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Washington College

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. 

Get to Know Us

  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1774-common-ground"><img src="/live/image/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/335,0,1572,1236/23012_0000008924-p1010077.rev.1454367569.jpg" alt="Professor Leslie Sherman takes soil samples on a pineapple plantation in Costa Rica." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/335,0,1572,1236/23012_0000008924-p1010077.rev.1454367569.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/55/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/335,0,1572,1236/23012_0000008924-p1010077.rev.1454367569.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1774-common-ground">Common Ground</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">During her sabbatical in Costa Rica, chemistry Professor Leslie Sherman studied how intensive agriculture affects tropical soil, and witnessed one of nature’s most magical events.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/10420-expanding-lands-restoring-species"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/71282_nobo_male_chino.rev.1506001061.jpg" alt="A male bobwhite quail perches in the restored grasslands at the Chester River Field Research Station at Chino Farms." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/71282_nobo_male_chino.rev.1506001061.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1536/71282_nobo_male_chino.rev.1506001061.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10420-expanding-lands-restoring-species">Expanding Lands, Restoring Species</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society wins a $500K grant to expand the innovative Natural Lands Project. With matching funds from donors, the NLP now has $1.3 million to bring 285 more acres of farmland into quail habitat and Bay buffers.</p></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/12270-the-oyster-whisperers"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/85990_IMG_2096.rev.1566922933.jpg" alt="Prof. Jill Bible and Julie St. Clair ’22 pause from their work on Langford Creek." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/85990_IMG_2096.rev.1566922933.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/85990_IMG_2096.rev.1566922933.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/12270-the-oyster-whisperers">The Oyster Whisperers</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">A summer research project brings together a trio of scientists to consider the human impact on native oyster populations in the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/12060-the-stories-of-flight"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/307,6,2700,2400/84372_woodcock_2.rev.1556826811.jpg" alt="An American woodcock that was rescued after hitting a building in Baltimore, readied for transport to Phoenix Wildlife Cen..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/307,6,2700,2400/84372_woodcock_2.rev.1556826811.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/307,6,2700,2400/84372_woodcock_2.rev.1556826811.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/12060-the-stories-of-flight">The Stories of Flight</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">With two new tracking stations installed at the River and Field Campus, WC’s Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory joins the international Motus Wildlife Tracking System, collaborating on cutting-edge research into the lives of birds, bats, and insects.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/4783-jeff-sullivan-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/248/width/220/height/140/crop/1/37967_sullivan.rev.1454382965.jpg 3x" data-max-w="700" data-max-h="1050"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/4783-jeff-sullivan-14">Jeff Sullivan ’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> “Washington College shows you how to see impacts in a global community.”</div></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3815-getting-his-feet-wet"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/207,0,1444,1236/33703_dscf0571.rev.1454378837.jpg" alt="Brendyn Meisinger ’13, an offshore survey technician for Fugro World Wide, and Allison Bowman, a GIS analyst, take a bre..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/207,0,1444,1236/33703_dscf0571.rev.1454378837.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/207,0,1444,1236/33703_dscf0571.rev.1454378837.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3815-getting-his-feet-wet">Getting His Feet Wet</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">As an offshore survey technician collecting and analyzing data for an international firm, Brendyn Meisinger ’13 can map the course of his new career directly from the Chester River to the deep blue sea.</div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/7435-into-the-wild"><img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/115,0,1654,1539/53122_img_1557.rev.1454398078.jpg" alt="Amanda Peters ’16 (center) interned with NOAA at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/115,0,1654,1539/53122_img_1557.rev.1454398078.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/67/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/115,0,1654,1539/53122_img_1557.rev.1454398078.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/7435-into-the-wild">Into The Wild</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> A record number of Washington College students are headed off this summer to seas, coasts, estuaries, and labs, conducting research as interns for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9687-a-gift-from-the-past"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/66978_foremansbranch_credit_will_parsonchesapeake_bay_program.rev.1485974361.jpg" alt="Wildlife biologist Amanda Spears bands and records data about birds collected at the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory a..." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/66978_foremansbranch_credit_will_parsonchesapeake_bay_program.rev.1485974361.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/66978_foremansbranch_credit_will_parsonchesapeake_bay_program.rev.1485974361.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9687-a-gift-from-the-past">A Gift From the Past</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory gets a $2,000 gift that harkens to the beginnings of bird banding in the region and Washington College’s past.</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/9670-bugs-theyre-whats-for-dinner"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1651,1238/66906_cricket-taco.rev.1485793584.jpg" alt="Delectable cricket tacos will be on the menu during the cooking event on Feb. 17." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1651,1238/66906_cricket-taco.rev.1485793584.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1651,1238/66906_cricket-taco.rev.1485793584.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1651" data-max-h="1238"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/9670-bugs-theyre-whats-for-dinner">Bugs: They’re What’s for Dinner</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">On Feb. 15-17, Washington College presents “The New Face of Farm to Table: Insects on the Menu” with documentary film screenings, cooking contests, and lectures from leaders in the field.</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/10330-risky-business"><img src="/live/image/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg" alt="A car plows through a nuisance tide on Smith Island." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1362/70513_smith_island1casagrande.rev.1503678020.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1362"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/10330-risky-business">Risky Business</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Three WC students spent the summer asking residents on some of the most vulnerable lands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore whether they were concerned about rising waters in their communities. They learned that words matter, and for many, risk is in the eye of the beholder.</p></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/8819-chesapeake-semester-spotlight-emily-harris-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg" alt="Emily paddles the Susquehanna River with Chesapeake Semester." class="lw_image" width="220" height="140" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/220/height/140/crop/1/src_region/69,40,1388,1360/60871_dsc_0238_copy.rev.1459454411.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/8819-chesapeake-semester-spotlight-emily-harris-15">Chesapeake Semester Spotlight: Emily Harris ’15</a></div><div class="lw_news_summary">When Emily Harris ’15 participated in the Chesapeake Semester Program during her sophomore year at WC, the experience ignited her passion for environmental learning.</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>

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