Reports from the Field

At Clark we are bridging the work of inquiry in the classroom with immersive community-engagement and thoughtful action towards ecological and social justice. In Reports from the Field, we share observations and reflections from our NEC community as they conduct critical field research, engage in experiential learning, and move towards collective action and climate justice.

Mapping the End of the World

February 19th, 2020 Michelle Sayles Mario Reinaldo Machado | PhD student | Graduate School of Geography In a recent piece for Guernica, Clark student Mario Reinaldo Machado examines how artists and scientists are working to communicate the severity of the climate crisis, drawing a common thread from Dr. Karen Frey's research in the Arctic to the artistry of metal band,…

Observing Ecological Shifts in a Warming Arctic

December 2nd, 2019 Michelle Sayles Karen Frey | Associate Professor of Geography | Graduate School of Geography The Pacific sector of the Arctic Ocean is experiencing major reductions in sea ice and increases in seawater temperatures. One of the key uncertainties in this region is how the marine ecosystem will respond to seasonal shifts in the timing of spring sea ice…

From Flood Waters to Fish Ladders

October 4th, 2019 Michelle Sayles Learning about resilience in Lowell, MA On October 4th, Professor Cindy Caron’s NEC Collaborative course, Culture, Environment and Development, visited the City of Lowell, MA to examine how socio-ecological thinking relates to city natural resource planning, economic development, and community resilience. The class met with Ms. Jane Calvin, Executive Director of the Lowell Parks and…

Towards reducing deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

August 5th, 2019 NEC Admin In October 2018, Professors Anthony Bebbington and Denise Humphreys Bebbington visited the Universidad Nacional Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza (UNTRM) in Chachapoyas, Perú to meet with faculty and university leaders and to give a public talk. That visit, related to research linked to the new Clark Center for the Study of Natural Resource Extraction and Society, led to…