Voss fellows Matt Bevil and Sinead Crotty answered many questions about salt marsh destruction in the Northeast.

Voss fellows Matt Bevil and Sinead Crotty answered many questions about salt marsh destruction in the Northeast.

A marathon summer of field work by Mark Bertness, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and a squadron of students may finally help settle the heated debate about what’s killing the coastal salt marshes of southern New England and Long Island. The group’s work has yielded two new papers that offer clear evidence of the cause. The Voss Program supported this work. Read more…

Long revisions can be a frustrating process, but Voss Fellow (’12) Kara Kaufman noted the value of pre-writing and re-writing when she alerted us to the publication of the op-ed she began as a class project in ENVS 1965. Her op-ed, Sukkot offers small huts but grand lesson, in which she argues that the modest outdoor sukkah constructed for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot serves as a reminder to limit our reach. Kara’s article appeared this fall in the Jewish Voice and Herald.


Applications for the 2012-2013 Voss Fellowship are due on February 8. Download an application here, and contact Heather_Leslie@brown.edu if you have questions.

NOTE: If you did not make the earlier November deadline listed on the application, that does not preclude your applying for the fellowship in February. The intention of the earlier November deadline was only to alert the Fellowship Program of those interested in this year’s competition.


For ENVS 1965 (Engaged Environmental Research & Scholarship), Spring 2012

ENVS 1965 enables students to build communication, leadership and engagement skills, and to gain a broader perspective on the challenges of understanding global environmental change and the search for solutions. Development of an environmentally-focused senior thesis or other independent research project is a prerequisite. The course is required of all students who receive a Voss Environmental Fellowship, and is open to other seniors – as well as graduate students – engaged in environmentally relevant projects.

Each student leads a session focused on the science and policy elements of his/her independent research project. The seminar also offers students opportunities to hone practical professional skills, e.g. how to communicate scientific findings to the media and policy audiences; oral presentation skills, and tips on professional interactions.  The course is capped at 15 students.

Admission is by application only and must be sent to Heather_Leslie@brown.edu by October 21, 2011 for full consideration.

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The Environmental Change Initiative and the Center for Environmental Studies are pleased to announce the establishment of the Peter and Pamela Voss Environmental Fellows, an endowed extension of the Brown Environmental Fellowship Program.

We are grateful for the vision and generosity of the Henry David Thoreau Foundation in helping to launch the program and the Voss’ in sustaining it.

By supporting the continued operation of the Environmental Fellowship Program, Peter and Pamela Voss are helping to train a new generation of leaders in environmental science and policy. Fellows develop skills to integrate research and practice. They become, as one fellow described it, “bilingual,” able to communicate their work compellingly to both scientists and non-scientists, engaging both to pursue effective solutions.

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