to ask clear and precise questions, take field notes, and build strong and trusting relationships with interviewees. Along with Calvin Soule ’20, she travelled throughout various counties in Maine to gain a better understanding of the uniqueness of the Maine food system and interview farmers about their practices/philosophies and how they interact with other farmers and food system organizations to access resources. She is excited to be on the forefront of a long-term project under Professor Starobin to establish stronger partnerships between Bowdoin and stakeholders in the Maine food system.
"This summer was an incredible opportunity to reinforce my passion for food systems and also develop an entirely new set of skills as a social science researcher, such as how to ask clear and precise questions, take field notes, and build strong and trusting relationships with interviewees. It was especially enlightening to travel throughout Maine to gain a better understanding for the critical role of food and agriculture in rural communities’ health, economic development, and vibrancy."