Environment at Brown

Voss Fellow Elena Suglia just published an op ed in the Brown Daily Herald. Check it out! http://www.browndailyherald.com/2015/02/23/suglia-15-sake-science/

The founding director of the Voss Program, Prof. Heather Leslie, has been selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Leopold Leadership Program provides outstanding academic environmental researchers with skills and approaches for communicating and working with partners in NGOs, business, government and communities to integrate science into decision-making.

This year’s fellows come from 16 institutions in Canada and the United States. They will receive intensive leadership training to help them engage effectively with leaders in the public and private sectors who face complex decisions about sustainability and the environment.

“The 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows are generating new knowledge that is critical to answering the central question of our time: how to preserve Earth’s vital systems while providing the resources that support human wellbeing, including food, water, energy, and fiber,” said Leopold Leadership Program Co-Director Pamela Matson, Dean of Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. “The Leopold program will help the fellows gain skills, tools, and approaches they need to contribute their knowledge most effectively to finding solutions.”

To learn more about Heather’s plans for the Leopold year, read her recent blog post….


Scott Comings and students on BICheck out the new essay on engaged scholarship and courses by Megan Palmer, Class of 2014. Megan penned this essay  for Heather’s senior seminar, Engaged Environmental Scholarship and Communication (ENVS 1965), reflecting on her time on Block Island with fellow students and Scott Comings, director of Land and Freshwater Conservation for The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island’s chapter.

The Voss Environmental Fellows Program is delighted to announce the five recipients of the 2014-2015 fellowships. Celebrate the accomplishments of the current cohort and Brown’s commitment to engaged scholarship, training, and practice by joining the Fellows and friends at the Urban Environmental Lab garden on Wednesday, April 30 from 4 to 530 pm. RSVP to Heather_Leslie(at)brown.edu

Read about Voss alum Emily Lamb, Brown Univ Class of 2011

Join students and faculty engaged in environmental research and practice in UEL 106, 135 Angell St., on Thursday, January 30 at noon to learn about research and funding opportunities for Summer 2014. Tips for successful applications to the Voss Environmental Fellowship and other programs inside and outside of Brown will be discussed, along with strategies for finding a faculty or external mentor. Refreshments will be served. Don’t miss it!

The Voss Environmental Fellows Program of Brown University is delighted to share the reflections of Spring 2013 course alums Katherine Siegel and Harriet Booth. Katherine and Harriet and the other members of the Voss capstone course, Engaged Environmental Scholarship and Communication, authored personal essays related to their engaged research experiences for last spring’s course.

To learn more about the course and opportunities to participate in the 2014-2015 Voss program, contact Program Director Prof. Heather Leslie.

Katherine Siegel on Small-Scale Fisheries in the Gulf of California

Harriet Booth on Plum Island’s Salt Marshes


Voss co director Heather Leslie shared her story of engaged scholarship as part of a blog carnival orchestrated by COMPASS. Read more at the COMPASS blog and Heather’s website. We invite you to join the conversation and comment here or on the COMPASS site or with a blog post of your own!

We were very fortunate to have Dr. Pamela Matson of Stanford University visit with the Voss fellows and other members of Brown’s environmental research community earlier this week. Dr. Matson, who is the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, gave a public talk on her decades of research on sustainable agriculture while on campus, and also engaged in an exciting series of conversations with the Voss Fellows and others about the science and practice of sustainability.

Dr. Matson investigates the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements between soil, water, and atmosphere, focusing primarily on the effects of land use and climate change in tropical forest and agricultural systems.

Her recently published book, Seeds of Sustainability, synthesizes much of the science and lessons learned through the placed-based interdisciplinary environmental scholarship she led over the last 15+ years Sonora, Mexico. In addition to conveying the excitement of the scientific discoveries related to biogeochemistry and coupled human-agricultural systems, the edited volume offers invaluable reflections on the opportunities researchers have to engage in use inspired research, and the challenges of working in a context where the goals include not only scientific discovery but also linking knowledge with action.

Learn more…

The Voss Environmental Fellows Program is delighted to announce the seven 2012-2013 fellowship recipients: Natividad Chen, Emma Dixon, Hannah Miles, Rebecca Rast, Mary Alice Reilly, Elizabeth Ryan, and Katherine Siegel. These seven young women, rising seniors at Brown University, will be conducting engaged environmental research projects in collaboration with Brown faculty and community partners in the coming months, with the support of the Voss program.

Additional support for their work will be provided by Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative and Center for Environmental Studies, as well as the Henry David Thoreau Foundation, and Brown’s Dean of the College’s Undergraduate Research & Teaching Awards and the Beckman Scholar Programs.


Please join us for a celebration of these new fellows and the current cohort on Wednesday, May 9 at 4 pm at the UEL: 135 Angell St., Providence.


Learn more now about the current fellows’ projects

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