Research



As an environmental studies major, you'll have many opportunities to participate in research with faculty and you'll find state-of-the-art science equipment here to support your research.

Our equipment and facilities include an advanced geographic information system (GIS) laboratory, ion chromatography analyzer, UV-VIS spectrophotometers, HPLC, atomic absorption unit, a light microscope facility, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, an extensive greenhouse, water quality instruments and a hydraulic flume used to model river hydrodynamics. In addition, the College is encompassed by a 750-acre Arboretum, with numerous nearby freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats offering a rich diversity of sites for study. Classes and research also take full advantage of the Arboretum's native plant collections and data collection sites for long-term studies of vegetation change. Many research projects incorporate the use of GIS, including both vector and raster-based technologies.

Our freshwater ecology lab maintains interactive databases of chemical, physical and morphological data on lakes in the northeastern U.S. as well as tools to identify microscopic algae.

Research in the field

You might accompany faculty to regional, national and international conferences and symposia, or travel with faculty on research and academic trips. Most students participate in the College's funded internship program in the United States or abroad.

You may choose to participate in a semester-long immersion program in ecological sciences at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., one of the world's foremost marine research centers.

Some students take the optional, and very popular, spring break trip to Belize offered every two years as a component of the Tropical Biology course. The students, led by Professor Steve Loomis and accompanying faculty, conduct various research projects on site, expanding and complementing their classroom studies.

Contact Information:

Phone:
860-439-5021

Fax:
860-439-2519

Email etsmi@conncoll.edu

Environmental Studies Program
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320-4196
Liz Smith, Academic Dept. Assistant