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Examples of our students, their experiences, and their diverse environmental interests:

Hannah Uebele

Class: 2019
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & English
ENVS Experience: This summer I worked for a sustainable and organic hot pepper farm in Cape Cod, learning how to grow and care for some of the world’s hottest chili peppers (including the Carolina Reaper which is currently the hottest!) We used the peppers that were grown in the previous season to make hot sauces and other products and sold the products online and at local businesses and farmer’s markets.
Favorite ENVS course: My favorite course relating to ENVS so far has been Environmental Policy, Planning, and Politics with Professor Rapapport, because of its interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. Seeing how science can become translated into policy was really interesting and super important to understanding how many different fields can work together to discuss and solve issues.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Absolutely reach out to faculty teaching in the ENVS program as well as to the Office of Sustainability for inspiration about future careers and inspiration for things you can do right now. The faculty and staff are beyond approachable and want students to get involved and to be enthusiastic about topics they're interested in, or interested about becoming interested in.

Alex Cherry

Class: 2018
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Communication track) & International Relations
ENVS Experience: I have been working as an intern at Tufts Recycling for the past eight months, helping keep the composting, recycling, and e-waste collections on campus running smoothly.
Favorite ENVS course: There are so many great ones to choose from but my favorite has to be EOS 2, or Environmental Geology. This class is incredible because you learn so much about how the landscapes around you form, with a special focus on landforms in the Boston area. The field trips are incredible!
Advice for other ENVS majors: The number one thing I can say would be to reach out to your professors outside of class! They are likely interested in the same things that you are, and have many more incredible bits of insight and wisdom that you can't get in the classroom setting but can be incredibly helpful for you!

Sophie Lattes

Class: 2018
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & Biology
ENVS Experience: She is working with postdoc, Federico Roda, at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum to identify mechanisms of self-incompatibility in Texas phlox. She has performed self, intraspecific, and interspecific crosses on P. drummondii to isolate the extremely compatible and incompatible plants. She will now investigate the mechanisms that define self incompatibility in the flowers through genetic mapping and further selective breeding. This internship gave her the opportunity to work in plant research, a field that she is interested in pursuing, and has allowed her to engage in the design process of a research project.
Favorite ENVS course: Environmental Geology (EOS 0002). Professor Jack Ridge leads a great course that introduces concepts of ground water and land formations that I had not previously considered. The class made me care about a topic that I had no background in and inspired me to take more geology courses. The field trips and labs were great application and I love going on hikes now and being able to identify basic formations.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Get involved with environmental clubs on campus. I have loved applying my classes to sustainability collective and gardening club. I am organizing a dinner with sustainability collective and Tufts dining this Wednesday night at Dewick that is focused on post consumer waste that I encourage students to attend to learn more about eliminating waste on campus.

Michael LaScaleia

Class: 2018
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & Biology
ENVS Experience: He is currently conducting research at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain studying the seasonality of leaf defenses in the Cornus (dogwood) genus. The goal of this project is to closely study plant-herbivore interactions in the genus and to trace the phylogenetic relations linked to the chemical and physical compositions of leaves across species. Ultimately, this will present a greater understanding of the evolutionary factors at play on Cornus in the various regions of the world where they are native, which includes most temperate deciduous forests.
Favorite ENVS course: Environmental geology (EOS 2). This class taught me so many awesome rock facts, Professor Ridge is amazing, and nothing beats the labs that are actually field trips. If you wanted to know everything about every bump and rock on the Eastern seaboard, take this class!
Advice to other ENVS students: We get so much more freedom than so many other majors. Not only are we not limited to courses within the program, we are encouraged to take such a diverse breadth of courses; take advantage of it! You know you love the environment, but maybe you love pottery or ancient Roman history too? You never know unless you try!

