Environmental Science

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Barnard College’s Environmental Science Department provides highly motivated young women with challenging and rewarding programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, and Environmental Policy, now Environment and Sustainability. High academic standards, multidisciplinary courses, and training in methodologies such as field work, measurements, and data analysis, ready our students with the tools needed to think critically, evaluate and solve problems, and understand and communicate science to address the needs of society... Read more of our Mission Statement in About Us.


2020 Senior Seminar Poster Session: a great success!

2020 Poster Session Invitation
2020 Poster Session Poster

This year, the annual Senior Seminar Poster Session, was held on April 23, via Zoom.  Barnard and Columbia Environmental Seniors presented their thesis work in a virtual poster session where students described their projects in 30 seconds, and afterwards meeting.  The result was a good deal of effective and personal sharing of thesis research--with restrictions, new innovation and successes to be proud of! 

Poster authors and titles (in alphabetical order):

  • Berlinger, Arden: Fitness Benefits of Helping Behavior in a Cooperatively Breeding Bird, the Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
  • Billinge, Sophie: Environmental Tracers as Early Detectors of Groundwater Contamination due to Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Calcio, Margaret: Coral δ18O-derived Record of Hydroclimate from the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama 
  • Craig, Bridget: A Numerical Reef Growth Model for the Last Interglacial Double Coral Reef Terrace on Barbados
  • Dalton, Bronte:    Methane Emission Analysis in California fromAirborne Measurements and Back Trajectory Modeling
  • Davis, Casey: Encapsulation of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Carbon Capture
  • Dey, Christy: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Oil Production in Guyana: A Natural Capital Approach
  • Fernandez Odell, Clara:    Estimating Aboveground Biomass, Carbon Storage, and Forest Change in a Northeastern Deciduous Forest
  • Fleming, Will: Testing Models of Andesite Genesis and Melt Differentiation at Volcanic Arcs Using Olivine Trace Elements in Sierra Chichinautzin Volcanic Field, Mexico
  • Franks, Nicki: Impact of the Kilauea Eruption in 2018 on Coffee Farms
  • Gates, Rachel: Understanding the Role of Light and Nutrients for Phytoplankton Growth in the Mississippi and Amazon River Plumes
  • Gill, Alison: The Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Erosion of Crane Beach Barrier Island
  • Goodman, Maxwell: Estimating the Albedo-Sequestration Tradeoff Boundary for High-Latitude Afforestation
  • Hadavi, Cyrus: How Social Networks Impact the Use of Preventive Practices Against Ticks and Lyme Disease on Staten Island
  • Herrera, Alexandra: Using Citizen Science to Ground Truth Remote Sensing Models To Monitor Coral Bleaching and Analyzing the Components of Successful Citizen Science Programs
  • Hockenberry, Zoë: Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Management: Tradeoffs for Flood Protection and Ecosystem Health
  • Jackson, Gabriela: The Effects of Leaf Age on Day Respiration in Phaseolus vulgaris (French bean), Helianthus annuus (sunflower), and Xanthium strumarium (cocklebur) Plants
  • Klotz, Vivian: Nutrient Addition Effects on Phytoplankton Communities in the Amazon and Mississippi River Plumes
  • Kodama, Sam: Investigating the Erosional History of Wilkes Subglacial Basin with Thermochronology of Ice-Rafted Pebbles
  • Komita Moussa, Ella: The Impact of the Urban Environment on NYC Street Trees
  • Kwong, Charlotte: Extending the Tropospheric Ozone Flux Record in a Northern Hardwood Forest
  • Lautin, Sabrina:    A Reconstruction of Cenozoic Seawater Ba Concentrations from Ba/Ca Ratios Recorded in Planktic Foraminifera Shells
  • Levy, Marina: Making Change: Why Do New York City College Students Engage in Climate Activism?
  • Lott, Annette: Hydrographic Changes and Heinrich Events in the Labrador Sea
  • Masciana, Alana: Analyzing Transient SF6 and CFCs as Indicators of Changes to Atlantic Overturning Circulation 1980-Present
  • Monnen, Christina: Effects of Long-Tailed Finch Cross-Tutoring on Juvenile Bengalese Finch Song Development
  • Naimark, Jacob: Evaluating the Response of Surface Ozone Precursor Gases to Drought in the Eastern US Using Satellite Observations
  • Nogueira, Isadora: Don't Bury our Park: Contested Resiliency on Manhattan's Lower East Side
  • Nordin, Bailey: Using Low-Temperature Thermochronology to Date Glacial Erosion and Uplift in the Transantarctic Mountains
  • Pace, Grant: Quantifying the Blue Carbon Reservoir in Long Island Sound, CT and Jamaica Bay, NY Salt Marshes
  • Palmer, Emma:    Assessing Coyote (Canis latrans) Boldness in Urban and Rural Environments of New York State
  • Palmer, Grace: Soil Carbon Storage and Recovery From Acidification in a Temperate Deciduous Forest
  • Powell, Kelly-Marie: Ice Sheet Instability in the Pacific Sector of the Southern Ocean
  • Richardson, John:Trends in Upper Ocean Nutrient Remineralizing  Exoenzyme Activities
  • Shamsie, Maneeha: Framing Climate Change: A Study of Competing Narratives
  • Shapiro, Molly: Analysis of Noble Gases and Oxygen Dissolved in Atlantic Ocean Water as a Proxy Measurement for Biological Productivity
  • Shi, Sarah: What Happened in the Years to Hours Prior to the Volcán de Fuego Eruption of 2018?
  • Strickland, Emily: Spatial Distribution of Cape Buffalo and Plains Zebra at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy as Connected to Precipitation and Grass Species Diversity
  • Zhang-Sun, Jeffrey:  The Effects of Hosts on the Distribution of Three Tick Species on Staten Island, NY, USA