From the Field

Jenn Lawrence
Biopolitical Disaster
September 25, 2017 — Jennifer L. Lawrence

  It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alteration between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude   In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez describes an ill-fated town named Macondo. Ironically, the oil prospect where Deepwater… Read More
Becky Patton
Climate and National Security
August 28, 2017 — Rebecca Patton

It is hard to put the threats posed by a changing climate into context when the news is filled with terrorist attacks, nuclear threats and a war that just seems to have no end.  Climate change seems to be almost frivolous, but unfortunately, it’s not.  So, what does that mean?  You can’t fight climate change with a gun or a missile or a submarine, so how is it a threat to national security?   First let’s look at some definitions.… Read More
Megan Draheim
What Qualifies as Urban Habitat?
August 16, 2017 — Megan Draheim

Most of the world’s human citizens now live in cities, and the percentage of people who do (as well as the percentage of urbanized land) is only going to grow. An awareness of urban biodiversity helps to dispel the myth that “nature” only happens away from the human-built environment. By that telling, humans are not part of nature, and this perspective has led to some of the most damaging environmental issues we’re currently facing. Understanding that humans are a part… Read More
Rebecca Lamphear and classmates in India for their International Field Experience in January 2015
My Glimpse at Different Conservation Solutions in India
March 4, 2015 — Rebecca Lamphear

As I arrived at the airport and prepared to meet my classmates from the Online Master of Natural Resources program in person for the very first time, I began to feel a bit apprehensive at the task before us. Our goal: an analysis of the sustainable livelihood programs in the Western Terai-Arc Tiger Conservation landscape, State of Uttarakhand, India. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this ten-day International Field Experience but several questions crossed my mind right off the… Read More
Moroccan Tea
Having Tea in a Casablanca Slum
February 17, 2015 — Kimberly Sutherland

"Casablanca is a city of glaring social inequalities, where the rich live alongside the poor. It is a city of both high-rise towers and slums. It is a financial and business center as well as a center of misery, unemployment and so on." (King Mohammed VI, Oct. 11, 2013) (more…) Read More