Kelly Donahoe

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & Biopsychology
ENVS Experience: Last summer she worked at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. She took over the project of gene barcoding unknown tunicate samples (a marine invertebrate) to look at the diversity and genetics and attempt to add to phylogenetic trees of the species. The samples she analyzed came from previous expeditions to the Philippines, considered one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. She also helped conduct field research and census of sea stars in relation to studying sea star wasting disease and assisted on local tunicate species projects.
Favorite ENVS course: Plant Development (BIO 108) with Professor Ellmore. This class was so fascinating learning just about the world of plants and how small scale development is similar and differs from one plant to another. Ellmore makes everything super engaging even when you are just learning about how a leaf may form in a plant! You also get to learn about exotic plants in addition to ones you are more likely to engage with in your daily life, which was an interesting contrast
Advice for other ENVS majors: Given the flexibility of the major (and the different tracks) you should always just be on the look out for classes that look interesting or fun that have something to do with ENVS. Likely one way or another it can be incorporated into your major or at the very least continue to engage your environmental studies interests! Don't be afraid to sign up for a few options for a semester and attend each within the first week of classes and then decide what classes are the best fit.

Ellie Doyle

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & Political Science
ENVS Experience: I'm a development intern for CitySprouts, a nonprofit organization that develops school garden education in Boston and Cambridge public schools. Learning gardens have an amazing impact on children's education—school gardens increase kids' engagement in academic subjects and connect them to both their natural environment and the food they eat. I think food consciousness grows from the ground up, and I've really enjoyed helping CitySprouts provide more children with valuable resources for learning and eating.
Favorite ENVS course: It's hard to pick just one, but I loved Food and Schools with Ryan Redmond. The history of school food programs in the United States is long, complicated and completely fascinating. It brings together human rights, education, agriculture, sustainability, nutrition and public health all in one subject.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Be sure to get off campus to pursue your interests! Boston is full of people working on powerful environmental initiatives. This is an environmentally conscious city with a young and forward-thinking population, so take advantage.

Luca Guadagno

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & Biology
Minor: Geology
ENVS Experience: I'm currently working on publishing a research project with a professor from my semester abroad in Tanzania. Right now I'm using GIS to map data that we collected on cattle, wildebeest, and zebra sightings! The bulk of our study focused on towns growing into the unregulated areas around national parks and a wildlife corridor between those national parks that's managed by community based conservation. We are hoping to learn more about how cattle, expanding human settlements, and different conservation strategies are affecting the area's wildlife and will hopefully apply what we learn to conservation efforts in Tanzania and here in the US!
Favorite ENVS course: Bio 51, Experiments in Ecology. It prepared me tremendously for a world of presenting research and science to non-science audiences.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Go to Lunch & Learns on Thursdays. There is so much going on in the world of environmental studies, take advantage of these presentations as an opportunity to learn a little more.

Iris Levine

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & International Relations (Economic development concentration)
ENVS Experience: I recently worked as a research assistant for the Friedman School of Nutrition. My primary involvement was with the tea study, which is an interdisciplinary project looking at the intersection of climate change, tea quality, and socio-economic responses. I worked directly with a PhD student at the Friedman School of Nutrition in order to look at consumer behavior decisions and the subsequent market implications. This experience was extremely valuable in that it provided me with access to knowledgeable individuals completing groundbreaking research while enabling me to explore the world of research at a professional level.
Favorite ENVS course: While I have taken a number of valuable courses here at Tufts, taking Alex Blanchette's course, "Unsustainable Agriculture", completely altered the trajectory of my academic and professional experience at tufts. Despite being extremely intelligent, Professor Blanchette excels at creating thought provoking conversation that is digestible for students of all academic levels. If you are at all interested in food systems or simply want to take a class with an excellent professor, I would highly recommend this course!
Advice for other ENVS majors: I would advise students to take full advantage of various career resources on campus. These range from JumboJobs, to JobX, as well as the weekly newsletter! Beyond that, don't underestimate the power of reaching out to professors regarding your interests. Shortly after deciding that I wanted to pursue environmental consulting my Junior year, I stumbled upon an opportunity in the ENVS weekly newsletter. I pursued the firm with the brief information from the email and subsequently received an offer for a full-time summer internship! Long story short, there are lots of great opportunities out there, so don't be afraid to pursue them!

