Welcome and welcome back, new, visiting and returning students!

The semester has turned the corner and we are well past midterms and closing in on Program Planning for the Spring 2015 semester. 

Environmental Program Planning Meeting: Thursday, November 13, 12-1pm and 3-4pm

Please join us for the Environmental Program Planning Meeting, Thursday, November 12, 12-1pm (403 Altschul) and 3-4pm (404 Altschul) where we will discuss new course offerings, enrollment, major requirementsm study and reseach options.  The meeting is open to majors and minors in Environmental Science and majors in Environmental Policy and Environmental Biology as well as prospective majors and those interested in Environmental concentrations and coursework.  Lunch will be provided.

NEW Spring Course:  EESC BC3050y, Big Data with Python: Python for Environmental Analysis and Visualization with Professor Brian Mailloux, Monday and Wednesdays, 2:40-3:55pm
Students will learn to use Python programming to analyze and visualize large environmental and earth’s systems data sets in ways that Excel is not equipped to do.  This will include both time series and spatial analyses with programming occurring interactively during class and assignments designed to strengthen methods and results.  Students will write code in Python, plot, map, sub-select, clean, organize, and perform statistical analyses on large global scale data sets, using the data in analysis and analyze and visualize it in order to test hypotheses.  Case analysis will include climate data from Central Park comparing it to other global cities, bacterial transport distances, 50,000 aresentic measurements from Bangladesh.

Departmental Brown Bag Lunch with topics: Thursdays. 12-1 pm 404 Altschul Hall

We are resuming Brown Bag lunches in the Department on Thursdays, 12-1.  So stop by with your lunch and have an extra greenmarket treat from us.  So far we will have discussed getting good letters of recommendation for graduate school or employment--Stephanie shared some great ideas, Martin showed pictures from Iceland and spoke about carbon sequestration research work there and this past led a discussion on intersectionality of Environmental Science and Sustainability.


We are very pleased to announce the great news that Brian Mailloux has been awarded tenure at the College and University and is now Associate Professor. We are all so pleased.  Stephanie Pfirman, Co-Chair has returned from her Spring Leave and Frank Nitsche has once again joined us to teach Data Analysis.  See below for upcoming and recent events, such as weekly Coffee Hour and an upcoming Environmental Science Open House.

Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Open House
Saturday, October 11, 10am-4 pm

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York welcomes you to campus to learn from the experts, tour the labs of world-renowned researchers, and experience hands-on activities with volcanoes, glaciers and more--in the beautiful setting of Lamont's campus--just over the Hudson River.  The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Open House is held every two years and is not only really interesting, but lots of fun with interactive exhibits and tours of active labs. Shuttle buses will be running continously from Teachers College entrance (120th between Broadway and Amsterdam).

Environmental Science Department Open House,
Thursday, September 11, 3-4 pm, 404 Altschul Hall

Meet Environmental Science Faculty, majors and others interested Environmental fields and find out what you can do.
Open to new students, majors, minors, and prospectives interested in environmental fields.  Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Questions?  Contact: ccook@barnard.edu

Environmental Science Study Abroad Afternoon Luncheon:
Tuesday, September 16, 12-2:30, 403 Altschul

Listen to your peers about their Study Abroad experiences! Majors will discuss their research experiences Studying Abroad.

12—Mary McElroy ‘15, Environmental Biology, Greece
12:15—Sofia Soto Reyes ‘15, Env. Policy, Intl. Honors Program in Climate Change
12:30—Ximena Fonseca-Morales ’15, Env. Sci., Intl. Honors Program in Climate Change
12:45—Annelise  Finney ‘15, Urban Studies, SIT Managua, Nicaragua; Syracuse in Santiago, Chile
1:00—Lauren Yee ‘15, Urban Studies, University College, London

All welcome.  Come and go as you can.  If you have a class conflict, please come when you are free or even if you must leave early.  Lunch will be served!

Summer Research Institute Poster Session--Friday August 1, 10am-12pm, James Room

Come join Barnard Students who are doing summer research in the sciences as they present their work in poster format.  There will be Environmental Science projects as well as the other sciences.


2014 Senior Thesis Poster Session

Thursday, April 24, 4:30 – 6:30 pm:  One-Minute Presentations from 4:30-5:00pm were followed by poster presentations and a reception in the Lower Level Event Oval (LL100), Diana Center Barnard College.  Pictures to come!

Many came to see the best student research in the areas of the Environmental, as Barnard and Columbia majors in Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Environmental Policy, Earth and Environmental Science, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, and Sustainability when Seniors presented their thesis projects in this annual Poster Session. The event marks the culmination of the cutting-edge research Barnard and Columbia students have done with local scientists and is a great way to learn about the fascinating topics with which they’ve been engaged. It has always been attended by friends, students, faculty, mentors, research scientists in the area, and family members and co-sponsored by the Earth Institute at Columbia.  A Reception and Poster Session followed each student's One-Minute Presentation of their thesis.  Congratulations to all participants and all the best with your thesis conclusions!

Visit the Barnard Environmental Science Department web page for a detailed list of thesis topics.  A video of the event will be available soon!

Hughes Pipeline Project Student Research Symposium

Wednesday, April 23, fifteen Barnard undergraduates gave oral presentations about the year-long research projects they have undertaken under the guidance of  Barnard science faculty mentors.  Please see Schedule of Speakers and Abstracts of the students research projects.  Posters of the students' research are currently on display in the Tunnel gallery in Altschul Hall.  Environmental Majors, Carol Kim, Coleen Mulvihill and Lissa Soares were among those presenting their work!  Congrats all!

Looking to find Summer Reasearch Internships?

Meetings for Juniors and others interested in finding summer research internships have already taken place.  If you are looking for assistance with this, please speak to your adviser and make an appointment to see Martin Stute as well as be sure to read your emails about opportunities.  Deadlines to apply are fast coming up and some have already closed.

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Interested in receiving e-mails about course announcements and updates, Environmental events, job opportunities, internships? Those not on our student e-mail list should send an e-mail to Catherine Cook, the Departmental Assistant, with your name, year, major (if chosen, or if not, your interest) and we'll add you to the list.

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Useful Links

Google Earth is an interesting site to check out photos the world over! (You'll need to download the software to use it if you want to.)


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