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Current Events and Announcements

Assistant Professor Susan Letcher has published results of recent research with colleagues, “Increasing liana abundance and basal area in a tropical forest: the contribution of long-distance clonal colonization,” which is available for download on her website. She also returned in August from a summer of research in the rain forests of Costa Rica.

Associate Professor Ryan Taylor is the author of Federalism of Wetlands (Routledge), which investigates the consequences of redundant state and federal environmental regulations in the United States.

Andrew Payne (’11) has published the his senior project research in collaboration with Prof. George Kraemer. The work, “Morphometry and Claw Strength of the Non-native Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus,” can be downloaded from Prof. Kraemer’ website.

The environmental studies Facebook page is the place to look for all environmental internship and job opportunities sent to one of the faculty. Join today!

2011–12 ENV Student Awards

Sarah Pawliczak was selected as this year’s winner of the Outstanding Senior Award. Sarah’s senior project compared the rate of wetlands loss at the state and Corp of Army Engineer district levels. Her project employed GIS as an investigatory tool (using the same skills in working part-time for the Town of Greenburgh).

This year’s Outstanding Junior Award goes to Bogumila Backiel. Bogumila has demonstrated consistent and superior academic performance. We expect a noteworthy senior project.


The Purchase Environmental Activists (PEA) are now The Green Team. Events sponsored by the Green Team are posted in the Natural Science Building and across campus.


The Princeton Review has chosen Purchase College as one of its top 322 green colleges and universities in the U.S. See this link for the Purchase College description.


National Wildlife Federation CampusEdu: NWF’s green campus initiative rewarded the efforts of Purchase College in a recent report, “The Carbon-Paper Link: How Simple Choices Reduce Emissions.” The report noted the multiple benefits reaped by environmentally selective purchasing of paper products for the campus.


Graduation Pledge Alliance: Purchase College joined hundreds of other colleges across the country as participants in the Graduation Pledge Alliance. The Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility states, “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

At this year’s graduation, a record number of graduating students chose to wear the green ribbon of the Pledge. In fact, so many students asked for the Pledge ribbon, we ran out!

Updated Aug. 14, 2013