Guest Blogger, Author at State of the Planet

SDEV Phi Beta Kappa Inductees Passionate About the Environment

By Chandler Precht Today, two students from the Undergraduate Sustainable Development Program, Abigail Sharkey and Sam Goldberg, were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. We caught up with them about their experiences in the program, dedication to environmental protection, and goals for the future. Q&A with Abigail and Sam What drew you to the Sustainable Development… read more

by |January 19, 2018
sunset in antarctica

Reflections from Antarctica: A Landscape in Flux

Working as an Antarctic field scientist, I witnessed the destruction provoked by a rapidly warming planet. But I also found inspiration.

by |January 16, 2018
fall foliage biodiversity

What is Biodiversity and How Does Climate Change Affect It?

In general, the more species that live in an area, the healthier that ecosystem is—and the better off we humans are.

by |January 15, 2018
somalian family climate migrants

Climate Change Will Displace Millions of People. Where Will They Go?

At a recent event, Earth Institute experts discussed the social, political, and economic challenges of climate migration.

by |January 4, 2018
glaciers and lake in Peru

German Court Will Hear Case Against Greenhouse Gas Emitter

A Peruvian farmer is suing energy producer RWE for increasing the threat of glacier lake outburst floods that endanger his home.

by |January 3, 2018

Students Practice GIS and Remote-Sensing Field Work in Black Rock Forest

When it comes to learning about data collection techniques, there is no substitute for field work. In October, three Columbia classes embarked on a field trip to the Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York, to get some hands-on experience.

by |December 19, 2017

In Antarctica, Enough is Never Enough

Almost out of nowhere we were given a surprise opportunity to fly one more survey line on our second-to-last day in Antarctica, and we jumped at it!

by |December 16, 2017

Spring 2018 Earth Institute Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

By Chandler Precht The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is offering undergraduate students with research assistant opportunities during the spring 2018 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on research projects related to sustainable development and the environment with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this… read more

by |December 1, 2017

Funding Opportunities for Travel and Field Research

By Chandler Precht Earth Institute Travel Grant Program The Earth Institute Travel Grant Program makes it possible for Columbia University students to work on a variety of sustainable development and environmental projects nationally and internationally. Research must be affiliated with projects for which students will receive academic credit towards their degree programs at Columbia University. Individual… read more

by |December 1, 2017

Spring 2018 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

By Chandler Precht The Earth Institute is offering undergraduate, graduate and PhD students with opportunities to intern in various departments and research centers in a variety of administration, communications and research roles. Interns work on a variety of sustainability-focused projects across The Earth Institute. These projects provide interns with hands-on workplace experience, allowing them to… read more

by |December 1, 2017