Hannah Loss

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & English
Minor: Communication and Media Studies
ENVS Experience: This summer I interned as a Tisch Summer Fellow with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. I worked with Arcadia's Mobile Market program that sells fresh, local, affordable food to underserved DC-area neighborhoods from a retro-fitted green school bus. A large part of the Mobile Market customer-base utilizes food assistance programs like SNAP/EBT, WIC, and DC's Produce Plus Program. I was involved with day-to-day market set-up and customer interactions, and helped organize a coupon outreach campaign to increase customer use of SNAP/EBT.
Favorite ENVS course: Research, Analysis, and Communication with Professor Ninian Stein. The super cool, hands-on research projects and class trips made the research much more personal and meaningful.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Take as many ENVS classes as you can! Even if you finish your major/minor requirements, keep taking all the cool classes you never thought you'd have time for but always wanted to try — you'll meet cool professors and learn so much more about the diverse environmental field.

Shelby Luce

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & Community Health
ENVS Experience: MEarth is an educational nonprofit that strives to develop the next generation of educational leaders through education, community action, and partnership. MEarth works with students of all different socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure all students of the Monterey County have the same access to and knowledge about sustainable choices. Focusing on sustainability, MEarth provides a wide range of curriculums focusing on healthy food choices, sustainable agriculture and the natural world. These courses build the knowledge, skills and inspiration to tackle current and future environmental problems. MEarth allowed me to explore my personal interest in agricultural policies and food systems and their effect on childhood obesity.
Favorite ENVS Course: Environmental Planning, Policy and Politics with Robert Russell
Advice for other ENVS majors: Take advantage of the major outside the normal classroom setting! Meet with TIE, look into graduate courses, and look into the environmental clubs on campus. This major is filled with incredibly bright and passionate students and I have had some of my most rewarding experiences in situations outside of class.

Miranda Willson

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Sustainability, Policy and Equity track) & Community-Based Urban Policy (self-created through the interdisciplinary studies department)
ENVS Experience: My summer scholars project this summer, which will culminate in my senior thesis, was looking into different ways that the Atlantic Gelatin/Kraft Heinz plant could be adaptively reused. Adaptive reuse is an architectural idea based on principles of sustainability (because it's more sustainable to reuse a building or restore it than to tear it down and build a new one) and historic preservation, but I also added a social justice component to my arguments for adaptive reuse regarding how this concept can be used as a tool to prevent gentrification. I was conversing with people from the city of Woburn throughout the summer (primarily city officials, members of the Woburn Historical Society and former workers at the plant) about how the plant could be reused to best serve the needs of the community and of former workers who lost their jobs when the plant closed. My thesis is about how the history of Woburn, specifically its environmental and industrial history, can inform the way the city is now specifically in the context of the Atlantic Gelatin Plant, and I will also talk about how this concept can be extended to other communities. I worked on this project with Professor Ninian Stein.
Favorite ENVS courses: Environmental Justice and World Literature with Modhumita Roy, and Environmental Economics with Brian Roach, taught in Talloires.
Advice for other ENVS majors: consider pursuing an independent project through summer scholars or just with a professor. Independent study courses can be a great way to do this. Working with Ninian Stein this summer was such a great experience; I learned so much from her. I also learned a lot about research and about my academic passions. 

Josie Watson

Class: 2018
Majors: Environmental Studies (Sustainability, Policy and Equity track) & Economics
Minor: Political Science
ENVS Experience: This summer I took an International Relations course on the Global Governance system and Sustainable Development with BU in Geneva, and had the opportunity to study political interactions at the United Nations firsthand within the Geneva headquarters. During the course we analyzed UN approaches to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, and numerous institutional, social and political obstacles that have hindered the global implementation of the SDGs thus far. This semester, I have the opportunity to continue this work as a research assistant at the US Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute, which is based right here at Tufts! I will be conducting research on the roles of social cohesion, social trust, and implicit social contracts in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals at SEI this semester. At the moment I am also working as the Co-President of Food for Thought, the club at Tufts that works to create space for students to discuss, spread awareness about and take action concerning issues in the contemporary food system. This semester we're going to work towards increasing on and off campus composting at Tufts!
Favorite ENVS courses: Microbiology of Food, which on top of being a fascinating look at the biological processes that create some of society's most beloved foods, also illustrates exciting potential microbial techniques of improving global agricultural systems. Also, my Environmental Anthropology 101 course completely transformed the way I now consider individual actions as creating or being capable of solving environmental issues.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Take courses in different departments, talk to all the professors you find fascinating during their office hours and collect as many lenses as you possibly can on Environmental Issues while you're at Tufts. As an Economics major, I still decided to take courses in Film, Anthropology, Sociology and Philosophy, and now I cannot over-stress the importance of considering the cultural aspects that dominate human interactions with their surrounding ecological systems, which are often overlooked by Environmental leaders that propose macro-level, top-down solutions to issues that are occurring within diverse, local natural spaces. The solutions that we need to salvage the global environment are as diverse as the number of ecological systems that exist on earth. So, you may as well prepare yourself for coming up with these solutions by studying different schools of thought. And have fun with the internship! It's amazing to get off campus and contribute to society. 

