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Environmental science and studies is are all about the way the world works. So, why should they be stuck in textbooks and on whiteboards? Here, we bring them to life. 

Our students get to go beyond the typical undergraduate experience. They work to restore oysters in Langford Bay. They travel to Peru to study the most productive marine ecosystem in the world. And they go on to fight for environmental rights in the nation’s top courts. 

At Washington College, environmental science and studies students can chart their own academic course. Whether they’re passionate about about fish acoustics or monitoring the travels of sea otters, they’re encouraged to make the most out of their time in and outside of the classroom. 

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  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4060-artistic-approach-to-environmental-change"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/309,18,1373,1082/34915_jody_roberts_.rev.1454379999.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/309,18,1373,1082/34915_jody_roberts_.rev.1454379999.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/309,18,1373,1082/34915_jody_roberts_.rev.1454379999.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4060-artistic-approach-to-environmental-change">Artistic Approach to Environmental Change</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Jody Roberts will speak Oct.16 about how art can alter the conversation about issues such as climate change. <br/><br/><br/><div/></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/5032-getting-geo-physical"><img src="/live/image/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/2,0,263,261/38678_sarah_homepage_copy.rev.1454383679.jpg" alt="During her time as a Hodson Summer Science Research Fellow, Sarah Winters ’14 conducted experiments in the College's new..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/2,0,263,261/38678_sarah_homepage_copy.rev.1454383679.jpg 2x" data-max-w="638" data-max-h="355"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/5032-getting-geo-physical">Getting Geo-Physical</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">When she volunteered to help commission the College’s new MASS Spec lab, Sarah Winters ’14 had no idea it would lead to a summer research fellowship and a trip to an international conference in San Francisco.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3427-allison-speight-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg" alt="Allison Speight '14" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/32569_img_0830.rev.1454377688.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1232" data-max-h="1650"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3427-allison-speight-14">Allison Speight ‘14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Allison discusses internship opportunities after graduating from the Chesapeake Semester in 2012.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2258-a-welltraveled-path"><img src="/live/image/gid/30/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/278,0,1373,1095/24821_0000014812-dsc_0183_copy.rev.1454369674.jpg" alt="Kathy Thornton ’13." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/30/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/278,0,1373,1095/24821_0000014812-dsc_0183_copy.rev.1454369674.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/30/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/278,0,1373,1095/24821_0000014812-dsc_0183_copy.rev.1454369674.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1096"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2258-a-welltraveled-path">A Well-Traveled Path</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Kathy Thornton ’13 has traveled as far as Easter Island and as near as the Chester River to study the connections between environment and history.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4786-katherine-wares-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37970_wares.rev.1454382969.jpg 3x" data-max-w="691" data-max-h="1036"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4786-katherine-wares-14">Katherine Wares ’14</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><div class="wc-suppress"><span class="wc-academics-major"><strong><a href="/departments/environmental-science-and-studies/">Environmental Studies</a></strong><br/><br/></span> “The internship experiences will help me get into grad school.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9226-testing-the-waters"><img src="/live/image/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/53/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,143,1536,1679/63181_2016-06-23_09.34.18.rev.1467915291.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1536" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9226-testing-the-waters">Testing the Waters</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Madeline Poethke ‘16 is spending a summer in the stunning landscape of Oregon, training in the kind of science that leads to environmental change.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3468-a-veteran-sculptor-jumps-into-the-sandbox"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/78,0,545,467/33305_rupperts_crucible.rev.1454378397.jpg" alt="John Ruppert's "Crucible"" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/78,0,545,467/33305_rupperts_crucible.rev.1454378397.jpg 2x" data-max-w="622" data-max-h="467"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3468-a-veteran-sculptor-jumps-into-the-sandbox">A veteran sculptor jumps into the SANDBOX</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">John Ruppert is the first visiting artist in the College’s new Program for Creativity and the Environment. A month-long exhibition of his work opens September 6 in Kohl Gallery.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6102-why-endangered-species-deserve-protection"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1098,1098/46018_sartore_photo.rev.1454390568.jpg" alt="Photojournalist and wildlife advocate Joel Sartore." