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Masters in Global Environmental Policy
Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

The Global Environmental Politics Program in American University’s School of International
Service seeks highly qualified students who are dedicated to social change for sustainability.

Among the defining features of our Master’s degree program are the following:

Innovative degree options: SIS offers a professional Master of Arts in Global Environmental
Policy (GEP) and a unique dual-degree program in Natural Resources and Sustainable
Development (NRSD), in partnership with the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

A commitment to service: The School of International Service is the most diverse graduate
program in international studies in the US, with a core mission of service and strong
commitments to globalism, social justice, and civil society. The school also features innovative programs in areas such as international development, peace and conflict resolution, social enterprise, and international communications that serve as resources for GEP/NRSD students.

Strategic Washington location: Our Washington location provides access to a host of
intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations for site visits, research, internships, and employment. As one of the longest-standing programs of its type, we have a large alumni network giving our students access to institutions, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

Faculty expertise: Our core faculty includes Ken Conca (global governance, water,
environment/conflict/peacebuilding); Garrett Graddy (agro-ecology, political ecology,
biodiversity, bio-ethics); Sikina Jinnah (climate, global governance, international institutions); Simon Nicholson (food security, biotechnology, political economy of sustainability); Malini Ranganathan (urban issues, water and energy, climate adaptation and risk reduction); Judy Shapiro (China, Asia, environmental security, environmental justice); and Paul Wapner (practice of environmentalism, social movements, environmental ethics). We also have several affiliated faculty of international reputation, including Robin Broad (environment, development, globalization), Dan Fiorino (US environmental policy), David Hunter (international environmental law), and Matthew Nisbet (climate change, US environmental movement, environmental communication).

Leading by example: Our green building (LEED-certified Gold), designed by Cradle to Cradle
author William McDonough, provides an important hub for sustainability events in the
Washington area. Our campus has the largest installed solar capacity of any institution in
Washington, and we are involved actively in American University’s ambitious commitment to
achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

For more information about our programs, contact Dr. Judy Shapiro <shapiro@american.edu>
and visit http://www.american.edu/sis/gep/Index.cfm


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University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus IGERT Program: Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics

Description: The NSF-funded IGERT program at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras aims to train Ph.D. students to develop interdisciplinary and collaborative research for environmental problems in urbanizing, tropical landscapes. Puerto Rico has had a dynamic environmental history, suffering nearly complete deforestation, then enjoying forest recovery, and then experiencing urban sprawl as the economy modernized. This last shift produced environmental problems, overlaid by changes in climate and vulnerability to catastrophic storms, making Puerto Rico an ideal place to conduct integrative research. IGERT research can focus on many topics involving environmental themes in the urbanized tropics such as climate, water, food security, renewable energy, waste management, biodiversity, and urban system services. Fellows work together with natural and social science faculty as well as government agencies, NGOs, and community groups to develop dissertation questions that directed to environmental problems in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Benefits: $30,000/year for two years; $2,000 for travel and education materials; office, computer and software usage; reserved space in all special courses and workshops

Website: http://envsci.uprrp.edu/igert
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contacts: Rafael Rios Davila PhD, Program Director rafaelrios00936@yahoo.com
Sheila Ward, Program Associate Director seward@hpcf.upr.edu

Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Program Coordinator, uprrp.igert@gmail.com

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The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a joint program between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Both MS and PhD degrees are offered. The program offers a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG, with faculty from both institutions. The state-of-the-art Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a tremendous resource for students, and the Chicago region provides a stimulating environment for research in conservation and sustainability.

Faculty research areas include:

Climate change
Conservation genetics
Crop evolution and diversity
Invasion biology
Paleobotany, paleoecology, and paleoclimate
Plant-animal interactions
Plant demography and reproductive ecology
Plant and fungal systematics and evolution
Restoration ecology
Soil ecology and fungal diversity

To learn more, contact program director Nyree Zerega
(nzerega@chicagobotanic.org) or visit:


Application deadlines:
PhD: December 31, 2012
MS: February 15, 2013

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Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world.

You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site: http://www.greencorps.org.

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Call for Applications: Summer Graduate Research Training Workshop

Research Ethics and Cultural Competence in Environmental Science, Engineering and Related Fields

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)
Syracuse, New York
August 17-19, 2011

This summer, the Dept. of Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF will host a three-day graduate training workshop, part of the NSF-funded, Northeast Ethics Education Partnership with Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies. The workshop, to be led by Drs. Dianne Quigley (PI) and David A. Sonnenfeld (co-PI), is designed for up to 20 graduate students in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies and related fields in upstate New York, planning to conduct field-based environmental research for their dissertation or thesis work, and who need or desire training on protection of human subjects, including for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review of their research plans. Priority will be given to second or third year PhD students in the process of developing their research proposals.

Developing research ethics protections with communities and culturally-diverse groups needs more attention in research ethics training. More and more community groups are forming partnerships with academic researchers. Both communities and cultural groups need to ensure that research exploitation, community stigma harms and culturally-inappropriate research practices can be prevented in research interventions. Communities and cultural groups increasingly require that research activities produce beneficial change and positive outcomes to their local community settings. For all the particular contextual and cultural conditions of place-based communities, community-based beneficence and approvals for research will involve very complex decision-making for research designs, methods and outcomes.
Training in research ethics and cultural diversity will prepare students with new research approaches/ methods appropriate to environmental field research, community-based partnerships and research with cultural groups. Participants will learn about required human subjects protections (i.e., informed consent, beneficence), ethical and cultural competence theories, and will review environmental case studies for community-based, culturally-appropriate approaches. Upon completing the workshop, graduate students will be prepared to complete IRB applications and address common human subjects protections.
The workshop will be held from August 17-19, with 12 hours of classroom training and 3 hours of follow-up, on-line training. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for “Research Ethics/ Human Subjects Protections and Cultural Competence Training”. On-campus lodging will be provided for participants not residing in the Syracuse area; lunch will be provided for all participants.
Applications: To apply, please send the following three items to ethicsworkshop@yahoo.com: (i) a cover letter explaining your interest in participating in the workshop, (ii) a one-page research abstract, and (iii) a résumé with contact information for both you and your advisor. Deadline: 5:00 pm, EDT, May 13, 2011. For further information, please contact: Drs. Dianne Quigley: Dianne_Quigley_1@brown.edu or David Sonnenfeld: dsonn@esf.edu.

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Graduate Research Assistantship: Land-Ocean Exchanges (Marine Sciences, U. of Georgia).

Available immediately is a PhD/MSc position aimed at linking hydrology and biogeochemistry to assess elemental cycling in groundwater at the land-ocean interface.

Active projects include the study of carbon outwelling from a Gulf of Mexico salt marsh (http://octopus.marsci.uga.edu/~outwelling/), nitrogen transformations in carbonate sands of Australia (http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/esm/cb/index.php/59/) and the Georgia Coastal Ecosystem LTER (http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/).

Candidates with a background in natural sciences or engineering and an interest in numerical modeling and biogeochemistry please contact Dr. Christof Meile (cmeile@uga.edu; http://octopus.marsci.uga.edu).

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