Off Campus Event: Effects of global Climate Change on the primary productivity of the California Current: A paleoceanographic approach” (3/6 at noon, RSVP by 2/28)

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Jose Carriquiry from Mexico will be presenting the following lecture.

“The effects of global climate change on the primary productivity of the California Current: A paleoceanographic approach”
March 6, 2017, Noon – 1 PM
University of New England
329 Marcil Hall
11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine

Dr. Jose Carriquiry is a Professor of Oceanography at the Oceanographic Research Institute of the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, in Ensenada, Mexico. He received a Ph.D. in Geology-Geochemistry from McMaster University, Canada, and a Posdoctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. He has been a visiting professor at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain) and L’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, France). Dr. Carriquiry is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University working with Dr. Ann Pearson in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

To reserve a seat please contact Teri Kruszenski at 207-602-2750 Space is limited; please RSVP by February 28, 2017
If you are interested in attending and looking to carpool, contact Rosie Armstrong: rarmstro@bowdoin.edu

This presentation is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). OLF enables Visiting Scholars to share their research interests, speak about their home country, and exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty, and community organizations. Through these lectures, universities forge relationships with the Fulbright Scholar Program, Visiting Scholars, and the Visiting Scholar’s home and host institutions.

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides approximately 900 grants in more than 125 countries to support faculty, administrators and professional to teach and/or research in a wide variety of disciplines. U.S. Higher Education Institutions are encouraged to invite Visiting Scholars currently in the United States to present on their cultures and current research as a means of promoting international engagements and future involvement with the Fulbright Scholar Program. This presentation will be of particular interest to faculty and administrators wishing to expand their research and professional linkages. At the end of his presentation, there will be time for questions from the audience.

 

Environmental Studies Program Summer Fellowships!! (deadlines approaching)

Environmental Fellowships

The Environmental Studies Program offers four fellowships that place ES majors Annie Glenn1(and prospective majors) in stipended summer internships. To read about last year’s fellows click here.

Environmental Fellowships (Sustainability and Environmental Justice) place students in a fellowship site of their choice such as a business, government agency, or a non-profit organization to explore themes of sustainability and environmental justice. These can be also based in Maine, or at another location nationally or internationally (Deadline to apply Monday Feb. 27 at noon).

The Cooke Environmental Research Fellowship funds students to conduct community-based research with a faculty mentor at Bowdoin or at an off-campus location (Deadline to apply Monday Feb. 27 at noon).

The National Audubon Fellowship funds students to work with its Seabird Restoration Program which operates island field stations along the Maine Coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. Students participate in research, monitoring and management If interested in this internship contact Eileen Johnson.

Questions? Please contact the ES Program Manager, Eileen Johnson at 207-798-7157 or via email at ejohnson@bowdoin.edu

Environmental Studies Internships, Deadlines passed for this year:

Environmental Fellowships (Maine Based) provides students the opportunity to work and serve in the local community through a placement in a specific Maine organization to address community issues while strengthening campus-community partnerships. Students apply to work at one of several organizations selected as host organizations (Deadline to apply Wednesday Feb. 8 at noon).

Off Campus Event: Hearing the immigrant voice (Reading at Gulf of Maine Book, Brunswick3/4)

Gulf of Maine Books will celebrate our 38 years in business on Saturday, March 4, with a 3 PM reading and book signing by Deepak Singh, for his new book “How May I Help You – an immigrant’s journey from MBA to minimum wage”.

Deepak is an author, Public Radio commentator, and journalist currently living in Brunswick. The event is free and open to the public

Here at Gulf of Maine Books, we believe that a community is a conversation, and for a community to be healthy, vibrant, all of the voices of the community need to take part in the conversation. We need to hear the voices of our new neighbors and friends ,, the newly arrived immigrant, the refugee.

We would like to first recommend learning about and supporting (financially, but also with our time and attention) organizations working to bring the voices of immigrant and refugee youth into the conversation of the community:

In Portland, The Telling Room – www.tellingroom.org and in Lewiston – Tree Street Youth – www.treestreetyouth.org

Recommended booklist: The Good Braider -Terry Farish ( fiction – Sudan to Portland) Out of Nowhere – Maria Padian ( fiction – Somalis in Lewiston) The Burgess Boys – Elizabeth Strout ( fiction – Somalis in Lewiston)

New Mainers – Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors – Nyhan and van Voorst van Beest Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents – Huisman et al Making Refuge – Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine – Bateman Maine’s Visible Black History – H H Price and Gerald Talbot Voyages – a Maine Franco-American Reader – Madore and Rodrigue They Change Their Sky – the Irish In Maine – Michael Connolly

Homesick Mosque – fiction – Reza Jalali – originally from Iran Flawed Landscape – Poems 1987-2008 – Sharif Elmusa – originally from Palestine Dead Still Dream – Kifah Abdulla – originally from Iraq

 

Off Campus Study: Bowdoin Marine Science Semester, Fall 2017

Marine Science Semester Program

The Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS) is a Fall semester immersion experience in marine field work, lab work, and independent research.

Students take four courses sequentially in three-to-four week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell, Maine. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research.

