Field Study in Belize
A field immersion into two of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth: coral reefs and tropical rainforests. Students live in remote field stations in Belize, where they examine the ecology and natural history of these two systems through extensive field exploration and research. Prerequisite: Biol 241. The Belize Program (Biol 241 + Biol 251) counts as one full lab course in Biology.
Update on Sewanee's agroforestry project in Bois Joli, Haiti
Sewanee professor Deb McGrath and students are working toward a potential solution to the twin problems of poverty and deforestation in Haiti: payment for ecosystem services. They are working with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization to Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health), using agroforestry to produce both coffee for export and carbon offsets. A video slideshow documents their progress.
"Between God and Green": an accomplished alumna presents a different side of sustainability
On March 4, Sewanee alumna, Rhodes Scholar, and author Katharine Wilkinson, C’05, shared the story of how evangelicals are cultivating a middle ground on climate change and discussed insights from her research on the emerging environmental movement in various evangelical circles. Wilkinson’s book, Between God & Green, was published last year, and it is from this book that she drew much of the material for her talk.
Sewanee: Zanmi ak Ayiti (“Friends with Haiti”)
Associate professor of biology Deb McGrath is working toward a potential solution to the massive deforestation problem in Haiti: payment for ecosystem services (PES). PES is a system whereby incentives are offered to land owners to manage their land for ecosystem services such as watershed protection, reduced erosion, and carbon sequestration. McGrath, recent graduate Keri Bryan (C’12) and a handful of current students are doing extensive work with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization to Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health) to make PES a reality for the struggling farmers of the Haitian Central Plateau.