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  • November

  • October

    • Kris Freyland in the field

      Confronting the Effects of Coastal Climate Change

      October 21, 2022

      Throughout their co-op this spring and summer, environmental science major Kris Freyland worked with Beth Watson, PhD, associate professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science and senior scientist at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Patrick Center for Environmental Research, to study the impact of saltwater intrusion into coastal forests. 

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    • Wild horses grazing

      Exploring the 'Wild' Politics of Free-Roaming Horse Management

      October 12, 2022

      Things are getting wild in the West. Free-roaming horse populations have existed in western states for centuries, but the conflict surrounding them is entirely human. Christian Hunold, PhD, professor of politics, and environmental studies major Cassidy Ellis discuss their research on the politics of wild horse management through a feminist science studies lens.

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  • August

  • June

    • LeeAnn Haaf is a PhD candidate researching the effects of coastal flooding and climate change in the Delaware Estuary

      The Future Ghost Forests of New Jersey

      June 13, 2022

      Jakes Landing is a centuries-old access point to Dennis Creek in Cape May, New Jersey, where the forest landscape abruptly drops into a tidal saltwater marsh. Near the marsh, row after row of dead Atlantic white cedars juts out of the ground like spikes. Just beyond those are swaths of statuesque loblolly pines that are healthy now, but these are at risk of becoming ghost forests. LeeAnn Haaf, a PhD candidate in Drexel University’s Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) Department, studies the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on low-lying tree growth in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

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    • Coco's Fire: the book authors and illustrators

      Let’s Talk About Climate Anxiety

      June 03, 2022

      Lately, there has been a lot of talk all over the world about the birds and the bees — that is, how they are impacted by the environmentally devastating effects of climate change and how humans play a role in this process. Many of us want to know how we can voice those scary feelings about the health of our planet and then transform them into positive action. While it is an important and timely topic to discuss, sometimes having this talk can be a challenge, especially with children. So, the Academy reached out to children’s book authors Lena Champlin and Jeremy Wortzel to learn more about their work, Coco’s Fire: Changing Climate Anxiety Into Climate Action, and how we can start this very important conversation with our peers and young friends.

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  • May

    • Akilah Chatman smiles outside in front of wetlands

      Environmental Science Alum to Effect Change with Fulbright Fellowship

      May 31, 2022

      When people think of their childhood, they often remember their time spent outside. For many of us, that looked like wading in creeks, playing outdoor games like tag and baseball, riding bikes and finding fireflies. For Akilah Chatman, BS environmental science ’22, every day was a new adventure: climbing waterfalls, jumping from cliffs, exploring rainforests, befriending frogs and lizards, inspecting flora, gardening with their mother and so much more. Their grandparents’ beachfront restaurant offered ample time for Chatman to learn the ways of seaside life—catching fish, frying them—and between their two homes in Jamaica and Florida, they essentially grew up outside. Now, as a Drexel alum and Fulbright Fellow, Chatman is about to begin their next journey—to create and uplift a new green space in Cambodia.

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    • Mary Donnelly, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drexel in 2022.

      Getting Creative in the Field

      May 09, 2022

      Mary Donnelly –who recently earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drexel’s Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) department — loves fieldwork. But instead of marshlands, forests, plains or deserts, Mary has been busy working right here in Philadelphia. Besides getting out into the field, her interests lie particularly in wildlife conservation. So, for her senior research project, Mary found a fun, collaborative way to do both while also sharing her findings with the community.

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  • January

    • Chris Bolden-Newsome and Lessons of Da Land participants gather in the picnic area and read passages from The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty

      Resilience & Joy: Lessons of Da Land

      January 12, 2022

      Led by environmental science major Alexis Wiley, a twelve-week cocurricular program introduced Drexel students and community members to food sovereignty and land justice issues in Black Philadelphia. The course also moved outside of the classroom and offered a hands-on participatory experience. Working with local community partners, students supplemented their coursework with harvesting, planting, seedkeeping, land rebuilding and food preparation workshops to better understand the Lessons of Da Land.

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    • A photo of Lena Champlin holding a copy of her new children's book Coco's Fire next to an image of the book's cover

      Environmental Science PhD Student Lena Champlin Publishes Children’s Book on Climate Change

      January 10, 2022

      A new children’s book co-written and illustrated by environmental science doctoral student Lena Champlin aims to help young readers transform climate anxiety into climate action.

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