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An Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society

Welcome to the GLOBES program at the Reilly Center. We offer graduate students the opportunity to be part of an engaged community of scholars who seek new and innovative ways to address environmental challenges facing humankind and the planet. Our mission is to:

  • Enhance interdisciplinary graduate education and research across departments, research initiatives, and colleges so that novel solutions to vexing problems can be understood, invented, tested, and implemented.
  • Train today’s graduate students so that they can address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities in environment and society and compete in an interdisciplinary, professional marketplace.

We promote camaraderie and exchange of knowledge between graduate students and research groups at the intersection of the environment and society. We seek to develop a community that extends beyond the doors of the laboratory and the constraints of disciplines and departments. We assist students in becoming more effective at communicating their research to multiple audiences and in broadening their fluency across department and college domains. We further interdisciplinary collaborations, encourage novel research approaches, and facilitate knowledge-sharing. In other words, we advance Scholarship Serving Nature and Society.


GLOBES students work toward the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society. The certificate program arises directly from the successful training model developed under the National Science Foundation grant award that launched the GLOBES program in 2005. Go to GLOBES History.

Send an email to the GLOBES Office to be added to the GLOBES student list serve and learn about upcoming training activities and special events. Here is a link to the Campus Sustainability Calendar.

Recent News

GLOBES Students and the Navajo Nation Research Project

GLOBES students and Navajo Nation

Four GLOBES students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences are conducting research in the Navajo Nation. Their work links uranium contamination in soil and water samples to abandoned uranium mines located in the Four Corners region of the United States. Read Nicole Moore's blog about this important project supported by grants from the Reilly Center and GLOBES. See the project video here.

GLOBES Graduate Matt Cooper presents Great Lakes research at Obama White House

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GLOBES graduate Matt Cooper PhD '14 gave a presentation on Great Lakes coastal wetlands research at the Obama White House last November. Matt is a research scientist at the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Read more here. Photo courtesy of Northland College.

Congratulations to Sal Curasi, Winner of Fulbright and NSF GRFP Awards

GLOBES student Sal Curasi at Toolik

GLOBES fellow Salvatore Curasi, a second year biology graduate student, has received both a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Award and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. Sal studies the impact of climate change on vegetation and carbon storage in Arctic tundra. He is advised by Dr. Adrian Rocha of Biological Sciences. Read more.

Welcome Anna Geltzer to GLOBES

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Anna Geltzer (M.A. New York University, Ph.D. Cornell University) is the Reilly Center's new Assistant Director of Education and main point of contact for graduate students in the GLOBES and HPS programs. Geltzer’s research interests center on the relationship between biomedical epistemology and political economy of scientific knowledge. Her current book project, "Surrogate Epistemology: Reinventing Biomedicine in Post-Socialist Russia," explores how the disintegration of the Soviet state undermined not only the institutional structure within which biomedicine was practiced but also the epistemological foundations of biomedical knowledge production. Her courses explore the entanglement of science as a practice and an institution with its social, political, cultural, and economic contexts. She can be reached at

Welcome New Student Fellows to the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society

GLOBES welcomes two new students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Nicole Moore and Meena Said are first year students under faculty advisor Amy Hixon. Nicole's research in the nuclear sciences prompted her to join GLOBES and to pursue her interest in the science and policy surrounding all nuclear issues while also effectively communicating accurate information about nuclear science to the general public. Meena would like to expand her knowledge of policy and science as it relates to the nuclear field and hopes to contribute solutions to national security and energy sustainability issues. Nicole and Meena also conduct applied research that focuses on the remediation of uranium contamination due to poor mining practices and abandoned mines in the Navajo Nation.

There are 24 current students in the GLOBES Certificate program with home departments in the College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, and Law School. See a complete listing of GLOBES Fellows here.

GLOBES Newsletter: See our most recent newsletter here: Spring 2017  


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Upcoming Events

Mon, September 25
Gasland Film Screening  Part of the GLOBES Policy Module on Extractive Industries and the Environment, Gasland was nominated for an Academy Award and spurred the national debate on fracking. Geddes Hall Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.

Thurs, September 28
Designing Smart Cities: Mayors Taking Action 
Join ND Energy in welcoming Mayors James Brainard (R-Carmel, IN) and Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, IN) to the Notre Dame campus for a conversation about how the U.S. can meet its climate goals through action on a local level. 101 Jordan Hall of Science, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Tues, October 3
From the Ashes Film Showing in DeBartolo 101, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The film delves into the legacy of the coal industry and its impact on communities and families across the country. Sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns.

Fri, October 6
Forum: Energy & Science Policy in Practice: Working on Local Solutions to Global Problems
with Anthony Ingraffea and Adam Briggle, 214 DeBartolo, 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. More here.

For additional campus events of interest, visit the Minor in Sustainability News and Events