College of the Environment
College of the Environment

The most important challenge facing current and future generations of humans will be the quality of the environment and the allocation of dwindling natural resources among populations. In the face of severe challenges, we believe in the possibility of changing the trajectory of humans on the planet for the better. To that end, Wesleyan’s College of the Environment seeks to develop informed citizens who can discuss environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, understand their connections to social or political issues, and derive well-formulated independent conclusions.


Saturday, October 29 - Where On Earth Are We Going? Symposium - Exley Science Center, Tishler Room 150

9 A.M. - Wesleyan American Landscape Painting and Its Social Impact by Henry Adams, Menakka and Essel Bailey '66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, College of the Environment

10:30 A.M. - Shifting Landscapes In A Dynamic World - A panel discussion with Wesleyan University Professors Laura Grabel, Rob Rosenthal, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, and Tula Telfair

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Monday, October 31 - Assembly & Anthropogenic Alterations in Kelp Forest Ecosystems: Historical Perspectives from Deep Time - Usdan 108 - 12:10pm

David R. Lindberg is Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology, Curator Emeritus in the UC Museum of Paleontology, and a former member of the Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley.

Professor Lindberg talk: Understanding modern ecological responses to global change requires the integration of data that bridges and connects ecological, evolutionary and geological time scales. Here we examine paleontogical and archaeological records of kelp forest taxa to provide a history of the principal players in today's kelp forests and assess their origin, continuity, and past responses to natural and human-induced perturbations.

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Please RSVP for your free lunch, by Wednesday, October 26 to Valerie Marinelli,

Monday, November 7 - A New Reality for Biodiversity Research in a Developing African Country: Confronting the Demands for Food, Energy and Water in Kenya - Usdan 108 - 12:10pm

Hank Bart directs Tulane University's Biodiversity Research Institute and curates the Royal D. Suttus Fish Collection.

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Please RSVP for your free lunch, by Tuesday, November 1st to Valerie Marinelli,

Monday, November 14, 2016 - What's Wrong with Stem Cell Chimera Research - Shanklin 107 - 4:30pm

Dr. Insoo Hyun is Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Director of the Case Western Reserve University Stem Cell Ethics Center.

His talk will discuss the transfer of human stem cells into animal models resulting in human/nonhuman chimeric animals is a controversial area of biomedical science. Ethical concerns, especially as they pertain to the chimerism of an animal's central nervous system, can be adequately addressed.

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A reception will immediately follow the talk.