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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 Spring 2016 Sustainability Network Calendar.

Recent News


Prof. Jeff Feder Honored with Graduate School's Burns Award

Prof. Jeffrey Feder, Director of GLOBES from 2005-2012, is one of two award winners of the 2016 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. Given annually to a faculty member for distinction in graduate teaching or other exemplary contribution to graduate education, the award honors Feder's "remarkable vision, coupled with unrelenting tenacity, in conceiving of and successfully implementing the GLOBES program." Read more here.

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

Graduate students across campus have responded with enthusiasm to the newly adopted guidelines and call for applications for the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society program. Since the announcement of new guidelines and the 'GLOBES on the Road' fall social activities to raise awareness and build relationships across colleges, twelve (12) graduate students from several disciplines have applied and been accepted to GLOBES. 


"We've retained the primary focus of GLOBES to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and enhance cross disciplinary training, while making participation in the Certificate program more accessible and flexible for students," said GLOBES Director Gary Lamberti.

See a complete listing of the new GLOBES Fellows here.

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A Warm Welcome to Professor Gary Lamberti as Interim Director of GLOBES

The Reilly Center is delighted to announce that Gary Lamberti, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Stream and Wetland Ecology Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the GLOBES Program for 2015-16. See the full news article here.

GLOBES Certificate Adopts New Application and Program Guidelines

The Executive Committee has approved new guidelines and application process for the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society. The streamlined process adds program flexibility on the part of students to develop interdisciplinary research projects while reducing the overall coursework credits required. For more detailed information on how to apply, go here

GLOBES Graduates Recognized for Interdisciplinary Research 

Since January 2015, six GLOBES students have earned doctoral degrees in their home departments while finishing certificate requirements associated with GLOBES-IGERT fellowships. GLOBES students integrate an interdisciplinary research component into their dissertation thesis under the mentorship of an advisor outside of their primary field. Read about all six graduates in this news article.

GLOBES Newsletter: See our most recent newsletter here: Fall 2015

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Upcoming Events

Fri, March 18
Laudato Si' and the Vatican's Global Influence

The Notre Dame Global Development Initiative hosts Kenneth Hackett, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, at a talk about the challenges faced by Pope Francis as he makes reforms in the Holy See and the Church worldwide. 12:30 pm, Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.

April 3-4
A Global Compact for Sustainable Development

The Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business presents a two-day conference featuring Sir Mark Moody-Stuart who chairs the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. Details and registration here.

April 4-6
For the Planet and the Poor Conference

The Keough School of Global Affairs presents experts on environmental sustainability, integral human development, global health and international education including Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. Complete schedule here.

April 7
Doing Science in the Beltway: A Talk with AAAS Fellow Melinda Gormley

Learn about science policy as a career path, 5:00-5:45 pm, Pasquerilla 112.

April 12
Hesburgh Lecture features environmental activist Bill McKibben

Founder of, McKibben will take the planet's temperature in the wake of the Paris climate accords. 4 pm in McKenna Auditorium.

April 14
Greenhouse Gas Awareness Day

A day-long campus-wide event featuring research talks, poster competition, and interactive games, 8:30 am - 5:15 pm, Cushing Hall. 

April 22
Are Your Data Big?
A Beer and Big Ideas panel discussion and networking event by the Environmental Change Initiative, RSVP

These events compiled in cooperation with the 2016 Campus Sustainability Network Calendar.