Hands on field work and cutting edge laboratory science are a central component of the BMSS.

  • The Benthic Ecology course includes a 10 day field seminar to the Gulf of California, Baja California Sur to study the natural history and unique ecological properties of this highly productive and exceptionally diverse tropical marine ecosystem.
  • In the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, BMSS visits Hurricane Island, off Rockland, Maine, and Bowdoin’s Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada.

In both locations students collect and participate in the curation of a long-term dataset to access changes in the intertidal community as climate changes in the Gulf of Maine has begun. Several cruises collect physical data and phytoplankton for the Biological Oceanography module, and the Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution module, which also features a student driven population genomics study focusing on intertidal snails, and utilizing next generation sequencing technology.

ENROLL FOR FALL 2017

For the Fall of 20017 Marine Semester interested students will need to submit a short 1-2 page essay explaining why they want to enroll in the Marine Semester.  Please also include any research expereince you may have had in the past.

Essays for FALL 2017 are due by March 30, 2017 and must be submitted electronically to Steven Allen, Assistant Director of the Coastal Studies Center, sallen@bowdoin.edu

The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Bowdoin and colleges participating in the Twelve College Exchange

Summer 2017 Job: Summer Land Steward, Regional Field Team (Deadline to apply 2/24/17)

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Summer Land Steward – Regional Field Team (seasonal)

Job Description

Hours: 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (approximately June-August, 2017)
Compensation: $12.00 per hour
Requires: Availability and use of reliable personal vehicle

The Regional Field Team (RFT) is a collaboration between four organizations: The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Phippsburg Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The RFT is hired and managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and we are seeking two Summer Land Stewards for 2017.

This is an outdoor position helping to maintain, monitor, and manage the protected lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary region. Projects will be conducted on lands protected by all four regional organizations, giving our Summer Land Stewards experience with a wide variety of properties, tasks, and land conservation professionals. This will be an excellent opportunity for networking and gaining land management experience.

The Summer Land Stewards will work under the direction of the KELT Stewardship Coordinator and other seasonal staff. For some tasks, the Stewards will work directly with staff or volunteers from organizations other than KELT.

Responsibilities

The Summer Land Stewards will often but not always work as a team, and may work independently or with volunteers and/or staff. Solo work may be required at times. The Stewards will frequently meet visitors on our properties. Successful applicants will be expected to act professionally and communicate necessary information in a polite manner.

Tasks are likely to include the following:

  1. Conduct trail clearing and trimming with loppers, hand-saws, bow-saws, etc.
  2. Occasional use of string trimmer or hedge-trimmer for trail clearing
  3. Monitor trail conditions and create detailed reports of problem areas
  4. Traverse property boundaries to maintain signage and check for encroachment
  5. Assist with occasional clean-up of illicit dumping sites
  6. Build bog bridges, steps, and other trail structures
  7. Check and maintain kiosks, map boxes, trail signage, and paint blazing
  8. Conduct mechanical control of invasive plants (i.e. cutting, digging, or pulling)
  9. Assist with any other suitable project, indoor or outdoor, as needed
  10. Keep a log of activities and hours completed

Preferred Education

Completed High School program and some college. Applicants still in HS may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Necessary Skills

  • Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment over rough ground
  • Willingness to work in sometimes adverse conditions including heat, rain, biting insects, and difficult terrain
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools in the field
  • Ability to work independently, responsibly, and safely

Preferred Skills

  • First Aid Certification
  • Experience working on trails
  • Experience communicating with the public
  • Map and compass (orienteering) skills

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to cbrunault@kennebecestuary.org. Applicants may also hand-deliver the application to the KELT office, or send by mail to P.O. Box 1128, Bath ME, 04530. Please prepare the names and contact information of three references. If an applicant is called to interview, KELT will begin contacting references at that time.

Application Deadline: February 24th, 2017

Job for graduating Senior: Digital Campaigner job opening

U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) is hiring Digital Campaigners at Bowdoin to work on big problems, like checking the influence of big money in our elections and promoting smart transportation options for the 21st century. PIRG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization and our digital campaigners are responsible for creating content for our running our online campaigns that reach tens of thousands of our supporters every week.

Our digital campaigners help us design and win campaigns on some of the most important issues affecting the public today. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. We’re looking for people with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability, and a talent for using social media.

U.S. PIRG is hiring graduating seniors to start in August 2017. To learn more about the position or apply, visit: jobs.uspirg.org

Job for graduating Senior: Policy associate job opportunity

Frontier Group is hiring college seniors to work as Policy Associates next year. Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society.

We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.

As a policy associate, you will:

  • Write compelling reports on social problems and solutions, using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.
  • Help advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.
  • Write op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.
  • Participate in trainings, presentations and panels.
  • Learn the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and run a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.
  • Learn recruiting skills and participate in recruiting new Frontier Group staff

Locations in Denver, CO, Boston, MA and Santa Barbara, CA

Go to http://workforprogress.org/apply/?pos=Policy+Associate&org=Frontier+Group&id=101 to submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample. In your cover letter, please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and what location you are interested in.