Publishing with Professors
From topics as varied as childhood obesity in Mexico to the discovery of new galaxies, Macalester students research with faculty and publish the results.
Green Architecture Intern
When David Weiss interned with Locus Architecture, he saw how concepts from his environmental studies classes were applied in construction and remodeling.
Young Alumni Entrepreneurs
Young alumni create new enterprises by combining ideas, initiative, and determination.
COP21, Confronting Climate Change
Students share their experiences at COP21, the international conference devoted to addressing climate change.
Sustainability for Global Citizenship
Students combined class time with a paid summer practicum as teams developed sustainability projects with community organizations.
Climate Change & the City
This summer, Macalester environmental studies professors and students worked on climate-adaptation projects across St. Paul.
Goats and Garlic Mustard
Macalester biology students lived and worked at Ordway Field Station this summer, conducting research on plant nutrition and more.
Global Citizenship Awards
2015 Global Citizenship Student Awards recognize outstanding work with communities near and far.
National Parks Intern
Intern Olivia Nelson worked on water quality issues at Coldwater Spring, a nearby national park on the Mississippi River.
A new course brings together climate science and economics to determine efficient ways to address climate change.
Notes from South Africa
Lucy Kane '15 writes about her experience so far on Macalester's study abroad program in South Africa.
Herding in Mongolia
Karen Weldon '14 spent her study abroad semester in Mongolia.
Partial to Baby Animals
Does this photo make you more sympathetic to climate change? For most, the answer is yes, according to Rowena Foo '16 and Professor Christie Manning.
The Beez Kneez
An environmental studies degree led Erin Rupp '04 to a carerr producing honey and educating kids about the importance of bees.
A Sense of Place
Connecting students to the community is a growing part of Macalester’s mission.
Professor Chris Wells in his new book Car Country untangles the complicated relationships between automobiles and the environment.
Through an internship, Joel Mandella ’14 made it easier for electric vehicle drivers to find charging stations.
Interning with the MPCA
Michael Galgay ’14 studied urban forests with the MPCA.
Helping Global Farmers
Compatible Technology Institute intern Brianna Besch ’13 learns how innovative tools—like the bicycle-powered potato slicer—help poor farmers get enough to eat.
Will Steger Intern
Meeting acclaimed polar explorer and climate change activist Will Steger was a highlight of Mark Riegel’s internship.
Global citizenship on two wheels
This year’s Live It grants take students into neighborhoods ranging from the Twin Cities to Ghana, all in the name of putting global citizenship into action.
Exploring Energy Efficiency
Rosie Mate ’12 focused on physics, French, environmental studies, and economics at Macalester. She studies energy efficiency from different perspectives, too.
Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members
Macalester College has granted tenure status to Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology; Liang Ding, Economics; Laura Smith and Dan Trudeau, Geography; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies and Chuen-Fung Wong, Music.
Where social justice and environmentalism meet you’ll find this popular Macalester class.
Kyle Gename '13 interned at Permaculture Research Institute, where he worked on restoring toxic soils so that people could safely use the land to grow their own food.
Professor Roopali Phadke and three students held wind energy symposiums over the summer to help residents create policy. more
Students and Sustainability
Students at Macalester are making it possible for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Geographers Go National
Geography majors Ross Donihue ’11 and Slavisa Mijatovic ’12 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., honing their skills at National Geographic. more
Two Sides of Cape Town
"What struck me most wasn’t really the difference in wealth or race, but the surprising cultural shift in community on the other side." —Will Chilton ’11 more
Natalie Locke '11 created a unique program at Macalester - the Sustainability Student Worker Network that has led to a number of green initiatives on campus. more
The Chickens Have Arrived
Emily Hanson '11 is part of the student-run group MULCH (Macalester Urban Land and Community Health) that is taking care of six chickens on Macalester's campus. more
Macalester grants tenure to two faculty members
Macalester College has granted tenure status to Jamie Monson, professor in the History Department, and Roopali Phadke, associate professor of Environmental Studies Policy & Politics in the Environmental Studies Department.
Will temperature and CO2 continue to share the same pattern in the future that they have shared for the last 600,000 years? Professor Louisa Bradtmiller is hunting down the answer. more
Macalester Professor Discovers CO2 Stored in Deep Pacific During Ice Age
Paleoclimatologists have long wondered why atmospheric CO2 was so much lower during the last glacial period. Where did the carbon go? Macalester Environmental Studies Professor Louisa Bradtmiller demonstrates, in a new paper, that the deep Pacific Ocean (below 2000 meters) likely stored more carbon during the last glacial period than the Holocene (the last 10,000 years of the Earth's history -- the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or "ice age.").
Taking on the Gulf Oil Disaster
John Simkins ’08 Galesburg, Illinois; now living in Manhattan Environmental Studies, concentration in Economics On the scene: Cleanup of the Gulf oil disaster that resulted from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. Simkins worked for EMR, Incorporated, an environmental company based in Lawrence, Kansas.
Field Station Research
Five students, including environmental studies major Liz Foster '11, talk about their summer research projects at Macalester's Ordway Field Station. more
Allison Jacobel in New Zealand
Returning to New Zealand had been a dream of mine since I first fell in love with the country when I visited with my family in 1997. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to study abroad, the country was an obvious first choice. As a geology major with a minor in environmental studies, I knew New Zealand’s diverse landscapes would provide the perfect setting in which to continue my studies and indulge in my love of backpacking (or tramping as it’s called in NZ).
Some harm attributed to non-native species has been exaggerated, according to Professor Mark Davis, who questions the scientific basis of some of these claims. more
Water and Power
Roopali Phadke, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, talks about her class Water and Power, the effects of water management on our global environment and where she hopes our society will be in 20 years in that area.
Urban Enviro Intern
Brianna Besch '13
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