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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.

Recent News

GLOBES Mini-Grant Awards Showcase Student Research

In the Spring of 2017, GLOBES approved seven mini-grant awards to student projects that advance interdisciplinary research, education, and professional development. As a condition of the award, students present project results utilizing a variety of media tools intended to reach a broader audience. Examples of their work follow:

  • Katherine O'Reilly received a grant to support her participation at two academic conferences where she will co-lead sessions on science communication. See the video entitled "Tiny Plastics, Big Problems" she co-produced with GLOBES fellow Whitney Conard to increase public awareness of the dangers of microplastics and the resulting contamination of foodwebs.
  • Nicole Moore and Meena Said were granted funding to support a presentation on uranium mining contamination findings in the Navajo Nation at the 17th Goldschmidt International Conference in Paris, France. See the Project Video they produced. Read more about the Navajo Nation research in Nicole Moore's blog. The highly interdisciplinary research involves four GLOBES fellows and has also received grant support from the Reilly Center.
  • Rachel Oidtman received support for her participation and presentation at Epidemics6, the International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics in Sitges, Spain. She gave a campus talk in advance of the conference in late November at which she described the role of environmental conditions and importation on recent dengue epidemics in China. The results have several implications for public health policies related to surveillance and outbreak response. More.

Congratulations to GLOBES Fellows Curasi and O'Reilly, Winners of Major Fellowship 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.

Sea Grant Finalists 2018

More Congratulations to Katherine O'Reilly who was selected to receive a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Katherine was nominated by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program and then evaluated at the national level and selected as a finalist. In November, Katherine was placed in the National Sea Grant office as a Science Communications Specialist. Beginning in February 2018, Katherine will undertake a year-long paid fellowship to communicate the research being done by Sea Grant's 33 programs across the country to a variety of audiences including policymakers and the lay public. A wetland ecologist by training, Katherine is advised by Prof. Gary Lamberti. Read the National Sea Grant news article on the 2018 class. Read the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announcement.

Welcome New Student Fellows to GLOBES 

GLOBES is pleased to welcome four new students to its Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society program. The certificate program now serves 28 graduate students with home departments in the College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, and Law School. They are:

Jude Galbraith, PhD student in History and Philosophy of Science. Major Advisor Don Howard.

Lara Grotz, PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Major Advisor Rob Nerenberg.

Richard (Drew) Marcantonio, Dual PhD student in Anthropology and Peace Studies. Major Advisor Catherine Bolten.

Joyce Rivera-Gonzalez, PhD student in Anthropology. Major Advisor Agustín Fuentes.

See a complete listing of GLOBES Fellows here.

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


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Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23
GLOBES Scholar Series on Environment & Society presents Sean Seymore,
Professor of Law and of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University. Prof. Seymore's research addresses how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy. The talk, Rethinking Failure in Law and Science, starts at noon in the Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium 107.

Fri, March 23
GLOBES Scholar Series on Environment & Society presents Genese Sodikoff,
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University-Newark. A cultural anthropologist, Sodikoff is interested in the political economy of biodiversity loss, conservation, and restoration. The talk starts at noon in the Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium 107.

Fri, April 13
GLOBES Scholar Series on Environment & Society presents Professor Vincent Resh
, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC-Berkeley. Prof. Resh studies the biological assessment of water quality and its application to habitat restoration and infectious disease. His talk, The Control of River Blindness: an African Success Story, begins at noon in the Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium 107.

For additional campus events of interest, visit the Minor in Sustainability News and Events and the Environmental Change Initiative.