Juleen Wong

Class: 2017
Majors: Environmental Studies (Sustainability, Policy, and Equity track) & Sociology
ENVS Experience: I designed and animated graphics, filmed and layered b-roll into the 6 episodes of a local food documentary slated for a fall release on Vermont PBS this year. This is the first film created by The Local Motive, a production company spearheaded by the Vermont creperie, The Skinny Pancake. The documentary adopts a critical approach to showcasing the existing inefficiencies in the food system, from production to waste, and the local innovators working to find solutions through cross-sector collaboration and technology.
Favorite ENVS course: I'm currently taking the U.S. Fundamentals of Agriculture at the Friedman School, taught by Tim Griffin. The course covers major social, institutional and human aspects of the country's agricultural system, and the historical forces that shaped it into its present state. My key takeaway has been a new perspective on the language we use to discuss food system issues. With a deeper understanding of what it means to be a small. family, or corporate farm, I now realize that they are not all pit against each other like we often assume, and that many farms occupy multiple categories and challenge our generalizations about farms based on scale.
Advice for other ENVS majors: If you come across a company or organization whose work you admire, reach out and let them know! Every firm is eager to hear how younger generations are noticing their intentionality and impact, and will often offer you opportunities to learn more about their inner workings if they feel you have both the passion and capacity to support their team in their ongoing initiatives.  

Luke Sherman

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental studies (communications track) & French
Minor: Economics
ENVS Experience: Luke is a weekly columnist for the opinion section of The Tufts Daily. Under the title "Earth on Fire," he writes about climate change and other environmental issues. Some of his recent pieces have discussed the divide between the Republican and Democratic Parties on global warming and the implications of the oft-repeated adage "I'm not a scientist."
Favorite ENVS course: Professor Stein's Seminar in Environmental Negotiations (ENV 152) was fascinating because it provided insight into the obstacles inhibiting the resolution of critical environmental issues at the international level.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Get to know your professors! They all have very interesting academic and professional backgrounds and are great at giving advice.

Emilie Vansant

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & International Relations
ENVS Experience: Over the summer Emilie traveled to Sikkim, India for a month to participate in an interdisciplinary lab focused on nutritional security and agro-biodiversity with five other students. During her time there, she lived with a host family in the rural village of Lingee-Payong, conducting community-based research on mountain agricultural practices and food culture in Sikkim. She learned about self-sufficient farming on steep terrain and spoke to villagers about the effects of government policies, globalization, and climate change on traditional Himalayan livelihoods. Emilie gained valuable insight into how growing global market connectivity has transformed rural Sikkimese communities and the agrodiversity of mountain ecosystems.
Favorite ENVS course: "The Microbiology of Food". Professor Wolfe made the material very accessible to non-biology majors, focusing on how microbes play a role within all aspects of the global food system (production, processing and consumption). We also spent a class making sauerkraut! While a lot of my previous coursework had focused on theoretical or macro-analysis, this class provided a new perspective on food production through the lens of micro-organisms. If it's taught in the future I would definitely recommend enrolling!
Advice for other ENVS majors: Go to the ENVS Lunch and Learns on Thursdays! They’re a good way to keep up-to-date on current environmental issues as well as a chance to meet/talk with the lecturers. I also used them as an opportunity to connect with the ENVS staff and other members of the Tufts community.

