For the past seven years, Dorothy Ibes has been using William & Mary’s outdoor space as a laboratory to understand the relationship between human health and human access to nature.
Species shows resilience despite general decline in abundance
Heather Kenny, a biology master’s student at William & Mary, has spent the past two years studying the parenting behavior of bluebirds. Specifically, she is working to understand how human-made noise influences nesting and productivity.
The William & Mary community celebrated Earth Week virtually this spring, working with other Virginia universities to offer events accessible to the public through multiple online platforms.
Greater tropical rainfall may increase microbes’ release of CO2 from soils into air, according to a study conducted by an international team led by Dr. Christopher Hein of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
A new study by Zach Conrad, assistant professor in William & Mary’s Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, finds that the average American consumer spends roughly $1,300 per year on food that ends up being wasted.
The research lab of Patty Zwollo, an immunologist and professor of biology at William & Mary, has discovered that just as whales swallow plastic thinking it’s food, some cellular components of the immune system in fish “swallow” bits of microplastic that they mistake for invading pathogens.
Professor Rob Hale of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science is lead author of a new “Grand Challenges” paper commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest association of Earth and space scientists with more than 60,000 members in 137 countries.
The annual update of their sea level “report cards” by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science adds evidence of an accelerating rate of sea-level rise at nearly all tidal stations along the U.S. coastline.
That natural, bee-produced sweetener you stir into your tea and lavish on your toast may be laced with cesium-137.
The leaders of William & Mary’s Institute for Integrative Conservation envision their nascent enterprise as a smooth pathway to the empowerment of students with the knowledge and skills to engage in the knotty environmental issues of the 21st century.
William & Mary has signed a power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy that will source nearly 50% of the university’s electricity from renewable energy.
Dan Cristol, a professor in the Department of Biology at William & Mary, will publish his 200th “Birding” column in the Virginia Gazette on November 23.
A team of William & Mary geologists led by Jim Kaste and Nick Balascio has mined the time-capsule sediment of Lake Matoaka to find evidence that traces the development of the Industrial Revolution and the Age of the Automobile.
The Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management are working together to bring the community garden to its newest location, behind Dupont Hall.
Jennifer Kahn is part of a worldwide group of scientists who are using archaeological data and ecological modeling to examine how different cultures use animal and plant taxa in diverse ways.
Since spring 2008, the Green Fee program has funded more than $1 million worth of sustainability projects led by W&M students, faculty and staff, representing different aspects of sustainability on campus.
The energy generated by mimicking photosynthesis has the potential to one day power everything from our electric grid to rockets, says William McNamara, an associate professor of chemistry at William & Mary.
To the uninitiated, the back corner of ISC 1233 might be mistaken for a moonshiner’s still.
Draining of the pond began this week and took place in increments so that student volunteers could relocate the wildlife.
W&M researchers Dorothy Ibes and Tanya Stadelmann believe video ecotherapy offers a new modality for the fast-expanding field of research.
The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability announced which groups will receive a total of $74,466 to be dedicated to sustainability projects around campus.
Environmental activist Vandana Shiva, as part of her visit to give the COLL 300 lecture and participate in Earth Week activities, visited a class to discuss sustainability and decolonization.
The center of our solar system is not located in Room 1243 at William & Mary’s Integrated Science Center, but if you’re a molecule of brown carbon, it may as well be.
Monarch butterflies are, along with honeybees, among the most charismatic insects of North America. David De La Mater has been researching the Eastern population of the butterflies, and most specifically Asclepias syriaca — the common milkweed.
Researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science are launching new web-based “report cards” to monitor and forecast changes in sea level at 32 localities along the U.S. coastline from Maine to Alaska.
Water bottling filling stations are part of the latest push to improve accessibility to and increase use of tap water in the William & Mary campus community.
Jack Boyle has been using the web to mine millions of century-old botany records to track abundance patterns of milkweed in America. His hope is to solve the puzzle of how innovations in agriculture have affected the natural habitat for monarch butterflies.
A look back at the William & Mary students awarded national and international scholarships and fellowships in 2017.
Designed to engage students in the outdoors and broaden the impact of William & Mary’s Park Rx initiative, the event featured a nature walk, Integrated Science Center Greenhouse tour, interactive lecture and platform for student ambassadors to “prescribe” parks to their peers.
A total of $48,366 will be dedicated to sustainability projects around campus as the William & Mary Committee on Sustainability announces its Green Fee awards for the fall.
Faculty, staff, students and administrators have built a coalition to focus and further the university’s integrative wellness efforts as part of the national Healthy Campus 2020 initiative.
On Nov. 15, teams comprising undergraduate and law students from William & Mary will host a public presentation of maps of 11 Virginia House districts they created as their final projects for a new course.
Conservation partners are celebrating the first successful breeding of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
A William & Mary scientist has a role in an upcoming episode of the PBS program Frontline.
William & Mary is in the midst of the eight-week recycling competition RecycleMania, as spring Earth Week activities highlight its year-round sustainability efforts.
Rowan Lockwood, a professor in William & Mary’s Department of Geology, has strung those data pearls together to craft a set of suggestions for the re-oystering of today’s Chesapeake Bay.
