The Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor cultivates in students the capacity to identify and confront key environmental issues through a blend of multiple disciplines, encompassing historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific and ethical modes of inquiry.
Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore colleges have been cooperating since 2011 to offer a Tri-College Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, involving departments and faculty from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities and the arts. The program brings students and faculty together to explore the interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments.
Acknowledging the reciprocal dimensions of materiality and culture in the historical (de)formation of "the" environment, this program is broadly framed by a series of interlocking dialogues: between the "natural" and the "built"; between the local and the global; and between the human and the nonhuman.
The Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and his collaborators at the Smithsonian Institution were awarded $782,932 to uncover how plant life responded to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration millions of years ago.