Professor Graham Bullock
Earlier this year, Professor Graham Bullock participated in a panel discussion on A Healthier Charlotte, focusing on "Environmental Health in the Queen City," http://cltblog.com/32331 (panel begins at 18:54 in the video). In a separate interview, he also discussed the topic of "Climate Change in Charlotte" and other issues in environmental politics on WBT Radio. You can access the interview at http://bobbydemuro.com/work/wbt/ -- just click on Graham's name under the March 18 show date, which will open to where you can download the mp3 of the interview.
Graham Bullock attended the Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Annual Meeting in Santa Clara, CA in June. He presented a paper on "Environmental Evaluations of Companies and Products: The Role of Academia," which you can learn more about here (http://grahambullock.com/archives/436 ). Overall, the conference was a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, and share ideas about important research directions and effective teaching approaches in the field of environmental studies.
Professor Brad Johnson
Professor Brad Johnson along with two students, Kelsey Krueger (Junior) and Catherine Schmidt (Sophomore) - both ENV majors - traveled out west to examine the timing of large landslides in the San Juan Mountains. In attempt to date the landslides, they cored bogs and dug soil pits on their surfaces. The San Juan Mountains are a stunning place to work and all found time to relax between days of hard work and numerous flat tires.
Professor David Martin
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Martin will be a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar at the Institute of Economic Growth, which is part of the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India. Since September 2004 the water of the Gambhir River (a seasonal river in Rajasthan, India) has been impounded behind the Panchana Dam 100 kilometers upstream of Keoladeo National Park (KNP), which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as a Ramsar wetland due to its attraction to migratory waterfowl. Unless the monsoon rains are very good, both KNP and the farmers downstream of Panchana are deprived of the river's natural flow by that impounding. His research will focus on comparing the value of the water to the upstream farmers to the value of letting the water flow to KNP and the downstream farmers.
Professor Matt Samson
Dr. Samson continued his work on environmental issues, indigenous culture, and religion in Latin America by spending three weeks in Guatemala and two weeks in Bolivia where he was investigating mining issues in the Bolivian highlands (altiplano) for the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Environmental contamination from mining has impacted subsistence patterns in a number of communities in the basin of the Desaguadero River of the department of Oruro, which has been know as mining center since the colonial period.