Alan Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies at William & Mary, co-edited, co-wrote the introduction and wrote an essay for the recently-published "A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia’s Ecology in the Cultural Imagination."
The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability this fall awarded more than $50,000 in funding to faculty, students and staff for sustainability projects on campus and in the local community through Green Fee grants.
Work is underway to restore the Crim Dell area with native plants.
A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.
Peyton Smith '16 recently took top honors for her essay 'Heron's Hymn' in the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association competition.
The award of $30,000 must be applied to defray the cost of graduate school.
Eight William & Mary undergraduates are engaged in a unique new research program led by VIMS that combines classroom experience with summer internships across the globe.
Two environmental initiatives at William & Mary received funding in the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.
The Future of Fusion Energy: How Just a Few Grams of Seawater Could Supply Megawatts of Energy
When students say goodbye to the campus for the summer, they often bid farewell to a good number of their belongings, too. Although many of these items have ended up in dumpsters in the past, a new, student-led initiative is working to reduce that waste this year.
William & Mary is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the country, according to a report published today by The Princeton Review.
The Center for Conservation Biology has become part of an initiative to develop wind farms off Virginia’s coast.
A new light harvesting “stained glass” could solve the world’s energy crisis while decreasing carbon emissions.
Using algae as an energy source may curb our appetite for fossil fuels while also saving our waters.
Cornwallis sank as he died, making a couple of revolutions on his way down, finally ending belly up and flippers akimbo, making a sort of “whale angel” on the ocean bottom.
Dorothy Ibes, the newest Mellon environmental postdoctoral scholar, will teach a spring semester class in science communications, an experience that she hopes will bring some of those stories to light.
First-ever W&M Sustainability Summit draws nearly 70 faculty, staff and students and generates ideas and partnerships.
When Erin Spencer, an ecology major and marine science minor, began to brainstorm ideas for a senior honors thesis, she knew immediately that she wanted to study lionfish.
A wetland ecosystems class caught turtles on Sept. 4 as part of part of a larger initiative. The Ecological Research as Education Network includes turtle censuses from 25 other schools in the United States.
Charlie Maloney's class on sustainability and agriculture gives students theoretical and practical knowledge.
The thing that looks like someone tossed a dirty mattress into the upper reaches of the Crim Dell pond is actually a floating artificial wetland, designed to help clean excess nitrogen from the water of the campus landmark.
William & Mary’s Commonwealth Center for Energy and the Environment has launched its first round of projects, which have an emphasis on the effects of the rise of sea level.
A team of W&M researchers help Ugandan scientists prepare for a promising but uncertain future.
Students in William & Mary’s Watershed Dynamics class convened in the basement of Tyler and assumed the virtual roles of stakeholders —land developers, farmers, watermen, and local regulators—to simulate the challenges inherent in Chesapeake Bay management.
In 2010 Jes Therkelsen begins a two-year residency on campus, teaching and experimenting with how scientists can use visual communication to better publicize their work.
Our most recent grant supporting the Environmental Science program comes with a matching requirement. We're seeking $1.6 million in private funding earmarked for the new postdoctoral program.
William & Mary's interdisciplinary environmental program is expanding, thanks to a new post-doctoral fellowship program.
From its base in the power center of Washington, D.C., the Global Environmental Governance Project engages the tough problems surrounding international environmental institutions and laws.
A number of researchers converge on a way to take algae and make it into fuel on an industrial scale.
My passion for the marine environment and its conservation was central to my decision to pursue a degree in Biology and Environmental Science at William and Mary.
An occasional leech comes with the territory when you're studying leaching and other aspects of stormwater retention, as does the occasional incident of equipment tampering.
My name is D. Gabriel Kauper. In 2003, I co-founded the W&M Farmers and Gardeners Club for the purpose of forming a community of botany, nature and food enthusiasts to work regularly at local farms and pool our interests for other projects.
Water runs under the bridge at Crim Dell, then where does it go? And what's in that water, anyway?
Political borders always struck me as artificial divisions given the interconnectedness of our global environment.
From 1929-1950 liquid mercury leaked into the South River as it meandered through an industrial section of Waynesboro, near Charlottesville, Virginia.
I've often heard the statistics about the large percentage of college graduates whose careers are unrelated to their undergraduate majors.
You know you have reached Tumo Tumo, a small agricultural town in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, when the crude paved road turns into a sticky clay path and the van driving you to your destination slows to a crawl in an attempt not to veer off the steep winding road to the valley below.
During the summer of 2008, a team of four William and Mary students explored U.S. Environmental Leadership.
As an Oregonian whose research focuses on the American West and modern American Indian history, I never imagined I would end up teaching in Tidewater, Virginia.
The grant, to the Environmental Science and Policy Program, funds two innovative programs and comes with a matching requirement.
My motivation to attend William & Mary can be summed up in an image: a short, balding man with a dry sense of humor and a passion for all things feathered - Dr. Mitchell Byrd. His mentorship became one of the many benefits garnered in my four years at W&M.
Nothing is as charismatic as a bluebird, that nearly universal symbol of happiness and well being.