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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

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

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GLOBES Students Make Science Policy Presentations in Washington, D.C.

GLOBES graduate students traveled to Washington, DC in early May to make science policy presentations to U.S. State Department and other federal agency officials. The trip to the nation’s capital was part of the U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab project course taught by University of Notre Dame Professor Emeritus David Lodge, an expert on invasive species and water quality issues. Read more.


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

GLOBES is pleased to welcome two new students to the Certificate program. They are Lainey Bristow, an M.S. candidate in Biological Sciences (J. Hellmann advisor), and Katherine O'Reilly, a third-year Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences (Lamberti Lab). Lainey studies climate change effects on the endangered Karner blue butterfly in partnership with the U.S Geological Survey at the Indiana Dunes.  Katherine's research seeks to understand anthropogenic effects on Great Lakes coastal ecosystems, especially linkages between near shore habitats and sport fish sustainability in Lake Michigan. 

There are 22 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.

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Professor Gary Lamberti to continue as 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 Director of the GLOBES Program through 2018, after having served as interim director for the past year. Read more about the Lamberti lab and research 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 2016

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Upcoming Events

March 3, 4
The Reilly Center presents a Positive Research Integrity Workshop at Innovation Park  Join experts from around the country to discuss the emerging field of "positive research ethics". Limited seating available to GLOBES faculty and graduate students. To register, contact Jessica Baron.

Tues, March 7
Integral Ecology Lecture Series: Talk 2
The subject of the talk is Biodiversity and Invasive Species. For more information go here.

Thurs, March 9
The Writer and Social Responsibility 
A public lecture by groundbreaking nature writer Barry Lopez, winner of the National Book Award for "Arctic Dreams." 101 Jordan Hall at 5 p.m. followed by a reception and book signing.

Wed, March 15
GLOBES Mini-grant Application Deadline
 GLOBES fellows are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in support of interdisciplinary research and training. See the RFP: Globes Call For Minigrant Proposals 2017.

Tues, March 21
Integral Ecology Lecture Series: Talk 3 The subject of the talk is Water: Refreshment, Resource, and Waste. For more information go here.

Wed, March 22
Lunch and Talk with visiting science and medicine journalist Alan Schwarz at noon in Legends.GLOBES and HPS students should contact Anna Geltzer for reservations.

Fri, March 31
Ten Years Hence
The Mendoza College of Business Lecture Series explores issues at the intersection of Entrepreneurship and Climate Change. Featured speaker is Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Select Fridays from 10:40 am to 12:10 pm in Mendoza's Jordan Auditorium. Learn more.

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