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1098,1098/46018_sartore_photo.rev.1454390568.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1098,1098/46018_sartore_photo.rev.1454390568.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1098" data-max-h="1650"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6102-why-endangered-species-deserve-protection">Why Endangered Species Deserve Protection</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Wildlife photographer and author Joel Sartore will share his <em>National Geographic</em> experience and his advocacy for biodiversity when he visits the College Sept. 19 during Fall Family Weekend.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/12200-muddy-studies"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,202,1224,1426/85263_file.rev.1563547954.jpg" alt="Olivia Butler ’21 is spending the summer studying the migration of black mangroves in northern Florida." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,202,1224,1426/85263_file.rev.1563547954.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,202,1224,1426/85263_file.rev.1563547954.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1224" data-max-h="1632"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/12200-muddy-studies">Muddy Studies</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> During her 10-week REU—Research Experiences for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation—Olivia Butler ’21 studied how climate change is affecting a delicate balance in the northern Florida salt marsh ecosystem.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9660-student-environmentalist-wins-science-writing"><img src="/live/image/gid/107/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,480/63540_clarke_kailani.rev.1470686026.jpg" alt="Kailani Clarke ’20 is attending the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/107/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,480/63540_clarke_kailani.rev.1470686026.jpg 2x" data-max-w="480" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9660-student-environmentalist-wins-science-writing">Student Environmentalist Wins Science Writing Fellowship</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> What happens when you spend your early childhood traveling the seas? For Kailani Clarke ’20, who lived with her family aboard a 45-foot sailboat for five years, cruising heightened her awareness of human impact on the natural world and helped inform her decision to live her life as an environmental advocate.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6846-boosting-natures-healthy-relationships"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/30,84,596,650/50308_doug_tallamy_.rev.1454395334.jpg" alt="Douglas Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape."" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/30,84,596,650/50308_doug_tallamy_.rev.1454395334.jpg 2x" data-max-w="657" data-max-h="684"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6846-boosting-natures-healthy-relationships">Boosting Nature’s Healthy Relationships</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">University of Delaware professor and author Douglas Tallamy will lecture on the importance of native plants in healthy ecosystems.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/6522-recounting-a-legacy-of-overfishing"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,2,350,352/48033_bolster_pic.rev.1454392549.jpg" alt="Mariner and historian Jeffrey Bolster." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="490"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/6522-recounting-a-legacy-of-overfishing">Recounting a Legacy of Overfishing</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Maritime historian Jeffrey Bolster, author of The Mortal Sea, shares lessons from his research during a talk Saturday night in downtown Chestertown as part of the schooner Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9081-a-dedicated-legacy"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/62420_georgeandbarbaracromwellweb.rev.1464291304.jpg" alt="George and Barbara Cromwell at the groundbreaking for the new academic building in April 2015." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/62420_georgeandbarbaracromwellweb.rev.1464291304.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/62420_georgeandbarbaracromwellweb.rev.1464291304.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9081-a-dedicated-legacy">A Dedicated Legacy</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Washington College’s new academic building will be named for alumni Barbara and George Cromwell.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/70-sea-member-is-udall-scholar"><img src="/live/image/gid/18/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,61,213,274/9460_jeffrey_sullivan_fossil_hunting.rev.1454358845.jpg" alt="Jeff Sullivan hunts for fossils" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="213" data-max-h="320"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/70-sea-member-is-udall-scholar">SEA Member is Udall Scholar</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Environmental Studies major Jeffery Sullivan ’14 won a prestigious scholarship from the Udall Foundation.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3755-making-the-beer-green-yearround"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/3,91,369,457/33631_vervier.rev.1454378706.jpg" alt="Jenn Vervier is the New Belgium Brewing Co.'s director of sustainability." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3755-making-the-beer-green-yearround">Making the Beer “Green” Year-round</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">Jenn Vervier ‘90 comes back to WAC on Oct. 1 to share her success in making the New Belgium Brewing a model of sustainable business practices. <br/><br/><br/><div/></div>

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