Hannah Recht

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems Track) & Anthropology
Minor: Latin American Studies
ENVS Experience: In the spring of her junior year, Hannah studied abroad in Bolivia with a program that ended with a one-month independent study project. She chose to conduct her project on fair trade coffee production, and was able to live and work with producers who sell to Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange is a US-based coffee company that sells to the Rez Café, where she works on campus. In this experience, Hannah learned first-hand about issues in chains of production and impacts of consumption, themes that have been a large part of her education in Environmental Studies.
Favorite ENVS course: Food, Nutrition and Culture with Stephen Bailey. It's an Anthropology class and counted for my Food Systems track, and was a really interesting way to think about food—something we often take for granted—in entirely new ways.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Take your interest in the environment out of the classroom through environmental activism, an internship, job or personal project. As a Tisch Scholar and for my ENVS internship, I worked with the non-profit Groundwork Somerville. This was an incredible way to gain real-life experience with many of the issues and concepts I learned about in class, and in that way was probably the most formative piece of my environmental education.

Will Pearl

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Food Systems track) & Anthropology
Minor: Colonialism Studies
ENVS Experience: This past summer Will lead a week long building and learning workshop called "The Ins and Outs of Compost" at an incredible summer camp called Beam Camp. While the focus at Beam is on arts and technical skills, he saw an immediate need for composting at the camp's facilities. He designed a three bed, rotating compost system and constructed it with the help of ten young campers. All compostable food scraps from the dining hall got diverted to "Da Heap," which will continue in future years. The whole camp learned about composting, and he got to test his curriculum development, design and construction skills.
Favorite ENVS course: Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
Advice for other ENVS majors: Take an anthropology course, it will change your world!

Kris Pieper

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Communications Track) & Psychology
ENVS Experience: He has been involved with an ongoing research project which looks at the effects of two invasive herbivores on the eastern hemlock tree. The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and elongate hemlock scale (EHS) were introduced to the US from Asia in the mid-20th century and have been devastating hemlock stands up and down the East Coast since. In summer 2015, he was involved with a harvest of experimentally manipulated saplings in the field, which was an all-weather experience filled with ticks, poison ivy, and lots of fun. Much of this research looks at the pests and their host tree through a chemical ecology lens; more recently, He expanded his focus to include the effects of human management. He is currently writing an ENVS senior honors thesis.
Favorite ENVS Course: "Global Environmental Policy" with Andrew Tirrell. This course taught me a lot about the ins and outs of how concern for environmental issues is translated into real, enacted policies. Assignments like writing policy briefs for our 'supervisors' and a multi-day negotiation simulation were fascinating and felt very much like we were making decisions with actual consequences.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Get to know your professors and advisors, especially in small class settings and one-on-one. They really care about your experience and your success, they are interesting people, and talking to them might lead to any number of great opportunities that you would otherwise not know about.

Ethan Freedman

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & Biology
ENVS Experience: He spent last Spring in Tanzania with the School for Field Studies studying wildlife management, conservation and ecology. He was located in the area between Kilimanjaro and Serengeti which is notable not only for incredible biodiversity, including lions, elephants, wildebeest and hundreds of birds but for economic change away from traditional agriculture and pastoralism coupled with strong ties to tribal cultures such as those of the Maasai and Iraqw culture. He finished the semester completing research on how correlates such as human settlement and cattle density were affecting ground-dwelling birds in both a semi-protected and community area.
Favorite ENVS Class: I have never quite had a class like Tropical Ecology and Conservation with Dr. Orians last semester. In a seminar setting we really got around to discussing the scientific and ideological concepts behind conservation ecology. Of course, we finished the semester completing research work in Costa Rica which gave all of us more impetus and inspiration to further our work in conservation and spread the love of the tropics.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Go birding. While it may initially sound rather dull, birding is an incredible way to connect with ecology, immerse yourself in nature, and find a new way to look at the world and at wildlife. Birding has provided me with more wonder of the natural world and countless hours in beautiful areas that I may never have otherwise spent. If you like, come out with the Tufts Ornithological Society this year, you can find us on Facebook!

