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Student Spotlight: Sustainability Grads Explain What They Learned and What’s Next

Interviews with five students who recently received departmental honors for academic excellence in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development.

by Minji Ko |July 31, 2020

Student Spotlight: Graduating Seniors Reveal How to Thrive in Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Three students discuss their experiences, achievements, and advice for the future students.

by Minji Ko |July 17, 2020
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Malgosia Madajewicz Studies How Communities Make Decisions in the Face of Rising Seas

The development economist thinks that understanding the factors that influence climate adaptation decisions will be key to building a more resilient future.

by |July 8, 2020
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Alumni Spotlight: Elena Belletti Finds Economic Solutions for Environmental Protection

She’s helping countries improve sustainability while achieving their development goals.

by Joshua Cooper |June 23, 2020
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Q&A With Kailani Acosta on Diversity in the Geosciences

Women and people of color are historically underrepresented in the geosciences. Through two different diversity initiatives, graduate student Kailani Acosta is working to change that.

by Elise Gout |June 16, 2020
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Rosanne D’Arrigo: Decoding The History of Climate Cycles, One Tree Ring At A Time

A simple fascination with winter and weather patterns led D’Arrigo to become a globe-trotting scientist who collects and analyzes important data from tree rings.

by |June 11, 2020
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Xiaomeng Jin Uses Satellite Imagery to Track Ozone Formation

Her research as a Ph.D. student at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has yielded important information for air quality control efforts.

by |May 22, 2020
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Jessica Haller: Alum, Climate Activist, and City Council Contender

The Environmental Science and Policy alum is running for New York City Council on a platform that emphasizes sustainability, resilience, and equity.

by Greg Hopper |April 24, 2020

Cayte Bosler: Chronicler of Wilderness Conservation

Cayte is an explorer, an environmental journalist and conservationist, and a student in Columbia’s Sustainability Management masters program.

by |April 22, 2020

Kevin Uno: Examining How Early Humans Responded to Climate Change

Kevin Uno, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, studies how abrupt changes in climate affected Neolithic human settlement, diet, and abandonment in northwest Africa.

by |April 9, 2020