Ellen Osborn

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Sustainability, Policy, and Equity track) & Quantitative Economics
ENVS Experience: While working as a research fellow at the Dept. of Energy, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis Office on the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency project, she was exposed to the intricacies of the national energy system and the issues it faces in relation to climate change and environmental sustainability. Using her previous experience interning at a local solar company (CivicSolar, Inc.), she began working on a Senior Honors Thesis studying the policy and economic drivers behind the Californian solar markets. This also helped her to found the Tufts Energy Group this year, a new group that studies energy issues across the board and has a lot of great ongoing projects. If you're interested in energy, you can apply to be on the TEG e-board for next semester! All applicants welcome, no experience required, just enthusiasm and curiosity!
Favorite ENVS course: UEP 94 Urban Policy, Planning and Politics
Advice for other ENVS majors: The ENVS department has supported me throughout my entire Tufts career because they are such a great resource and eager to help- use them! For example, through an ENVS Career Building Award, I was able to attend the MIT Energy Conference this semester and meet big players in the energy world, talk about the most important issues facing future energy development, and learn more about the work being done to address them.

Caroline Higley

Class:2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Sustainability, Policy, and Equity track) & Psychology
ENVS Experience: Over the summer, she worked at a solar energy company on a community solar initiative. Community solar is a policy framework that allows households to go solar, without installing solar panels on their properties. Larger commercial size projects are built, and households can subscribe to the energy, which is fed onto the grid in their name. Caroline found it incredibly exciting to be a part of a solution that expands clean energy resources to homeowners, renters, small business owners, and low income families otherwise unable to commit for a 20 year period, and unable to front costs of panels and installation. She found It exciting that Massachusetts has enabled a solution to the climate change crisis using economics and the social psychology of behavior change.
Favorite ENVS Course: Geographic Information Systems! I found it so valuable to learn how to access and synthesize data to visualize and answer research questions.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Take classes across a broad spectrum, because you discover a lot of interests you didn’t know you had. In addition, take advantage of things that happen across the Boston area. It took me too long to realize how many events there are off campus, but when I did I was rewarded with real-world learning experiences.

Savannah Christiansen

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & English
Favorite ENVS course: I've worked on a variety of different projects through the Environmental Studies program. One of my favorites was working on creating a snapshot of Somerville for the Fall 2015 ENVS Seminar, Mapping Stories of the City, with Lai Ying Yu. As a class, we compiled community interviews, photos, and videos with Social Explorer data to map the current environment of Somerville. It was great practice incorporating different research methods to understand intersections of urban and environmental planning with urban discourse. The website is also something that is open to the community as a resource for future mapping and other social justice projects in Somerville.
Advice for other ENVS majors: Try and take classes from different departments, and don't shy away from humanities classes. We tend to equate "Environmental Studies" with "Environmental Science," but there are so many ways to bring humanities perspectives to what environmental scientists are doing. Also, Somerville is a very environmentally-minded city and there are so many opportunities to get involved in the local community so check it out!

Lauren Redosh

Class: 2016
Majors: Environmental Studies (Environmental Science track) & Biology
ENVS Experience: Last summer Lauren conducted independent research under Dr. Crone working on the foraging and movement behavior of wild mice in the mountains of southeastern Poland. She designed an experiment that aimed to determine if mouse foraging differs between habitats above and below treeline. However, instead she learned a fundamental rule of field research - things will go unexpectedly. There happened to be a (completely natural) mouse population crash last year, which meant there were no mice to forage, so her project was cancelled. Luckily, she modified the project and conducted it near Tufts, and developed everything into her senior thesis.
Favorite ENVS course: Tropical Ecology and Conservation with Dr. Orians was amazing. Most science classes I've taken were lecture based, so having a discussion based lecture class was really refreshing and new. It was also really exciting to be able to be completely surrounded by people who love biology and ecology as much as (or more!) than I do, which led to some highly spirited discussions. The class was also a great look into designing a research project completely from scratch, as in most of my other work I had been given a starting point. To top it off, a trip to see all the material you had just learned about in Costa Rica is always great!
Advice for other ENVS majors: Go to the Lunch and Learn Seminars! They allowed me to learn about things completely off my radar, are given by really cool people, and have a great bonus of free food.